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

What You'll Need:

Half-gallon milk carton, utility or X-Acto knife, acrylic paint, paintbrush, thin sticks, glue, stickers or buttons, hole punch, birdseed, pruning shears (optional),

Make It:

  1. With a utility or X-Acto knife, parents should cut the bird feeder's opening in the center of one side of the carton.
  2. Punch a hole 1/2" below the opening.
  3. Paint the outside of the carton in the color of his choice. Let dry and decorate with stickers or glue buttons on all sides in flower configurations.
  4. Break sticks (or parents should cut with pruning shears) to about 3" long, and glue along both topsides of the carton to create a roof.
  5. Insert a 6" to 7" stick for the perch; glue the end to inside back of carton.
  6. 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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