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.
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