This weekend I made suet bird feeders and am planning to give them as holiday gifts! They took 10 minutes to make and two hours to cool.
- 4 cups bird seed – any blend is fine. I opted for this “bird watcher’s blend” – basically the cheapest blend I could find.
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1 packet gelatin dissolved into 1/4 cup boiling water.
- 4 Tbps corn syrup.
- Plastic cling wrap.
- Plastic straws, cut into three sections.
- Metal skewer or any sturdy, thing object longer than 4″.
- Glass star-shaped dish. I found these at the dollar store. I’ve seen other sites that make similar suet feeders out of cookie cutters but I couldn’t find cookie cutters that were big enough so I bought these (thanks to my sister for the find).
- Ribbon, twine, or string.
- Cooking spray.
- Dissolve the packet of gelatin in the 1/4 cup boiling water.
- In a large bowl, mix the water and gelatin, flour, and corn syrup. Once it’s blended, stir in all the birdseed. The mix will be really sticky. I found it worked best to mix it with my hands.
- Spray the star dish with cooking spray then line it with plastic cling wrap. This will make pulling the suet molds out of the glass much easier once they’ve set.
- Scoop the birdseed mix into the lined glass dishes. Fill the dish to the top. Take a piece of plastic cling wrap and use it to pack the birdseed mix into the dish. The tighter you pack it, the better it will hold together.
- Using the sharp object, poke a hole in the middle of the star. Make sure the hole goes all the way through the mold.
- Insert the straw into the hole. This will stay in place until the mold dries.
- Repeat steps 3-6 until all the birdseed mix is gone.Let the molds dry at least two hours. I set mine outside in 10 degree weather for at least four hours.
- Pull the molds out. I found it was best to tug on all sides of the plastic cling wrap at once. They’ll be pretty stuck and will take some tugging.
- Loop the string though the hole and tie a knot, making a loop with the string. You can remove the straw for this part, or keep it in but trim it down to be the length of the mold. I opted to trim the straw and keep it in so the string wouldn’t rub on the mold and wear on it.
- Hang outside or wrap up to give as gifts.