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A simple DIY bird feeder to attract wild birds to your garden.
Enjoy spending time in your garden even more with a company of colorful singing birds! This DIY bird feeder is easy to make with a few basic supplies. It is suitable for children too (with adult supervision) so it makes for a great family project.

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  • How to make an outdoor accessory. DIY Bird Feeder Made of Milk Carton - Step 1
    Step 1

    Spray the milk carton with a spray paint. Let it dry.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. DIY Bird Feeder Made of Milk Carton - Step 2
    Step 2

    Using a pen, draw a circle on opposite sides of the milk carton. This will make it easier for you to cut the holes in the next step.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. DIY Bird Feeder Made of Milk Carton - Step 3
    Step 3

    Using the excato knife, cut out the circles.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. DIY Bird Feeder Made of Milk Carton - Step 4
    Step 4

    Make a small cut at the top of the carton on two opposite sides. You can make the holes on the same side as the circles. String the ribbon though those small holes. This ribbon will be used to hang the bird feeder on a tree or wherever is convenient for you.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. DIY Bird Feeder Made of Milk Carton - Step 5
    Step 5

    Cut two pieces of scrapbook paper to grue them on the "roof". I needed dimensions 2 3/4″ x 4 1/2″ but depending on what kind of milk carton you use, you might need different dimensions. Glue one piece of scrapbook paper to the flat side. On the other paper, you'll need to cut the hole for the cap. Remove the cap, see where the hole should be and cut that circle out. Glue the paper on the milk carton and put the cap on.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. DIY Bird Feeder Made of Milk Carton - Step 6
    Step 6

    Using the glue gun glue the pipe cleaners around the holes.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. DIY Bird Feeder Made of Milk Carton - Step 7
    Step 7

    On the back of the scrapbook paper, make two 3 1/2″ x 2″ rectangles. Using a black permanent marker, draw the lines to make it look like windows. Cut them out and glue them to both sides of the milk carton that don't have holes.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. DIY Bird Feeder Made of Milk Carton - Step 8
    Step 8

    Cut 4 hearts from the scrapbook paper. Glue two hearts above the holes and the other two under the windows. Glue the pom poms above each window.

  • How to make an outdoor accessory. DIY Bird Feeder Made of Milk Carton - Step 9
    Step 9

    Make a small hole under each big hole and push the dowel through. The dowel should stick out on each side. This will allow birds to easily land and nibble from the feeder. If you want, you can cover the milk carton in a layer of Mod Podge or use a clear spray to make it weather resistant. Now that your bird feeder is finished, you can fill it with bird seed and hang it for the birds to enjoy!

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