Make your own paper carton bird feeder!

This post about making your own paper carton bird feeder is part of my Boxed Water ambassadorship.
Make your own paper carton bird feeder in just 6 easy steps! It's a great way to teach kids about nature and recycling with this preschool friendly craft!
Nearly every child has a memory or two of making a paper carton craft. This summer we made flower planters and used paper cartons as bowling pins. With winter settling in, it’s time to make a paper carton bird feeder.

This is one of the simplest crafts for children, and they can be as plain or as embellished as you would like.

Given that we always have paper cartons around our house because we enjoy Boxed Water, this seemed like a great project to kick off Winter Break. Not only is it a way to teach my kids about recycling, but they are helping the birds too!

Make your own paper carton bird feeder in just 6 easy steps!

Paper Carton Bird Feeder

You’ll need:
Clean paper carton
Craft knife or scissors
Permanant marker
Bird seed
Hole punch
Twine or craft wire for a hanger
Wooden chopsticks or skinny craft sticks for perches

Instructions
1.Use a marker to draw a small pentagon shaped opening on the front of the milk carton about 2 inches from the bottom of the carton.
2. Have an adult cut out the pentagon shaped opening with a craft knife.
3. Poke a bamboo skewer or twig through of the milk carton, just below the left side of the opening. Do the same on the right side of the opening. Make sure the skewers or sticks poke out the back wall of the carton to keep the perches secure.
4. Use a hole puncher or a skewer to puncture two holes in the top line of the carton and thread the twine or wire through them.
5. Fill the bottom of the feeder with a small bird seed mixture.
6. Hang your milk carton bird feeder in a sheltered area and enjoy! Don’t forget to refill your feeder.

Make your own paper carton bird feeder in just 6 easy steps! It's a great way to teach kids about nature and recycling with this preschool friendly craft!

About Kerri Jablonski

Kerri Jablonski AKA The Maven lives in Seattle,WA with her 3 kids (2008, 2010, 2013), husband, cats and backyard chickens. Two of her children have special needs. Kerri enjoys cooking, travel, movies and spending time with her family.

Comments

  1. Hey Kerri,

    Good stuff! Apparently, bird feeder can be made from anything–if there’s enough creativity.

    I’ve just seen a YouTube video showing how to make a bird feeder from a plastic bottle.

    Thanks for sharing.

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