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.
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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.
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What are some of your favorite recycled crafts for kids? Let me know in the comments!