Do you have an empty milk carton at home? You can turn it into a bird feeder with a few other materials that you probably already have on hand. Start with an empty milk carton, some paint and your imagination, and soon you'll have birds flocking to your yard. This DIY bird feeder is an easy craft that all ages can participate in making, though younger children will need to be assisted with cutting.
- milk carton
- used aluminum foil
- box cutter/razor
- paint brush
- popsicle stick
- glue gun
- bubble wrap for dot print (optional)
Step 1: Paint the Milk Carton
Step 2: Build Roof
Shape the aluminum foil to the top of the milk carton. You will not need glue. Fold the foil under on both of the sides. Then on the front and back, fold the ends under keeping the roof at a slant.
Step 3: Insert Perch in Carton
Cut an incision in the middle of the carton, about 3-4 inches from the bottom. Then insert the popsicle stick. Poke the stick all the way to the end of the carton so you can see its impression on the other side. Then make another incision there so the stick can go all the way through. You want the perch to not move if there is weight on it.
Step 4: Cut Hole
Use a pencil to draw your hole in the shape of an arch. Then follow with a razor to cut out the hole. You can use a nail file to smooth the edges.
Step 5: Decorate
Paint your bubble wrap and then stick it on the milk carton. Gently pull off and you will have polka dots.
Step 6: Decorate with Buttons
If you want to have decorations on your bird feeder, make sure they are water resistant in case it rains. Use a hot glue gun if you choose to embellish so the birds can’t pull them off and choke. You can make flowers with buttons or use your own unique ideas!
Step 7: Add Bird Seed
Poke a hole through the top of your feeder so you can hang it on a tree. Then add bird seed and hang! My daughter cut out pictures of birds from old magazines and we glued them on a poster board. She now watches birds and matches them to the poster to find out their names.