Melissa Caughey


Materials Needed

  • 10-inch metal bundt pan
  • cooking spray
  • wire clothing hanger
  • pliers
  • large stock pot
  • wooden spoon
  • 3 two-inch strips of burlap approximately 24 inches long
  • raffia
  • 3 blocks of rendered plain suet -- available at your local bird feeding store
  • 9 cups of bird seed
  • ½ cup smooth or chunky peanut butter
  • dried mealworms (optional)
  • dried fruits and berries (optional)

Step 1: Spray Pan

Spray the bundt pan with cooking spray and set aside. Remove any cardboard or paper from the wire hanger and with the pliers, shape it into a circle. Set it aside. As you can see it is a rustic circle. It will sit, hidden in the center of the suet. If the birds happen to eat through one part of your suet wreath, it will not fall to the ground but will remain hanging on this wire.

Step 2: Melt Suet

Over very low heat on the stove, melt three blocks of suet in the large stock pot. Stir frequently and do not let it boil.

Step 3: Add Peanut Butter

Once the suet is completely melted, add and melt the peanut butter into the liquid suet. Remove the suet from the stove and gradually stir in the bird seed and optional dried mealworms. Mix until well incorporated.

Step 4: Add Berries

Add the optional berries and dried fruit into the bottom of the bundt pan. With a measuring cup, fill the bundt pan half way with the suet mixture. Be careful, the suet will be very warm.

Step 5: Fill Pan

Add the wire hanger circle into the half-filled bundt pan and then finish filling the pan to the top with suet. Place the bundt pan in a cold place. I used our garage. Allow the suet to harden overnight. Once hardened, invert the bundt pan and tap it gently to remove the suet wreath.

Step 6: Braid Burlap

Braid the burlap together and tie it around the suet wreath. Finally, add a raffia bow and hang the suet wreath from a hook, feeder pole or tree for the birds to enjoy!

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