How to Make Easy Bird Seed Fat Balls

by Sarah - Craft Invaders

Although winter is seen as the most critical time for feeding birds, they do benefit from being fed all year round. In an ideal world your local environment would contain lots of natural bird food in the form of insects and seed heads, but birds can experience episodes of food shortage at any time of year, and often appreciate any supplementary food that is put out for them.

Our home-made Willow bird feeder and Bird Seed Fat Cakes are a great way to feed the birds up in the trees or in your garden.

 

Due to having a highly predatory cat, we don’t have a bird table. It would be unfair of us to lure birds to an area he could access. He doesn’t, however, climb trees so when the kids asked to feed the birds  this is what we came up with.

 

How to Make Easy Bird Seed Fat Balls

 

Our home-made Willow bird feeder and Bird Seed Fat Cakes are a great way to feed the birds up in the trees or in your garden.

 

We started by making fat balls. You can make these from lard or suet and a mix of seeds that are suitable for wild birds.

 

Our home-made Willow bird feeder and Bird Seed Fat Cakes are a great way to feed the birds up in the trees or in your garden.

 

We simply mixed our seed into softened lard, adding a little at a time until our balls held together solidly when pressed tightly, and then popped them in the fridge to firm up. The kids loved mixing up the balls; it’s great, tactile, messy play!

 

Our home-made Willow bird feeder and Bird Seed Fat Cakes are a great way to feed the birds up in the trees or in your garden.

 

If you make a large batch of bird seed fat balls you can freeze extras until they are needed.

In very warm weather, the fats can become rancid, so please bear that in mind during the summer.

 

Our home-made Willow bird feeder and Bird Seed Fat Cakes are a great way to feed the birds up in the trees or in your garden.

 

For our feeder we used our Rustic Willow Ball. It’s perfect for the birds to hold on to, is totally bio-degradable, and can be hung up high in a tree well away from our prowling cat and other predators.

 

Our home-made Willow bird feeder and Bird Seed Fat Cakes are a great way to feed the birds up in the trees or in your garden.

 

Another great way to feed garden birds if you don’t have a conventional feeder, and want to feed the birds in the trees, is to fill the bark holes in tree trunks with softened suet or lard containing insects, meal worms and peanut granules. This method is appreciated by birds such as tree-creepers and woodpeckers.

If you want to bring the birds in closer to your house, why not try a window bird feeder. We made ours from an old cake pan and the birds love it!

 

Our home-made Willow bird feeder and Bird Seed Fat Cakes are a great way to feed the birds up in the trees or in your garden.

 

We love our rustic home made bird feeder, and think it looks fab hung high up in our tree. We’d love to know if you feed the birds in your garden, and would be especially interested in hearing how you go about doing so if you have a cat.


Our home-made Willow bird feeder and Bird Seed Fat Cakes are a great way to feed the birds up in the trees or in your garden.

 

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32 comments

TiredHappyMummy June 9, 2016 - 6:12 am

This is such a good idea, I’m adding it to our to do list!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 9, 2016 - 6:35 pm

Let me know if you try it 🙂

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Celeste June 8, 2016 - 4:42 pm

This is such a nice thing to do with children. It teaches them so much about the world around them.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 9, 2016 - 6:26 pm

I think its really important to have an understanding of the natural world, Celeste. They were fun to make 🙂

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Mary June 8, 2016 - 7:40 am

I love the willow ball! Our cat doesn’t really climb trees either but I’ll have to put it out on a small limb just to make sure 🙂

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 9, 2016 - 6:21 pm

We do love our cat, but hes a menace to the local wildlife – especially at this time of year 🙁

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Linda at Mixed Kreations June 7, 2016 - 11:48 pm

What a great idea! I love the willow balls. Great way to feed the birds. You could even use them to put string, straw, and stuff for nest building.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 9, 2016 - 6:18 pm

Love the idea of putting nesting materials in them, Linda. – will definitely remember that for next spring 🙂

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Katrin June 7, 2016 - 7:16 pm

This is not only so so pretty but such a great craft and activity for the kids! I will pin this for the summer 😉 I remember when I was a kid, that we only ever used to put out bird seeds during the winter when there was frost, but I guess that has changed throughout the years! The birds in my yard actually benefit from our bunnies food as well 😉 but I’d love to make one of these!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 9, 2016 - 6:15 pm

Let me know if you make one Katrin – I’d love to see it 🙂

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