Simple vintage glass insulator suet feeder

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I think this will be the fastest and the simplest post in the history of blogging… I debated if I should even share this easy DIY project at all. I hope you like it and it will brighten up your bird feeding area in your own fall garden.

We live in the country and we have lots of different types of wild life, mostly though we have a ton of birds… in the fall we start putting out the suet for our feathered friends, we refill the suet cages usually every 4 days when it’s very cold. Our large bow window is like a big TV, if you’re into bird watching that is. For us it’s a never ending form of relaxation and entertainment. Maybe we should get out more… hahah. πŸ˜‰

For those of you who follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know that I have a slight obsession with anything vintage. My collection of vintage glass insulators is pretty modest really, considering how much I love them. I decided to actually use the insulators as suet holders one day and I love the way it turned out and bonus, I get to see my pretty insulators being used… not collecting dust. Not that my house has dust, HA! Feeding the plethora of birds that visit our yard is very satisfying and I love that they like my DIY feeder.

DIY vintage bird feeder | Vin'yet Etc.

This is how I made my simple vintage glass insulator suet feeder.

Things you will need.

A glass insulator, in this case size does not matter. You can hang a bunch of different sizes, colours, get creative and hang a variety of them, this is for your entertainment… go for it I say.

AquaInsulator | Vin'yet Etc.

Twine, string, or any cord that appeals to you. Last year I just used jute and I didn’t do anything fancy. This year I wanted to try my hand at macrame and decided to use the jute to do that. I like the way it turned out, it’s not fancy… I liked it just as much last year too with just plain jute.

Twine | Vin'yet Etc.

If you’d like to macrame your jute holder, any tutorial on YouTube will help you with that… that is where I got my VERY simple pattern from this year. But…

If you’d just rather go the simple route, this is what I did, last year.Β  I used 3 separate pieces of jute, the lengths were measured by extending my arms to full span once for each piece. Here is a visual of what my process was.

Instructions Jute Hanger | Vin'yet Etc.

Once the insulator is secured in the hanger I filled the feeder.

Glass Insulator Suet Feeder | Vin'yet Etc.

I filled the very bottom of the insulator (where the insulator is threaded) with black oil sunflower seeds, I find this little trick makes clean up much faster.

Glass Insulator Suet Feeder | Vin'yet Etc.

Then, I stuffed the top portion of the insulator with suet. We buy, already made suet, I know you can easily make your own, but that’s where we get lazy.

Glass Insulator Suet Feeder | Vin'yet Etc.

Then, I simply sprinkle the top and outer edge with black oil sunflower seeds.

Glass Insulator Suet Feeder | Vin'yet Etc

I made this one today, within minutes there were birds… I hung it and came back in to take some photos from our kitchen window, by the time I was at the camera they started to show up. Hungry little guys, trying to fatten up for winter.

VintageBirdFeeder | Vin'yet Etc.

When the weather gets really cold, this feeder along with our other feeders will be very busy. It’s important to remember, once you start feeding the birds to continue, because they start to depend on that feed.

I hope you like how I use some of my vintage glass insulators…Β  and have enjoyed one of the ways we prepare for colder fall weather around here.Β  I’ve joined in with other fantastic bloggy friends and Hometalk, we are all sharing different DIY home and garden fall projects for your inspiration.Β  What are some of the ways you prepare for the coming winter, do you feed the birds?

Thanks so much for stopping by, have a wonderful Autumn! xo

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Please go and check out all of the awesome fall projects… you won’t be disappointed.Β  You can follow along with the hashtag #homeforfall, I can’t wait to see what everyone has done.

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  • Reply Funky Junk Interiors October 19, 2015 at 3:30 am

    Laurie, this is completely adorable! I have insulators but there they sit collecting dust. These are beautiful! And I’d bet the sunlight streaming through them makes them even more amazing.

    Sadly, I don’t feed the birds during winter because I think I’d forget… but this makes me want to try!

    Thanks for joining our blog hop! Loved the bird twist! πŸ™‚

    • Reply Laurie October 19, 2015 at 5:31 pm

      Thanks so much Donna, I think it’s cute too… thanks for organizing such a cool blog hop! xoxox

      If you’d like to try this feeder, do it in the summer with just seed, that way if you forget, it’s not a huge deal. The winter they become so dependant, it’s a rough time of the year for them.

  • Reply Alicia October 19, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    I love this idea. I collect insulators and will definintely be making one for outside the kitchen window at the cottage. Thanks for this πŸ™‚

    • Reply Laurie October 21, 2015 at 1:28 am

      That sounds lovely! I’m sure the little feathered friends will appreciate it.

  • Reply Lindsay Eidahl October 19, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    What a great use for insulators!

    • Reply Laurie October 21, 2015 at 1:27 am

      Thanks Lindsay!

  • Reply Jill Flory October 19, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    I LOVE this idea! So glad you shared! I have a few of these and it would make a great Christmas gift for my Mom!

    • Reply Laurie October 21, 2015 at 1:23 am

      Oh, I think your Mom would really like something hand made and so thoughtful.

  • Reply Kari October 19, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    I LOVE this idea, as I am a big fan of using my vintage stuff not just dusting it! I live on a farm and have almost tame Chickadees that I feed every day in the winter – they will feed within about a foot of me. The first yr I did have one that ate from my hand several times but due to the cold Canadian Prairie winters I usually get too cold before that happens anymore. It takes time, stillness and patience but is so cool when it happens- if you love birds like I do! Living in the country has its perks as you end up with your β€œown” birds that rely on you and get to know you as the nearest neighbors are about a mile away. I call mine and they come within a minute or two – it amazes people who come to visit – seeing is believing! Mine move to other parts of the 160 acre farm in the summer as bigger birds take over but returned over the wknd and came to my call – my heart swelled with joy! I have a bay window too and bought a pulley clothes line that I want to run in front of my bay window to turn it into a live big 12’x 6’ screen tv too for daily feeding watching from the warmth of my house! Your idea is so perfect for me – gotta go find my insulator box – thanks for the inspiration!

    • Reply Laurie October 21, 2015 at 1:27 am

      I’m so glad you get me! πŸ˜€ I must try feeding the chickadees, that sounds very cool! I am so happy that I provided some inspiration for your insulators, that makes me happy! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your awesome story with me, it was a huge pleasure to read your comment! xo

  • Reply Cathy October 19, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    This is a great idea for using these insulators – love it. We also feed the birds year round and I will definitely be looking for some insulators to make these. Cathy

    • Reply Laurie October 21, 2015 at 1:29 am

      That’s awesome Cathy, I’m glad you will be using your insulators.

  • Reply Natalie October 19, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    This is stunning! I’ve just been talking to my kids about bird feeders and that we should make something to attract all the birds to our yard. I will try this!

    • Reply Laurie October 21, 2015 at 1:31 am

      Aww, that sounds awesome Natalie! I’m sure your kids will love seeing something they make attract the birds.

  • Reply Anne@DesignDreams October 20, 2015 at 12:16 am

    So cool! I have 3 of these just sitting in my shop. And I can actually see them now that I’ve cleaned things up in there!!!!!!!! Thanks for the inspiration Laurie!


    • Reply Laurie October 21, 2015 at 1:32 am

      You are welcome Anne! I’m glad you’ll be using them, they are so cute and hold the perfect amount of seed or suet.

  • Reply Ariel October 20, 2015 at 12:42 am

    Fantastic pictures! The ones of the birds eating out of the feeder are amazing!
    I pinned a couple of images πŸ™‚

    • Reply Laurie October 21, 2015 at 1:33 am

      Thanks Ariel, and thanks for pinning! πŸ˜€

  • Reply Amy @ StowandTellU October 20, 2015 at 12:53 am

    Blue glass anything is stunning, but you’ve really nailed it with not only putting a glass insulator to use, but showing off the pretty blue glass as well!

    • Reply Laurie October 21, 2015 at 1:34 am

      I have a blue glass thing too Amy! It’s a weakness or is it? πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Kristi @ Chatfield Court October 20, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Awesome idea and a great way to use insulators. Pinned!

    • Reply Laurie October 21, 2015 at 1:34 am

      Thanks Kristi!

  • Reply Vanessa October 20, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    How sweet! Great idea and great pics of those lovely birds

    • Reply Laurie October 21, 2015 at 1:35 am

      Thanks Vanessa, they are lovely aren’t they.

  • Reply Thea October 21, 2015 at 2:49 am

    I so love and respect your eye for anything vintage. Love what you did with this gorgeous insulator. My eyes really opened up when I saw your gorgeous photographs with the birds in your feeder. It totally looks like a National Geographic moment.well done and thank you for sharing!

  • Reply Amber | In The Loop Blog October 21, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Love that you got pictures with the birdies!

  • Reply RandiG at FrugElegance October 22, 2015 at 2:25 am

    Awesome project! So creative & also love your photography.

  • Reply Betsy @ Happily Ever After, Etc. October 27, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Such a clever way to use a glass insulator! I absolutely love it! Of course I have always loved that blue glass! We haven’t hung bird feeders at our new house yet… maybe this is the push we needed! So glad to “meet you” through the Home for Fall blog hop! Pinning for reference!

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