A lot of us drink milk on a regular basis (I know I do). Instead of throwing the milk cartons in the trash as usual, why not make something useful? This DIY bird feeder is a fun project for the kids too (with supervision). It teaches them to be nice to animals and to go out of their way to do something that will benefit others, without expecting anything in return.
In addition to the fun afternoon doing something with your own hands, you’ll also get to enjoy the company of colorful birdies in your yard or garden after installing this DIY feeder. Put delicious birdseed in the feeder (the type of birdseed depends on the type of bird you want to attract), sit back and enjoy the flying orchestra right in front of your home.
Want to give it a go?
How to make a DIY milk carton bird feeder
- empty milk carton
- pink spray paint
- exacto knife
- 1 piece of scrapbook paper
- black permanent marker
- glue gun
- 2 yellow pipe cleaners
- 10 – 12 mini yellow pom poms
- 8 inch long, thin dowel (Can cut the sharp end off of a kabab stick)
- (optional) Mod Podge or Clear Spray
- bird seed
Step 1. Spray paint the milk carton. Let dry between coats.
Step 2. Draw a circle on opposite sides of the carton that are about 3 inches across and at least an inch above the bottom.
Step 3. Use the excato knife to carefully cut out the circles.
Step 4. Make a cut near the top of the carton on the two same sides as the circles.
Step 5. Take your ribbon and string it through the slits (put your hands in the holes to help thread it through) and leave enough length on top to hang it in a tree.
Step 6. Cut two pieces of scrapbook paper that are 2 3/4″ x 4 1/2″.
Step 7. Glue one piece of paper to the flat side. On the other paper, measure where the cap is, remove the cap, trace it in the correct spot on the paper and cut that circle out. Glue the paper on the milk carton and screw the cap back on.
Step 8. Use the glue gun to secure the pipe cleaners around the holes in the milk carton.
Step 9. On the back (white side) of the scrapbook paper, make two 3 1/2″ x 2″ rectangles and add a cross design inside so that they look like windows. Cut them out and glue them to the sides of the milk carton that do not have the holes.
Step 10. Cut 4 hearts from the scrapbook paper that are approximately 2″ x 2″. Glue two of these above the holes in the milk carton and the other two under the windows on the other sides of the milk carton.
Step 11. Glue the pom poms in a row across the top of each window.
Step 12. Make very small “X” shaped slits under each hole in the milk carton and push the dowel through so that it sticks out of each side.
Step 13. (This step is optional.) You can cover the outside in a layer of Mod Podge or you can use a few coats of clear spray to make this birdhouse weather resistant.
Step 14. Fill with birdseed and hang up to feed the birds!
I’d love to hear how your DIY bird feeder turned out! Let me know in the comments 🙂
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