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How to Make an Easy Suet Bird Feeder

Hanging DIY Duet Bird Feeders

Why should you make a DIY suet bird feeder instead of just hanging out birdseed during the colder months? Wild birds need extra calories to survive the winter months. Where I live in Canada our yard is covered in snow for at least six months a year. It’s a really tough place for birds to survive. Although some birds fly far away, several bird species make the best of it. Other birds return early as our first hopes of Spring and their food is still quite scarce. Although birdseed helps, the extra calories found in suet are fabulous for our little feathered friends struggling with Winter.

The best suet for suet feeders is beef fat suet because animal fat is easily digested by many types of birds and has lots of needed calories, and beef suet is a hard fat that will hold its shape in warmer temperatures.

If you want to make sure what’s best for the birds the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a great page about Suet, Mealworms, and Other Bird Foods.

The Best Location for the DIY Bird Suet Feeders

You’ll need a suitable location to hang the feeder, such as near a tree or other spot where there is some shelter for your birds, where it’s out of the direct sun, such as an overhang. The best place is outside the front window on tree branches, just be sure that it’s not a window that birds will fly into.

I hung my suet bird feeders on a tree outside the back window so that the birds could sit on the branches and reach the feeder. I am hopeful they will notice the feeders as they seem to enjoy perching on this tree. The squirrels may find them instead, but they need food for winter too.

The backyard birds are so much fun to watch and it’s cheerful to watch them out the window. We have countless little birds enjoying the suet, and we have seen woodpeckers, and even several pairs of blue jays enjoying our DIY suet feeders.

How to Make a Suet Bird Feeder

Suet Bird Feeder DIY Supplies

Supplies for a suet bird feeder diy project including a mold, suet, birdseen straw and string.
  • 2 pkg real beef suet
  • 1 cup Birdseed
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Silicone Mold
  • Small pot & mixing spoon
  • String or twine
  • Large eyed needs
  • Straws

Along with beef commercial suet, I was able to grab a Valentine-shaped mold from the dollar store. Any shape of silicone mold works well as it’s easy to pull the silicone off. Pick any shape you like, but it was close to Valentine’s Day and I thought hanging the heart-shaped feeders would be a fun family activity with my granddaughters.  And I like how the little hearts look hanging on the branches.  


Step 1 – Add the beef suet into a small pan, and place on the stove over low heat stirring occasionally. It takes about 5 to 10 minutes to soften. Stir it occasionally.

Note: I made the top half of the bird suet feeders in a video, those are the top ones you see that are almost finished. The bottom 3 Valentine shapes are the ones that show the individual steps for the still images.

Step 2 -Place your silicone mold on the counter, and add about 2 tsp of seeds in the bottom of each section.

A mold full of suet bird feeders homemade with bird seed on the bottom layer.

Step 3 – Cut six lengths of the straw a little bit higher than your mold. Then place a straw in each section about where you want the string to hang.

Adding cut bits of paper straws into the top of a heart shape mold.

Step 4 – Stir the melted suet until it is sort of smooth and then spoon it into each section.

A pot full of melted suet over top of a mold for making suet bird feeder.

Fill each section until there is about 1/4 inch of space left on top. Reposition the straw where you want the string to be strung through.

A silicone tray with six suet bird feeders 3 are filled and 3 have suet not yet finished.

Step 5 – Before the suet hardens cover the top of the suet with birdseed.

Adding bird seed to the top of the melted suet in a heart shaped silicone molds.

Step 6 – Place in the freezer for a couple of hours until hard. Once hard remove from the freezer. Work over scrap paper or a garbage bag, flip the mold over, and the excess seeds will fall off. Then peel the silicone mold away from each suet feeder.

How to Hang Suet Without Needing a Feeder

Hanging Suet Cakes Using Twine

The hangers are made using 2-foot lengths of bakers or regular twine. Cut then flatten the end and push through the large-eyed needle.

Threading a large eyed needle with twine for making the bird feeder hangers.

Trim the straw so that it’s even with the top of your DIY suet bird feeder and then pass the twine through the straw.

Suet Bird Feeder DIY Video Tutorial

A simple video that shows how I made these specific suet bird feeders.

Easy to make Valentine shaped DIY suet bird feeder with lots of bird seed hanging from a tree outdoors.

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pretty DIY home pin it logo with a house icon.
A close up of a simple to make DIY suet feeder for birds hanging on a tree.  The bird suet hanger is heart shaped and tied to a tree branch with bakers twine.

Other Bird Themed Tutorials

A close up of two pink and blue origami birds sitting on top of a Spring flower arrangement.

Easy Origami Bird Paper Craft

All you need to make these sweet little paper birds is a piece of double sided card stock. The free bird cut out pattern is included.

An adorable enamel looking bird feeder in white and black hanging on a pine branch.

DIY Bird Feeder Outdoor Decor Idea

This little DIY Bird Feeder began at the dollar store, and it still looks great a couple of years later. Hubs loves this bird feeder, keeps it filled, and calls me to the different birds all Summer.


  1. I’m not much of a cook but I think I can handle this one. Our Winter doesn’t get as cold as yours (not even close) but our garden birds struggle too, and I think they’ll enjoy this. I’ve pinned the recipe to try when the cold months roll around again.

    1. Hi Michelle. I always try and imagine the beauty of South Africa. The cold is hard on them but we were excited to some bluejays snacking on our feeders yesterday.

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