Recently, our weather has been Arctic and I decided to add more feeding stations for the birds who visit our winter garden. Trying to use what is already on hand is a favorite goal of mine. It just so happened that I had picked up a box of blue and white dishes for a song at a sale. As I added them to my collection, I discovered a few of the dishes had a crack or chip. No longer good for serving food, they were perfect for a garden project!
My friend, The Empress of Dirt, has a wonderful recipe for Un-Suet Suet, a bird suet made with peanut butter instead of animal fat. Since suet is pricey and messy to render, I decided to use her recipe as inspiration. For two teacup feeders I mixed together: 1 cup organic peanut butter, 2 cups sunflower & nut birdseed and 1 cup raisins. Adding other seeds, dried and fresh fruits, you could concoct many different variations!
Using a spoon, I packed each teacup with the peanut butter suet mixture and then stuck shelled peanuts on top. A lovely, natural sundae for the birds!
After packing the teacups with peanut butter suet, I rummaged around and found just enough red ribbon to hang them up. I liked the red, white and blue combination against the evergreen branches.
While hanging the suet-filled teacups, Lo and Behold! There was my trusty, rusty wagon nearby leaning against the shed! Why not? I pulled it over and put my solar birdbath, peanuts and seed in. Instant birdfeeder! Have you noticed how sometimes things just happen along the way as you do a project?
The suet teacups and wagon birdfeeder will provide some additional nourishment for our garden birds during this extra cold snap. Easily refilled or moved, they also bring a cheery spot of color to the dreary winter landscape.
Here are some more birdfeeding posts from Our Fairfield Home and Garden that you might enjoy!