Story originally appeared on FoodCary.
Cary, NC – We usually write about food for human consumption, but this post is about making some food available outside for our feathered friends. But while you’re at it, this is a lovely addition to your yard and can even be considered festive.
I saw this idea originally because my friend Karen Thor, posted a wreath she made like this a few weeks ago on her Instagram account. I asked her for the “How-To” and the result is this post. Thanks Karen!
Three blocks of suet
Four pounds good quality birdseed
Six oz Dried Cranberries
Six oz peanuts or other nuts
1/4 cup cayenne pepper (optional) good for keeping away squirrels
Handful or fresh cranberries (for color)
- Break up the blocks of suet into chunks and melt them in the microwave to soften
- Using a big bowl, mix together the birdseed and suet
- Add in the berries and nuts
- Get a bundt pan and place the handful of fresh cranberries in the bottom
- Using a bundt pan, add half of the seed mixture
- Place a eight-inch wire wreath form on top
- Attach a loop of wire to function as your hanger (Any wire will do, but green wreath wire is best)
- Place the rest of the seed mixture over all of that, and press down to pack tightly
- Place in your refrigerator or freezer for at least 24 hours
- Remove from refrigerator and place a plate over the top
- Invert and wreath should come right out
Now you can go hang this anywhere out in your yard for days of wonderful winter bird watching. You can say happy holidays to your Wildlife Habitat.
Photo by Karen Thor.