Crafts for Kids

Published on June 17th, 2013 | by Julie Finn


Feeding the Birds: Yarn-Wrapped Suet Cake Tutorial

homemade yarn wrapped suet feeder (2 of 2)

What’s more charming than feeding the birds?

Not a lot, at least according to my kiddos. They love to watch birds at our bird feeders, and yet you can drop a lot of money on all the kinds of bird food and all the kinds of specialty bird feeders there are.

Fortunately, many of this bird food is easy to make, and bird feeders can be even simpler to craft. For instance, got some stash yarn? Bonus points if it’s tangled! If you’ve got yarn, and the few ingredients needed to make suet, here’s a tutorial for a yarn-wrapped suet cake–easy to make, easy to wrap, simple to hang, fun to watch when the birds find it. It’s a kid-friendly craft the whole way through!

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About the Author

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

2 Responses to Feeding the Birds: Yarn-Wrapped Suet Cake Tutorial

  1. Sharon says:

    While I think this idea looks cute and I applaud your interest in birds and helping them, this is a very unsafe bird feeder. Birds can get tangled in yarn and especially when suet gets soft on a warm day, the yarn will end up hanging in long loose strings. Young birds learning how to feed and cling are especially vulnerable.

    It is already recommended that if you put yarn out for nesting material that it be no longer than six inches because birds can get tangled.. Please revise or remove this feeder.

  2. Every time you post about crafting with your girls I get anxious for the day that DH will be big enough to wield a pair of kid scissors!

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