Silverware Suet Feeder
Treat your birds to an elegant meal served in a feeder made with silver spoons and forks.
Your backyard birds deserve a fine dining experience, so serve up their suet in this elegant yet functional holder for a suet cake. Old silverware holds the suet in place for a whimsical way to feed your birds. It takes only a little while to put togetherand before you know it, backyard birds will be lining up for a seat at the table.
What You Will Need
- Weathered board, 2 ft. long and at least 9 in. wide
- Silver-plated flatware, five pieces
- Wire, 18 in. long, 20-gauge
- Screws, assorted sizes to fit hinge holes and drilled silverware
- Drill bits
- Scrap piece of two-by-four
- Drill press or hand drill
- Rubber mallet
- Wire cutter
- Safety goggles
- Wrapped suet cake
Step by step
- Pound silverware as flat as you can with a rubber mallet. The more rustic it looks, the better!
- Use the nail to make divots in handles of the silverware to keep the drill bit from skipping.
- With safety goggles on, drill holes with drill press or hand drill, keeping drill bit perpendicular to silverware.
- To make the first bend, place one piece of silverware, decorative side up, on a sturdy surface. Place two-by-four on top of the handle, and bend the silverware up at a 90-degree angle. Wear gloves if you would like, and repeat with remaining silverware.
- To determine where silverware should go, place a wrapped suet cake on the weathered board; mark with a pencil. Place silverware on the board to hold suet, and attach with screws.
- Make the second bend by placing the two-by-four flush with each piece of silverware and bending the silverware over the two-by-four. Refer to photo (right), and use the rubber mallet to help, if necessary.
- Attach a hinge to the back of the board. The tubular part of the hinge should be just above the edge.
- String wire through the center of the hinge and curl it with pliers to make decorative loops for hanging.
- Remove the wrapper from a store-bought suet cake, but leave it in the plastic tray. Insert into the feeder.
- You're done! Now just enjoy the birds enjoying their treat!