Upcycled Craft: Milk Carton Bird Feeder

Upcycled Craft: Milk Carton Bird Feeder

Create a fun, eco-friendly haven for feathered friends by working together on this simple feeder. See instructions below or click here for a downloadable PDF.  This craft activity is for children three years or older.


  • Half-gallon milk carton
  • X-Acto or utility knife (Parent-Use Only)
  • Acrylic paint and paintbrush
  • Hole punch
  • Glue
  • Twigs and buttons
  • Birdseed *some bird seeds may contain peanuts and nuts


  • Wash out the empty milk carton and allow it to dry.
  • PARENT STEP: Trace an opening (for birds to enter) on the side of the carton; use knife to cut it out.
  • Decorate the outside of the feeder with paint.
  • Glue twigs along the top of the carton to create a roof.
  • Add buttons or other decorations on the exterior; secure items with glue.
  • PARENT STEP: Use hole punch to make a hole below the feeder opening. Insert a longer twig and glue it at the interior backing to make a perch.
  • Fill the carton with birdseed. Place the feeder in a safe area outside to attract birds.

For more upcycled crafting fun with your child, try making Paper Roll Binoculars or Recycled Cork Boats.

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