Milk Carton Bird Feeder

This fun craft is the perfect way to teach kids about recycling, ecology and taking care of animals.

If your kids are at all like mine, they get super excited whenever they see an animal in the yard. We have a ton of squirrels and chipmunks running along our tree line, and there are tons of birds that like to make their homes in our trees, bushes and roof! The boys get totally excited and are always wanting to feed the animals.

Of course, we have to remind them that feeding wild animals isn’t always the best idea. But the birds are always welcome to nip in for a snack!

This really simple Milk Carton Bird Feeder is the perfect thing to get the kids excited in the Spring and Summer months. It allows them to get creative while also serving a delightful purpose that we can all enjoy.

DIY upcycled milk carton bird feeder


  • Empty half gallon milk carton
  • Craft scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Sponge paint brush
  • 2 sheets of 12” x 12” matching scrapbook paper
  • 1 8” x 8 ½” of coordinating scrapbook paper
  • 2 chenille pipe cleaners
  • Glue gun
  • 8” x 8 ½” piece of thin cardboard
  • Piece of string 2 feet long
DIY Upcycled Milk Carton Bird Feeder


Get out your supplies and make sure that your milk carton is clean and dry. There is a plastic spout on one of the top sides of the carton. Use your fingers to push this down into the carton so that it is not sticking up.

Milk Carton

Use the craft scissors to cut out the front of the carton. Leave about an an inch and a half on the bottom (to hold the bird seed). Leave two inches at the top.

Milk Carton with missing pieces

Use your brush and Mod Podge to adhere the scrapbook paper to the surface of the milk carton. Do this by applying a thin coat to the carton, laying the paper on top and then trimming the edges. Make sure to add a top coat to the paper and let dry.

Mod Podge

Use the glue gun to attach the pipe cleaners around the edge of the opening in the bird feeder. Then, use the glue gun to secure the cardboard roof to the top of the milk carton.

Incomplete milk carton bird house

TIP: The pictures show the string being added at the end of the process, but while securing the roof, this is a great time to add the string.

Use the Mod Podge to seal the scrapbook paper the the roof of the bird house. Let dry.

DIY Upcycled Milk Carton Bird Feeder

Make sure that every part of the paper is sealed well with a layer or two of modge podge and completely dry.

DIY Upcycled Milk Carton Bird Feeder

Fill the bottom of the birdhouse with bird seed.

DIY Upcycled Milk Carton Bird Feeder

Hang the birdhouse in the tree and watch the birds flock to get some food!


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Katie Reed

Katie Reed

Katie Reed is a 38 year old mom blogger from Salt Lake City, UT. She is married to the man of her dreams and together they have four beautiful boys. Dexter is 9, Daniel is 7, Chester is 5 and Wilder is 2. She writes about living with mental health issues while navigating motherhood. Her blog focuses on tips and tricks for moms, information and parenting news, kid-friendly recipes and crafts. She loves to reflect on the humorous side of parenthood and shares the reality of her life, with a "warts and all" attitude.

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