Home Made Bird Feeder

Looking for a simple project to do with the kids? We love watching birds, and ever since we moved here, I have planned to buy a bird feeder to put up in our yard, but somehow, just never got around to it. But this year, I came across a really simple way to make a homemade bird feeder from mesh bags.

Mesh bag bird feeder

I started saving the bags that our oranges and onions come in.

Mesh bag bird feeder

I found a few recipes that can be used to make suet to feed birds, but we ended up just using what we had on hand.

Mesh bag bird feeder

1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup fat
1 cup large flake oats
1 cup peanuts (crushed)

I would have added bird seed, but didn't manage to get any.

We combined everything in a small mixing bowl.

Mesh bag bird feeder suet

The mixture is pretty greasy, so Danica used small bags to shape it into balls. 

We set the balls in the freezer for a while to make them easier to work with, then put them inside the mesh bags.

Mesh bag bird feeder

We then tied the ends, and attached the suet balls to a hanger. We have a pole in our yard for hanging flower baskets. It  seemed like the best place to hang our new bird feeder. 

Mesh bag bird feeder

Mesh bag bird feeder

Danica put together a slide show of how to make these easy and inexpensive bird feeders.


Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Great little feeders and you can hang them all over the place. Shaping them in plastic bags was a great idea. I've used mesh bags for a few years and they sure help to stop the suet balls from falling to the ground once the birds get pecking at them.

Deborah said...

Using the plastic bag helped a lot...that fat is greasy!

Ruth Hiebert said...

Looks like a great idea.

Deborah said...

Thanks for stopping by, Ruth. It was fun!

Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening said...

Very clever idea and I am sure the birds enjoy it!

Deborah said...

I hope so! Right now they seem to be hiding in the bush!

Michelle said...

Those were great ideas! I love that you used what you had.

Deborah said...

Michelle, Yes, I tend to use just whatever I have on hand for most things...Welcome to the cheap and easy blog!

Shirley said...

We love making suet for the birds also. I like the way you repurposed those bags! Very clever idea which I think I will borrow.

Deborah said...

I saw the idea somewhere online...probably pinterest, and thought it looked like a great idea.