Milk Carton Bird Feeder: Upcycling for the Garden!

Milk Carton Bird Feeder: Upcycling for the Garden!Milk Carton Bird Feeder: Upcycling for the Garden!

If you’re looking for an easy way to bring birdsong into your garden without the hefty pricetag of a bird table, then we’ve the perfect solution – especially if you’re a savvy upcycler! This DIY milk carton bird feeder is not only a fantastic way to provide a feast for your feathered friends, But it’s also a great way to recycle too!

You Will Need:

Milk Carton Bird Feeder Tutorial:

Milk carton bird feeder tutorial stepMilk carton bird feeder tutorial step

Step 1:

Milk carton bird feeder tutorial stepMilk carton bird feeder tutorial step

First, prepare your carton by washing well. Cut a rectangular hole in the centre; I made mine 8cm by 15cm, but use your own carton as a guide. If you have a square carton, cut off the sides at the top so it now forms a peak (this will be your roof).

Step 2:

Milk carton bird feeder tutorial stepMilk carton bird feeder tutorial step

Cut your wrapping paper to size (including the hole in the middle – leave a small border so you can glue the edges on the inside). Glue this to your carton using a glue stick.

Step 3:

Milk carton bird feeder tutorial stepMilk carton bird feeder tutorial step

Next, paint your lollipop sticks two colours that complement your paper. I used 11 sticks for this project, but you may need more or less depending on how big your carton is. Stick two pieces of double sided tape at the top and in the middle, and stick duct tape to the end. This will hold everything together. Now cut the lollipop sticks under the first piece of tape (around 2cm) – this will be the peak of your roof. Trim the rest of the lollipop sticks to around 6cm in length – this will be your roof.

Step 4:

Milk carton bird feeder tutorial stepMilk carton bird feeder tutorial step

Peel off the double sided tape, and stick the peak and the roof to the carton. Make some decorations, such as a sign that says ‘bird food’ and some pom pom bunting!

Step 5:

Milk carton bird feeder tutorial stepMilk carton bird feeder tutorial step

Stick some coloured card to the inside back of the of the carton, and then paint three stirring sticks, and stick these to the bottom of the carton using double sided tape.

Step 6:

Milk carton bird feeder tutorial stepMilk carton bird feeder tutorial step

Now your upcycling project is complete, it’s time to let the birds know! Find a secure branch or safe spot high off the ground in your garden to hang your milk carton bird feeder, and fill it with tasty birdseed… then sit back and wait to see who your first feathered guest is!

Want to check out the rest of our awesome home craft ideas? Find all the projects, articles and tutorials you need to stay busy (and crafty!) right here.

As our content marketing executive in charge of the Create and Craft blog, Lisa loves nothing more than writing about all things craft. ‘When I’m not at work, you’ll find me attempting a wonky crochet project, playing with watercolours or trying my hand at the latest awesome craft tutorial to cross my desk!’

Latest posts by Lisa at Create & Craft (see all)