DIY: Birdseed Wreath

This is a wonderful craft to treat our special feathered friends as the weather gets colder. They are made simply by combining suet and pre-mixed birdseed and are completely safe for the birds to snack on. It is fun to make clever use out of a Bundt pan by creating a pretty suet-birdseed feeder.

Saucepan or baking dish
Fine cheesecloth
Measuring cup
Fresh cranberries
6-cup Bundt pan
Wild birdseed
Dried cranberries
Roasted unsalted peanuts
Large plastic spoon
Wide ribbon

Begin by cutting 1 pound of suet into small chunks and rendering in a saucepan (or baking dish in a 375-degree oven) until all the fat has melted.
Strain rendered suet through fine cheesecloth, allow it to harden at room temperature, and then melt and strain again. Measure out 1 1/2 cups melted suet and set aside.
Place fresh cranberries in bottom of 6-cup Bundt pan in desired pattern (we used three cranberries in every other channel).
In a large bowl, thoroughly combine 4 cups wild birdseed and 1 cup each dried cranberries and peanuts.
Add melted suet to dry ingredients and thoroughly coat using large plastic spoon or your hands.
Once completely combined, fill pan with mixture, being sure to press down firmly as you go.
Allow mixture to harden overnight in the refrigerator (or freezer).
Once hardened, remove pan from fridge and allow to sit at room temperature for 5 or 10 minutes before un-molding.
With wide ribbon, hang wreath outside when temperature is around freezing. Be sure wreath is not in direct sunlight, to avoid melting or spoiling. (Tip: Avoid using twine or rope to tieup wreath as it can pull through and break the side of the wreath.)