Six Simple DIY Outdoor Projects

By: Julie Day
Bird seed wreath hanging from tree in yard.

Bird seed wreath hanging from tree in yard.

Project #1: Bird Feeders

Whether they’re store bought or homemade, homemade bird feeders make a great addition to your yard.

Bird Seed Wreath:

For a festive look, try making a bird seed wreath to hang in the yard.

To make a bird seed wreath:

  1. Whisk together 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup warm water, 3 tablespoons light corn syrup, and 1 package unflavored gelatin to make an edible “glue.”
  2. Stir in 4 cups of your favorite bird seed, berries, or dried fruit.
  3. Press the mixture into a Bundt pan or gelatin mold and allow it to harden overnight.

Read our article on How To Make a Bird Seed Wreath to find out more.

Suet bird feeders hanging in yard.

Suet bird feeders hanging in yard.

Suet Bird Feeder:

You can also make suet bird feeders, which are popular with lots of birds but are especially good for attracting woodpeckers. These feeders use fat (such as rendered lard) as the “glue” that holds the seed cake together.

To make a suet bird feeder:

  1. Mix one part melted fat with two parts bird seed.
  2. Place a string in each well of a muffin pan or other small containers.
  3. Press the mixture into each well or container.
  4. Put the suet feeders in the fridge to harden.
  5. Keep the feeders refrigerated or frozen until ready to use.

Read our article on How To Make a Suet Bird Feeder to find out more.

Pinecone Bird Feeder:

Pinecone feeders are the easiest of all and make a great kid-friendly project.

To make a pinecone wreath:

  1. Spread unsalted peanut butter on a pinecone.
  2. Roll the pinecone in bird seed until it’s well coated.
  3. Tie a string or ribbon to the pinecone for hanging.

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