My kids absolutely love animals! Cats, dogs, lizards, hamsters…you name an animal, and I guarantee they love it! They especially love the wild birds in our yard. There is a cardinal who frequents our front yard and my son can always see it from his bedroom window. He loves watching it and all the other birds that fly around and hang out in the tree outside his room. We came to the end of the milk in our milk jug today and I had a thought…we should make a milk jug bird feeder to hang outside of my son’s window! This is a great craft to make use of a plastic jug and turn it into a DIY bird feeder.
Now, you have probably made some sort of simple bird feeder with your child at some point or another but this particular one is very durable (since it’s made of plastic) and stands up to all kinds of weather! This Milk Jug Bird Feeder is so easy to make and it will be a favorite outdoor item for the bird lovers in your home.
Milk Jug Bird Feeder Tutorial
Milk Jug Bird Feeder Supplies Needed:
- Empty Milk Jug (rinse with hot water to clean out any drops of milk remaining)
- Scissors or craft knife
- Bird seed
- Permanent Markers, Washi Tape, or Stickers (optional for decoration)
How To Make A Bird Feeder Out Of A Milk Jug:
Start by gathering your supplies and head to the table or spread out on the floor. Grab your old milk jug and scissors or (craft knife).
Parents, you will definitely want to do the cutting or monitor your child very closely. The milk jug plastic is pretty tough to cut. Pick a side of the milk jug and cut out a square in the bottom half of the milk jug. Just big enough so the bird can get the food. Our square was just a few inches high and long.
Once you have your square cut out, poke a small hole or make a slit right below the opening and another hole/slit on the opposite side of the jug. The twig goes through these small holes at the bottom of the jub. The twig will be a great little seat for your bird.
Pick a pretty strong twig and push it through the first slit and then guide it through the milk jug and push a little through the backside. You are wanting most of the twig to stick out on the side beside the food.
Once you have got your twig in place, it’s time to create some slits at the top so that you can hang your feeder up! Grab your scissors and make two slits at the top of your jug. Grab your cord and tie a loop at the top.
Once you have tied a loop at the top, you are ready to hang your bird feeder up and fill it with yummy seeds for the birds!!
What an easy and fun craft, huh? Your child can even use washi tape or stickers to decorate his/her bird feeder. It is a great boredom buster and way to get your child to be active and observant of nature. Is this something you might make with your child this summer? Just remember to save your milk jug the next time your are done with your milk!
Have you found any other clever ways to reuse your milk jugs? Feel free to share by using hashtag #familyfocusblog in your social posts. We’d love to see your milk jug bird feeders! This fun project a great way to interest your kids in reusing things and in observing the natural world through bird watching.