Milk Carton Birdhouse
A lovely one-season birdhouse made from recycled household materials.
By Andrea Mulder-Slater
What You Need:
- Milk carton
- Stapler and staples (optional)
- Masking tape
- A soft cloth, rag or chamois
- Brown paint (acrylic is best) watered down
- Scissors or a knife (and adult assistance)
What You Do:
- Clean and dry the milk carton thoroughly.
- Staple (or tape) the top of the carton shut.
- Tear off small pieces of masking tape and cover the entire carton with the pieces of tape.
- Using a soft cloth, rub brown paint all over the tape-covered carton. This will give the carton a rough, bark-like finish.
- Cut a hole (WITH ADULT ASSISTANCE) about 4″ above the bottom of the carton. The hole should be approximately 1″ to 1 1/2″ in diameter. This hole is for the birds to get in and out of the house.
- Poke a few drainage holes in the bottom of the carton and two ventilation holes in the top of the carton.
- Poke a hole through the top of the feeder, string a piece of twine through the hole and hang your feeder on a tree.