Wednesday, January 14, 2015

DIY Mason - or Jelly Jar - Suet Feeder

Very simple and inexpensive suet feeder.
Start with a small threaded jar - I used 4oz jelly jars - but any repuposed small jar would work.
You could make your own DIY hanger for the jar, but I found these (Ball Jar Wire Handle 3 pack) at Joann Craft Store.  A package of 3 hangers is about $5 - but use a 50% off coupon and then they are only $2.50. - That adds up to less than a dollar per feeder! Fill them with purchased suet or make your own. Here's the recipe:

Basic Suet Recipe 
1 cup lard
1 cup chunky peanut butter
Melt the lard and peanut butter together, then add:
3 cups cornmeal
1/2 cup flour
4 cups birdseed

 Tufted Titmouse

Northern Male Cardinal

One of my favorite backyard birds - The Caroline Wren ♥

Little bit more of a challenge for a Blue Jay to eat suet out of a jelly jar,
 but he manages to get the job done.


  1. Love putting out suet for the birds; this is a great way to utilize the small jars and odered hangers this day. Sparrows tend to hog the sunflower seeds so like the suet for the chickadees, flickers. Am going to try putting a small jar of suet out for the juncos on the deck as well. Lovely pictures


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