First, you make a big dough ball from a pound of lard, about a cup or more of peanut butter, a cup or more of white flour, a cup of cornmeal, 1/2 cup of sugar, and a cup of small mixed bird seed. You’d better have a strong mixer!
Then you spread it out on a piece of parchment paper on a big baking sheet. It is gooey but solid. I wear latex gloves to avoid the mess of all the sticky stuff. I shape it by pressing it down and smoothing it out.
This is what attracts the birdies. I put a layer of sunflower seeds and peanuts on top of it. Then with a flat device such as a pancake flipper with oil on it, I press down and glide over the top to sink the seeds into the dough. Make sure they are all attached or they’ll wind up on the ground pronto.
Use whatever device you have to make deep cuts into the mix. Mine were almost straight — but hey! This isn’t a wedding cake. The birds don’t care if there’s a curve in the cuts.