This milk jug bird bird feeder is a great craft for kids to make this spring. Wild birds will flock to your yard for a tasty snack out of this recycled plastic jug. Teach kids about recycling and learn about birds while crafting this fun art project.
How to make a bird feeder out of a milk jug
Do your kids love making crafts? My daughter is obsessed with crafting and I can't even be mad about it because she obviously gets it from me.
Everyday in the morning as she's eating her breakfast she asks me, "Mom, can we do some crafts?"
I suggested we made a bird feeder out of a recycled milk jug and she got very excited. I let her take the reins with this tutorial and video and I think she did an awesome job.
This project is great because it covers a lot of topics that kids will love: art, recycling, STEM, nature and science.
If your kids love bugs just as much as birds then you should check out this DIY Bug Hotel tutorial I posted as well. It's a great family activity.
After you hang the bird feeder up you can relax nearby and wait for cute birds to come have a snack!
Check out Chloe in the video below explaining how to make this fun recycled craft, then follow the directions below to make your own.
Supplies for milk jug bird feeder
An old one gallon milk jug works great for this craft. If for some reason you don't have one you can also use a two liter pop bottle, cardboard milk carton or other large drink container.
Directions for recycled bird feeder
- Rinse milk jug out with water.
- Draw circles on the sides with the permanent marker.
- Cut the circles out so that there are openings on each side of the jug.
- Paint the outside of the jug with craft paint.
- Poke holes in the lid.
- Feed through 2 feet of string and tie it.
- Twist the lid back on.
- Fill the center of the jug with birdseed.
- Hang your bird feeder.
- Watch the birds fly up to your feeder.
- One gallon milk jug
- Sharpie marker
- Craft paint
- Yarn or string
- Scissor or a knife
- Clean the milk jug out and let it dry.
- Draw circles on each side of the jug.
- Cut out the circles with a knife or scissors. This will be where the birds enter the bird feeder.
- Paint the exterior of the bird feeder with craft paint.
- Let the craft paint dry.
- Poke holes in the lid of the milk jug.
- Feed the string through and tie it.
- Fill the center with bird seed.
- Hang the bird feeder.
Have an adult cut the holes in the sides of the jug.
More kids crafts you may like
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What are some of your favorite recycled crafts for kids? Let me know in the comments!