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Milk Carton Bird Feeders

Reuse an old milk carton to make this cute craft!

Hello Beasties! Jamie here!

Today I want to show you how to make a bird feeder using a recycled milk carton! You will need only a few supplies for this cute craft:

  • A recycled milk carton

  • Tempera paint - your choice of colors!

  • Paint brushes

  • Scissors and a box cutter

  • Hole punch

  • A pen

  • Cup of water

  • Hemp cord or twine

  • Sponge (optional)


First you will draw the rectangular “windows” that you will be cutting out of the milk carton.


Draw the windows on all four sides of the carton, then cut them out. I found it easier to use the box cutter to pierce a hole into the carton first. Then I used the scissors to cut the rest of the windows out.

After you have cut out the four rectangles, you will use your hole punch to make holes in the top of the carton for hanging.


Now your carton is ready for painting!


I painted a layer first and then used a sponge to add texture to the bird feeder. If you don’t have a sponge, you can get creative with other painting tools you might have around the house! When you are done painting, set it in a safe place to dry.

While it’s drying you can prep your twine for hanging your feeder! Grab your scissors and twine Length of twine will depend on how long you want your feeder to hang down.

I used four holes to loop the twine through, but one or two holes will work as well. Weave the hemp through the holes, make a loop, and tie a nice, tight knot.

Don’t forget to gather some bird seed! You can purchase this at any pet or feed store near you.


Now your bird feeder is ready to hang! Try finding a nice spot in a tree or anywhere sturdy. I like to hang my bird feeders near the windows of my house so I can watch the birds come as they eat! Last step is to fill your bird feeder with a bit of seed!


Once your bird feeder is hung up, you can enjoy the moments when birds come to eat and sit on your new feeder! ENJOY!