Backyard Birdfeeder

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.


  1. Clean the empty container with a small amount of dish soap andwater and dry completely. If the top has a plastic spout stickingup, push it in. If the top has an opening for pouring, staple itclosed.
  2. Paint the entire container brown (don’t forget thebottom).
  3. Cut out matching two-inch openings on opposite sides of thecontainer. Make a small hole and insert the wooden dowels undereach opening to make perches for the birds to land on.
  4. Cover the container with craft glue and decorate with twigs andsticks.
  5. Punch a hole in the top of the container to hang thefeeder.
  6. Fill the feeder only one-half full with bird seed to preventrotting and help control the number of visitors. Hang the feederfrom a tree branch with a sturdy string. Refill as needed.


  • An empty, half-gallon, cardboard container
  • Brown acrylic paint (Note: Poster paint does not work for thisproject. When using acrylic paints, be sure to wear art smocks orold clothes and monitor children.)
  • Paint brush
  • Twigs and branches (either collected from your yard orpurchased from a craft store)
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors
  • 2 small wooden dowels (about ¼ inch in diameter), cut to aboutfive inches long
  • Hole punch
  • Sturdy string or cord
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