Easy DIY birdhouse from milk carton for kids

by Kelin George

August 26th 2022, 2:02 pm

It’s great to upcycle/recycle products that we usually dump in the garbage—it helps reduce waste that likely ends up in a landfill.


We can use milk or juice cartons for crafts in so many fun ways, and they can even be a great art project for your kids to show off at school to friends. A carton's shape looks like a little house, so we already have a great start. They can easily be transformed into birdhouses or bird feeders, and you can hang them near a windowsill or on a tree near your home.


Making these with your kids can also be a good opportunity for you to tell them about the three R’s—Recycle, Reduce, and Reuse. It is never too early to start educating kids about the need to save the planet.

So, let's make the birdhouse together!


You will need:

  • Milk cartons (52oz and 59oz cartons work well)
  • Paint (any color)
  • Paint Brush 
  • Craft knife
  • Craft dowel 
  • Glue 
  • Twig (optional)


Steps to make the birdhouse:



  • Make a circle on a piece of paper big enough for birds like Sparrows or a Goldfinches to enter 
  • Trace the circle onto the side of a milk carton
  • Use a craft knife to cut out the circle (kindly assist your child when handling knives)
  • Paint the carton white, and let it dry
  • Then paint the now white carton with any design or pattern
  • Paint the dowel in the color of your choice, let it dry
  • Make a tiny slit on the carton below the circle cutout for birds to rest on 
  • Insert the dowel inside the slit and use glue to secure it in place
  • Optional: you can also glue a twig at the opening of the milk carton 


There you go! Your child has made a fantastic bird feeder from upcycled milk cartons that you can hang on your balcony or in your garden.


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