Homemade Suet Ball Bird Feeder

How To Make a Homemade Suet Ball Feeder

At Palores, if there's one thing we love just as much as the natural world, birds and packing our bird food subscription boxes, it’s making things! Maddie and I are artists at heart and we love nothing more than letting our crafty sides loose. We also think there is an abundance of ways that we can all reduce what we buy and for us to all live more sustainable lives, and making homemade or repurposed versions of things is a small but brilliantly planet-friendly way of helping where we can. 

Palores Makes

Palores Makes will be a series of creative how-to posts that will feature a range of cool creations you and your family can enjoy making along with us. Maddie and I are passionate about creativity and have a lot of fun ideas to get you making some brilliant bird-related creations, we would also love to see your birdy creations, admire anything avian related you and your families have made, and hear of any suggestions or requests you might have for future Palores Makes posts. Drop us a line at hello@paloresbirdfood.co.uk or through our Instagram or Facebook accounts. 

Plastic Free and Recycled Bird Feeders

This weekend we have been thinking of ways to reduce the amount of plastic you are introducing into the environment if you are new to feeding birds and are keen on signing up for our bird food subscription service. Our bird food subscription boxes are completely plastic-free and a great place to start, if we do say so ourselves! Bird feeders, of course, aren't single-use plastic, but when they have lived their lives, they will generally be thrown away and will likely end up in landfills. So, with this in mind, what is better than having to buy two bird feeders? Buying just the one! We have found a very cool way of feeding your garden birds their superb Palores suet balls with just a simple piece of recycled, or other eco-friendly, string and a bit of a crafty mind. 

It is also worth bearing in mind that keeping your bird feeders clean will greatly increase their life, as well as prevent viruses from spreading around our bird populations, keep your eyes peeled for a full post on proper bird feeder care soon!

Our Home Made Suet Ball Feeder

We did a lot of research into making homemade bird feeders and will be showing you some of these in future Palores Makes posts. However, it was a suggestion from Maddie’s sister that pointed us in the direction of this fantastically simple and sustainable suet ball feeder. So we can all thank Caroline when our Palores premium suet balls are nourishing our glorious garden birds this spring.

In order to make your very own homemade suet ball feeder, you'll need just a few everyday household items and a moment or two of spare time. 

You will need:

  • A metal skewer or similar long thin pokey object!
  • An old piece of string/shoelace/twine, or new eco-friendly piece of string, approximately 40cm in length
  • A small amount of dexterity!
  • A place away from predators where you can hang your new homemade suet ball feeder
Tools Needed to Make Homemade Bird Feeder


  1. Take three of the premium suet balls from your Palores subscription box, we recommend three as this is suitable for a small to medium-sized garden per week, and bore a hole through the middle of each with the skewer. 
Skewering the Bird Food Suet ball

2. Tie a knot, larger than the holes you have bored through the suet balls, in the bottom of your piece of string.

Tying Knots for Homemade Bird Feeder

3. Thread all three Palores premium suet balls onto the string and make sure they are secure.

Finished Homemade Suet Ball Feeder For Birds

4. Tie to a tree or hedge away from places where predators might be able to reach. 

Hanging our Homemade Bird Feeder

5. Stand back, admire your handy work, pour yourself a long cold drink and sit quietly and watch your avian amigos flock to their new feeding station.

Suet Ball Bird Feeder Hanging in a Cornish Garden

It really is as simple as that! We would recommend changing the string regularly, as birds can carry some diseases that can spread to other birds, and put onto your compost heap, into your recycling bin or washed and reused again, depending on which material you have used. 

Over the next few months we will be making loads more things out of recycled materials that can be of benefit to our feathery friends or can beautify our lives, so if you’ve got a crafty eye then keep an eye out for the future Palores Makes posts.