DIY Bird Seed Wreath
When the weather turns frigid, all you want to do is stay inside. Instead of binge-watching another episode of the latest trending show on Netflix, get off of the couch and get the family involved in making a suet bird seed wreath to hang and enjoy outside of your Tri-State Home Improvement windows. (Courtesy of DIY Network)
What you’ll need:
- 10-inch metal bundt pan
- Wooden spoon
- Large pot
- Cooking spray
- Wire clothing hanger (remove any cardboard or paper)
- 3 Two-inch strips of burlap, (~24 in.)
- 3 Blocks of rendered plain suet (available at local bird feeding store)
- 9 Cups of bird seed
- ½ Cup smooth or chunky peanut butter
- Dried mealworms (optional)
- Dried fruits and berries (optional)
- Raffia bow (optional)
- Spray bundt pan with cooking spray. Take wire hanger and, with the pliers, make into a circle. Set aside.
- Melt the three blocks of suet in your large pot on very low heat, stirring frequently. It’s important that it does not boil!
- After the suet is completely melted, add the peanut butter to the pot and mix until melted.
- Remove the suet from the stove and slowly stir in the bird seed (and optional mealworms).
- (Optional – add berries and dried fruit to the bottom of the bundt pan)
- Use a measuring cup to fill bundt pan halfway with suet mixture.
- After the bundt pan is half-way filled with suet, add the wire hanger around the center of the pan. Fill the bundt pan with the remaining suet until the pan is full.
- Carefully place the full bundt pan in a cold place (like your Tri-State garage!) overnight.
- Once the mixture is completely hardened, flip the bundt pan over and gently tap on the pan to remove your wreath.
- Braid the burlap together and tie it around your wreath.
- Place raffia bow around the burlap and hang your suet wreath from a hook, feeder pole, or tree for your feathered friends to enjoy!