The first step in attracting birds to your yard is finding the right birdfeeder. Here is a simple project for making a birdfeeder from an empty milk carton.
An empty, half-gallon, cardboard container
Brown acrylic paint (Note: Poster paint does not work for this
project. When using acrylic paints, be sure to wear art smocks or
old clothes and monitor children.)
Twigs and branches (either collected from your yard or
purchased from a craft store)
2 small wooden dowels (about ¼ inch in diameter), cut to about
five inches long
Sturdy string or cord
Clean the empty container with a small amount of dish soap and
water and dry completely. If the top has a plastic spout sticking
up, push it in. If the top has an opening for pouring, staple it
Paint the entire container brown (don't forget the
Cut out matching two-inch openings on opposite sides of the
container. Make a small hole and insert the wooden dowels under
each opening to make perches for the birds to land on.
Cover the container with craft glue and decorate with twigs and
Punch a hole in the top of the container to hang the
Fill the feeder only one-half full with bird seed to prevent
rotting and help control the number of visitors. Hang the feeder
from a tree branch with a sturdy string. Refill as needed.
Caitlin Murray Giles is a full-time mother of three and part-time freelance writer living in Wicker Park.