Milk carton bird feeders are the perfect spring and summer craft! As flowers bloom and trees burst with bright shades of green, birds return to their stomping grounds throughout the US. The birds could use some extra bird feed, which is why we experimented with a few carton crafts and came up with an easy-to-make bird feeder. All you need is a milk carton and basic crafting supplies.
What You Need
- 1 empty a2 Milk® carton
- Box cutter or scissors
- Crafting glue
- Crafting vinyl OR thick construction paper
- 2-4 water bottle lids
- 4 popsicle sticks (or pencils)
- 1 paintbrush
- (optional) Crafting sealant/Mod Podge
Before we start, you’ll want to rinse your milk carton out with water and mild dish soap. Then let it completely dry before starting your craft.
1. Wrap all four sides of your carton with either crafting vinyl or thick construction paper. To make it a little easier, we removed the pour spout from the carton before gluing the paper on. We also used a paper clip to hold the paper in place at the top while the glue dried. Generally speaking, crafting vinyl will hold up much better in the elements, but it’s more expensive than construction paper. Cut your vinyl/paper so that it covers the top of your carton. We folded our extra paper like a gift then glued with crafting glue.
2. While the glue dries, cut out your feet and beak. Use this time to also cut out any extra pieces like hair, wing covers or additional decorations as well.
- Once your glue has dried, use a box cutter or scissors to cut out a large window in the front of your bird feeder. Don’t remove the entire front of the carton, you’ll want to be sure to leave space for your owl’s face up top and at least 1 inch in the bottom of the carton to hold bird seed. In addition to the front window, cut two “V” shaped pieces on either side to bend out like wings.
- Glue the water bottle lids onto your owl as eyes and then paint or draw pupils onto the plastic lids. You can also use this chance to glue on your owl’s beak and feet as well as any ears, extra feathers or decorations. 3. Next, you’ll want to attach a platform to the front of your owl – just below the feeding window and just above the feet. We cut small holes into the front and side of the carton and then pushed popsicle sticks through to create a base. Then we glued some larger sticks on top to make the platform nice and sturdy. If you don’t have popsicle sticks, you can also use pencils as your platform.
- OPTIONAL – If you intend to leave your bird feeder outside for an extended period of time, we recommend sealing the entire project with a weather resistant sealant like outdoor Mod Podge. This will keep the construction paper and paint from getting too soggy or washing off.
- Once your bird feeder is completely dry, cut a small hole in the top and feed 1-2 feet of twine through the hole. Be sure that you’ve cut the hole through the seam of the milk carton. Once bird seed is added, you’ll want to support the extra weight with the strength of the milk carton, not just the paper.
- Fill your milk carton bird feeder with birdseed and hang in a tree or on a porch with ample shade and protection.
- Enjoy getting to know your avian neighbors as they come feast from your artistic creation.
With these bird feeders, you can get as creative as you want. Try adding stencils, stickers, or buttons to the side of your feeder. For the roof, consider more twigs or sequins. Luckily this craft is simple and requires whatever you have laying around and a carton of a2 Milk®.
For more information on Milk Carton Recycling, check out our recent blog post here and don’t forget to pick up an extra carton today!