Kids Making Winter Bird Suet

13 Feb

If your kids are bored and need a craft or activity to conquer, suggest making bird suet for the hungry birds. Winter can be tough for our feathered friends needing to feed their bellies.


I made sure all the ingredients were gathered before my highly energetic son sat down with me to make the suet. The recipe was obtained from another blog where Iris writes about Greensboro Birds.

Here is the list of ingredients:

  • 2 cups of corn meal
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of lard
  • 1 cup of bird seed
  • 1 cup of peanut butter
  • 2 cups of quick oats
  • 1/3 cup sugar

Melt the peanut butter and lard in sauce pan. Add the sugar, mix until dissolved.


Combine all the other ingredients and mix dry and wet together.


We then placed this yummy bird suet into a bread pan. We let the mixture harden in the freezer overnight and cut slices in the morning. This recipe really makes quite a bit. I didn’t want to save any and placed slices everywhere in our garden. 2 bird suet feeders, a birdhouse, the birdbath and a couple of chairs. The next day the word was out. Dozens of birds came from afar to nibble at the tasty suet. The cardinals, bluebirds, yellow finches and chickadees were pleasantly watched from my kitchen window.


I am so pleased they loved their suet. I tell you, starting off my morning watching the birds with a cup of coffee is absolutely the best way to begin my day.

Try this activity or craft with the kids. Sure it’s a little messy but well worth it.

Happy Planting!

Diana Gardner-Williams

Landscape Design and Installation


Posted by on February 13, 2009 in Country Living, Crafts


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3 responses to “Kids Making Winter Bird Suet

  1. Joel Gillespie

    February 13, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Love your site – linked to it today. A fellow gardener, well, with a small “g!” As I often say, I love dirt! Majored in Botany mostly, with a couple of horticulture courses at Clemson. Would like to do more fo that as I enter my last 20-30 years!

    • diana gardner-williams

      February 13, 2009 at 4:53 pm

      Hi Joel,
      Welcome to my world. Glad you found it “now” to enjoy for 30 more years.
      Dirt is a good thing.
      I will be by to check out your blog too.

      Happy Planting!

  2. Mary G. Mora

    March 3, 2009 at 4:35 pm


    Thank you for this recipe! Great way of getting the kids involved and making sure that our beautiful feathered friends are fed in the winter.

    Congratulations on a wonderful and informative site! You really make “playing” with dirt a good thing to do!

    Mary G.


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