Make a Milk Carton Bird Feeder

Kids and their feathered friends will love this adorable homemade bird feeder.

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What You'll Need:

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What You'll Need:

  • Half-gallon milk carton
  • X-Acto knife
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Thin sticks
  • Pruning shears (optional)
  • Glue
  • Buttons
  • Hole punch
  • Birdseed
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Prepare and Paint

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Prepare and Paint

With an X-Acto knife, cut the bird feeder's opening in the center of one side of the carton for your child. Let him paint the outside of the carton in the color of his choice.

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Time for Roof Work

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Time for Roof Work

Break sticks (or cut with pruning shears) to about 3" long, and glue along both top sides of the carton to create a roof.

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Put On The Finishing Touches

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Put On The Finishing Touches

Glue buttons on all sides in flower configurations. Punch a hole 1/2" below opening and insert a 6" to 7" stick for the perch; glue the end to inside back of carton.

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The Final Product

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The Final Product

Fill your colorful feeder with birdseed and place it outside for the birds to enjoy.

Originally published in the August 2010 issue of Parents magazine.

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