How To Make a Suet Bird Feeder

1-2 hours

Learn how to make a simple bird feed for your yard

Make a Suet Bird Feeder

Set up a readily accessible suet bird feeder to give your birds a much needed nutritional treat. Suet is made from fat, which provides high concentrations of energy to birds that need it in order to sustain a constant high metabolism.

Suet feeders are easy to maintain, require very little cleaning and are effortlessly refilled. Just follow the easy instructions in this project guide and you can make your own bird feeder in an hour of less.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT

1
Cut hardware cloth and calculate size of your bird feeder
Cut hardware your bird feeder - Suet Bird Feeder

• Always wear work gloves when cutting wire. The frayed edges when cut are sharp and can cause injury. Always wear safety glasses as flying pieces of wire may be dangerous.
• Figure out the size of your finished product by multiplying the width and height to get the final total square inches. The finished size of the feeder in this project guide is 4 3/4 inches wide x 5 inches high x 1 3/4 inches in diameter.
• Cut a manageable piece of hardware cloth to work with, keeping in mind the measurements you want your feeder to be.

2
Measure and draw line on hardware cloth
Measure draw line cloth - Suet Bird Feeder

• The feeder essentially follows the same layout as a regular box.
• Follow the diagram pictured above when measuring and drawing your lines on the hardware cloth, or use it as a starting point if you have a custom size.

3
Cut wire along your marked lines
Cut wire along marked lines - Suet Bird Feeder

Once you have your hardware cloth drawn, use wire cutters to cut it out. Cut along your permanent marker lines as shown. Your final piece should resemble the diagram sketch in Step 2.

4
Fold sides into a box
Fold sides box - Suet Bird Feeder

• Now it’s time to fold the sides of your hardware cloth into an actual box.
• Use a ruler to provide stability and line it up against the line you want to fold.
• Repeat this process for all the sides.

Note: Your hardware cloth should not have any wire sticking out on the edges when you go to fold. Cut off any pieces like the ones shown to the left with wire cutters.

5
Tie the edges and thread the sides with wire
Adhere edges thread  - Suet Bird Feeder

The last part of assembling your feeder is adhering the edges together. Using your thin wire, thread it in between the two sides as shown.

6
Connect the sides of the feeder
Connect sides  feeder - Suet Bird Feeder

• Twist the wire as shown to make a loop connecting the two sides of the feeder. Continue winding the wire all the way up the side.
• When you get to the top, trim the wire. Make sure there are no sharp edges protruding by bending the tip of the wire between the two sides of the feeder as best you can.
• Repeat this process for the other sides of the feeder.

7
Spray paint the box
Spray pain box - Suet Bird Feeder

• Choose a location to paint your feeder that’s well-ventilated such as a garage or a backyard. Use a piece of cardboard to rest the feeder on while you painting that’s large enough to allow you to easily spray around it on all sides.
• Choose a location to paint your feeder that’s well-ventilated such as a garage or a backyard.
• Use a piece of cardboard to rest the feeder on while you painting that’s large enough to allow you to easily spray around it on all sides.
• Shake the spray paint can vigorously before starting, and then hold it at least 6 inches away from the feeder as you spray in a steady, constant motion.

8
Add S hooks
Add S hooks - Suet Bird Feeder

After your feeder is completely dry, attach any chain to an S hook of your choice to the sides. Make sure that the chain is attached to the middle of them for balance.

9
Insert suet brick
Insert suet brick - Suet Bird Feeder

Insert your brick of suet into the feeder, hang, and get ready for some bird watching.