Super Easy 3 Cake Suet Feeder

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Introduction: Super Easy 3 Cake Suet Feeder

About: Retired teacher. Gardener, woodworker, bird enthusiast, and maker of things.

This project is super easy. Only one tool is really needed, a pair of needle nose pliers. A ruler is handy but not really needed.

Supplies

Bird feeder suet
2 Utility baskets from the dollar store
A coat hanger
A pair if needle nose pliers with a wire cutter
A ruler and a marker

Step 1: Getting Started

Once you have gathered your materials you can get started. You don’t really need 3 suet cakes but this feeder will hold up to three so less trips for you to replenish.

Step 2: Straighten the Coat Hanger

Find the center of your coat hanger. Cut it at the center point. Straighten out both sides.

Step 3: Now That the Hanger Is Straight, You’re Going to Bend It

Eyeball the center of the dollar store basket and place it in the center of the straightened hanger. Mark the wire just inside the outer wall of the basket. Bend both sides so they go straight down. These pictures may be out of order.....I still haven’t mastered rearranging them in instructables.

Step 4: One More Bend

Mark the wire approximately 1” from the end. Measure it if you’re like me and need to make sure it’s perfect. Use the needle nose pliers to make a “hook” on each end. Capture both baskets with the hooks and clinch the hooks together to form a “hinge” on the baskets. You’re finished!

Step 5: Finish Up Hang It Up

Open the baskets and add up to three suet cakes. One will work too. Use the little twist wires that come with the baskets to close them up. You’re ready to hang it up and start watching the birds enjoy their new found source of food.

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    18 Comments

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    henkietheman
    henkietheman

    Question 9 days ago on Step 5

    what is a step ID and how to apply it?

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    lsatch
    lsatch

    Answer 8 days ago

    Sorry, I don’t know. You may have to contact the help center.

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    pemazzei
    pemazzei

    9 days ago

    Hello! Very nice. Please, what is the name of the red head bird? Here in Brazil we have a very similar one and it is a woodpecker. Maybe the same? Thanks.

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    lsatch
    lsatch

    Reply 9 days ago

    Oddly enough it’s a red belly woodpecker but all the red is on the head. Thanks for watching and commenting.

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    pemazzei
    pemazzei

    Reply 9 days ago

    OK, thank you. Paulo

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    lsatch
    lsatch

    Reply 8 days ago

    Thank you

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    CathyNoyb
    CathyNoyb

    Reply 9 days ago

    Not all the red is on the head. There is also a small patch on the belly, which you can partly see at the 1:07 mark of the video. Also, you forgot to mention the hitch pin used to hold the baskets together at the bottom to keep the suet cakes from falling out. Otherwise, GREAT IDEA!

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    lsatch
    lsatch

    Reply 9 days ago

    The hitch pin was a late addition. The original twist ties wore out over a years time and I found the pin. Another viewer said he used wire ties and and lobster clasp to secure the baskets. I think that’s a better way to go than the way I did it.
    Thanks for watching and commenting. The feedback is much appreciated. Larry

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    CathyNoyb
    CathyNoyb

    Reply 8 days ago

    The wire ties are plastic and UV will degrade them and make them brittle, which will cause them to eventually break. When I do it (and that should be soon), I'll cut a short segment of each of the extended ends of the coat-hanger wire and curl the cut pieces to look like split rings, then twist them onto both baskets to act as hinges. They'll be safe from critters and strong enough to withstand any attack.

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    lsatch
    lsatch

    Reply 8 days ago

    That sounds like a good idea. Yes, the twist ties will where out. Someone said they used lobster clasp and that’s a good idea too. Thanks for looking and commenting.

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    rozzieozzie
    rozzieozzie

    9 days ago

    Thank you for the post, it looks easy enough for even me to make. I might have to close up the top hanger curve to attach it to my tree with a chain. The squirrels are just so darn smart, they’d knock it down in no time! Thanks for the great instructions!

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    lsatch
    lsatch

    Reply 9 days ago

    I’ve never have never seen a squirrel on it but a raccoon did take it down one night and broke into it. It had been up for quite some time without any problems. After the raccoon got it, I modified it and put it under the peanut butter feeder and put a long pvc pipe above it. Haven’t had any problems since. If you look at some of the other videos in my fir the birds playlist you’ll see what I’m talking about. Thanks for commenting. Good luck. Larry

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    j1shalack
    j1shalack

    9 days ago

    Great idea...!
    Can't wait to do this, my birds eat a cake a day, it seems!
    I was thinking, a safety pin, velcro or twist-tie might work as a closure, too...?

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    lsatch
    lsatch

    Reply 9 days ago

    Another viewer said he used a lobster clasp. They are cheap and I think would work great. Thanks for commenting

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    Daunz
    Daunz

    9 days ago on Step 5

    Simple to make and sturdier than the suet feeders I bought....hanging chains are so cheap they always break. Thanks for a great idea, and for sharing some wonderful bird photos

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    lsatch
    lsatch

    Reply 9 days ago

    Thank you for looking and sharing.

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    Tweetysvoice
    Tweetysvoice

    9 days ago

    I have a stack of those little white baskets that were for a project that didn't work out. Finally something I can actually use them for -and with minimal effort too! They'll go great with my new bird bath and butterfly garden! Thanks for the idea!

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    lsatch
    lsatch

    Reply 9 days ago

    Thanks so much. The birds love mine