One of my first projects was to make a custom bird feeding station. I know that many people don't like waking up early to the song of sparrows and other small birds. However, it reminds me of my favourite childhood fairy-tale – Cinderella. Remember that old Disney animation?
So, I wanted to invite the little fellows to my backyard. After I did some research about how water features attract them and decided that on a later point I will try to insert one into my garden landscape, I chose to begin with something simpler. The previous home-owners has left some items in the backyard. These matching metal garden trellises were amongst them. Naturally, you can use wooden ones or even old ladders. It sure would make a fun way of re-purposing old ladders, if you ask me. Not only does such a lovely DIY bird feeding station makes a great statement in the backyard but the birds actually love it. You will find great satisfaction in the sight of the playful creatures early in the morning. Personally, I love to drink my coffee on the porch and observe them.
Step 1: Preparation:
Step 2: Materials:
- Two trellises or old ladder;
- Old birdhouse;
- Decorations – ribbons, wreath, mason jars and anything you want to use to make the feeder prettier both for you and the birds.
For the Suet:
1 cup peanut butter;
3 cups cornmeal;
1 cup shortening;
1 cup flour;
Fillers - oats, bird feed, cranberries, dried fruits, nuts or rasins – add ½ cup from each of them or at least a couple of them.
Step 3: How to Make Home-Made Suet
To shape the suet, you can place it in cupcake pan. Expert house cleaners in Melbourne remind that you should spray the pan with non-stick cooking spray. The suet mixture can otherwise be tough to clean. Once you are done with the spraying, press the suet to the pan. Make a hole in the middle with a straw or with a toothpick. Allow the mixture to cool off and dry overnight.
The home-made suet can be shaped in various forms like balls or even with baking forms. If you want to hang them, don't forget to make holes.
Step 4: Decorate the Bird Feeding Station:
As you can see on the picture, I have added some cut oranges. In a thrift store near by I found some lovely old birdhouses and decided to incorporate them into the design. Since I am fascinated with mason jars, I hung one and filled it with filler ingredients. It has more decorative purposes, so I also placed a tea light.
To complete the décor, I made a wine wreath and placed on top of the trellises.
I hope you will have fun making your own DIY bird feeding station.