Milk Jug Bird Feeder

Milk Jug Bird Feeder

My son and I love feeding the birds that pay a visit to our neighborhood. When he was young, my son would just sprinkle seeds in our yard. Now that my son's older, we've thought up some more creative ways to feed the birdies (like this milk jug bird feeder). For me anyways, the best part of creating this craft is afterwards, when my son and I can sit back, enjoy each other's company, and watch for our fine-feathered friends!

Ages:
3 - 9
Est. Time:
<1 hour

How we did it:

Materials List

  1. milk jug
  2. scissors
  3. yarn
  4. paintbrushes
  5. paper towels
  6. paper plate
  7. bird seed (1-2 cups)
  8. paint
  1. Gather all the supplies you will need to make the bird feeder.

  2. Let an adult cut or puncture a hole in the top of the milk jug next to the opening (which is where you'll string the string)...

  3. ...and also cut out a large opening on the side of the milk jug for the birds to be able to come and go for the seeds.

  4. Cut enough yarn or string to loop it around the bird feeder and your tree.

  5. Set out a paper towel (to protect your workspace) and set up a painting station. We used arcylic paint (so that the paint won't wash off when it rains).

  6. Now let the kids paint. (Don't paint on the inside of the milk jug, since that's where the birds will eat.) My son loved this step!


  7. Once the bird feeder is dry, get your yarn and a cup of bird seeds.

  8. Now let the kids lace the string in the top of the milk jug. My son laced the string through the hole I'd created as well as around the opening of the milk jug, then tied a knot.

  9. Pour bird seed into feeder. This was my son's favorite part!

  10. Lastly, hang your feeder. My son and I found the perfect spot in our yard, then I helped him hang up the feeder. Then we sat back, relaxed, and enjoyed the (bird) show!