DIY: Milk Carton Birdhouse

Up today: a DIY birdhouse you can easily make with stuff you already have! This craft is perfect if:

  • Your child has shown an interest in birds/nature.
  • You have an artistically inclined kiddo.
  • You’re homeschooling and want to do a lesson on nature/birds/ecosystems.
  • Your toddler is into building things.
  • It’s a rainy day, and you need a fun distraction.

So basically, this is a craft for anyone! Let’s get started.

You’ve probably fallen victim to the old “You can make this with stuff you have lying around” Pinterest lie — but we promise, this craft requires nothing out of the ordinary. Take a break from the back to school hustle and bustle and shopping trips, and let your child explore and create with this fun craft!

What You’ll Need

Empty milk carton (cardboard, not plastic)
Craft knife
Mod Podge
Large Skewers
Decorations (buttons, stickers, fun scrapbook paper — anything you’ve got!)

1. Thoroughly clean milk cartons, then paint white. Set aside to dry.

2. Using a craft knife, cut out a “door” in the front of your milk carton.

Save this piece — you’ll use it to create an awning over the door!

It goes without saying, but only an adult should use the craft knife. Make sure your kids know this — and be sure to safely store the craft knife somewhere secure and out-of-reach when you’re done!

3. Have kids paint and decorate the bird feeder.

4. Glue on the awning, bending the top pieces so they fit inside.

5. Seal everything with two coats of Mod Podge.

6. Make three holes under the “door,” then poke your wooden skewers all the way through. Thread some twine through the top.

7. Add some birdseed and have your kids hang their houses!

Depending on how quickly your paint dries, this craft will take a couple of afternoons, start to finish. If you want to expedite the process, go ahead and clean/paint your milk cartons white the night before; that way, your kids can get to the fun part: painting and decorating!

We’d love to see your creations! Tag us @dailymomtweets with your final product!

Photo Credits: Sarah M.

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Sarah is a yoga practicing, mostly vegan, coffee chugging, Jack White-loving, stay-at-home-mom to three kids 4 and under in Cincinnati, Ohio. In her free time, she does freelance work for Cincinnati Parent, Dayton Parent and Indy's Child, and blogs about her adventures with three kids in the Queen City.

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