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teach your kids to create their own milk carton bird feeder

Milk Carton Bird Feeder

Whimsical, Colorful & Sustainable

Milk Carton Bird Feeder

Enjoy the sights and sounds of local birds right out of your window by creating a fun and whimsical bird feeder out of materials you probably already have at home. Birds are helpful parts of our yard ecosystems by providing pest control, controlling weeds, and even pollinating plants. A great way to entice birds to your yard is by providing bird seed, and with this fun and easy project, you can repurpose materials headed for the trash by turning them into beautiful backyard bird feeders.

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Milk Carton Birdfeeder

Start by gathering your supplies as listed below and follow these easy steps: 

Step One

Wash and thoroughly dry your half gallon milk or juice carton. Draw a complete arch shape in the center of two opposing sides of your carton, leaving an inch of space around the perimeter. Using a box cutter, a knife, or a scissors, carefully cut out the arch to create two opposing openings. This will create the container for the birdseed.
milk carton bird feeder

Step Two

Customize your bird feeder. Decorate with paint, stickers, markers, etc. to create look that inspires you.
milk carton bird feeder

Step Three

Using hot glue, adhere popsicle stick to the slanted sides of the top of the carton to create a roof. Using a hole puncher or scissors, poke holes in the center of the bottom spaces beneath your arches and carefully thread your wooden dowel through it to create a perch for your birds to sit.

milk carton bird feeder

Step Four

Finally, use your hole punch to create a hole in the top center of your birdfeeder to thread your twine through to create loop to hang your feeder from a tree branch or hook. Fill with high quality birdseed, and now you can sit back and wait for your backyard birds to come and enjoy their tasty treat!

milk carton bird feeder project bird seed

Supplies List 

  • Half gallon milk or juice carton
  • Scissors/box cutter
  • Twine
  • High quality bird seed
  • Paint, jewels, stickers, etc. to decorate
  • 10"-12" wooden dowel
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Hole punch (optional)