How to Make Suet Cage Template

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How to Make Suet Cage Template
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This is a typical suet cage.  Measure the maximum interior dimensions, which this cage is 4 1/2" wide x 4 5/8" height x 1.5" deep.

This is a typical suet cage. Measure the maximum interior dimensions, which this cage is 4 1/2" wide x 4 5/8" height x 1.5" deep.

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Sketch out template according to measured dimension.  I made the 4 flaps to be 1 7/8" deep to give extra lip so suet doesn't overflow.

Sketch out template according to measured dimension. I made the 4 flaps to be 1 7/8" deep to give extra lip so suet doesn't overflow.

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Cut exterior shape out using stainless steel ruler w/ leather gloves for grip & protection.  Do NOT cut inner square, see next image before cutting.

Cut exterior shape out using stainless steel ruler w/ leather gloves for grip & protection. Do NOT cut inner square, see next image before cutting.

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Should look like this so far.

Should look like this so far.

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Lightly scour inner square (do NOT cut all the way through).

Lightly scour inner square (do NOT cut all the way through).

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Bend all sides.

Bend all sides.

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Tape all flaps up securely together, corners shouldn't move much.  NOTE: if the corners are loose then it may pinch the cling wrap liner when making suet blocks.

Tape all flaps up securely together, corners shouldn't move much. NOTE: if the corners are loose then it may pinch the cling wrap liner when making suet blocks.

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Optional: I tape all the edges for added durability.  Completed templates, Enjoy!!

Optional: I tape all the edges for added durability. Completed templates, Enjoy!!

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Home made suet using cage template.

Home made suet using cage template.

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Pair of Eastern Bluebirds enjoying my suet.

Pair of Eastern Bluebirds enjoying my suet.

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Check out my other guide on "How to Make Bird Suet From Scratch".

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