Our craft closet is overflowing with watercolors, pompoms, washi tape, clay and much more but sometimes the best crafts have humble beginnings.
And this milk carton bird feeder which is inspired by the book, and then it’s spring , is both humble and wonderful.
Not only will your child exercise her imagination and fine motor skills to decorate the bird feeder but this craft gives her an opportunity to think about the value of recycling, explore nature in her own backyard and create something functional and fun.
Both my 6 year old daughter and 3 year old son enjoyed doing this craft. My daughter was able to do all elements (except gluing the carton shut and using the xacto knife) whereas my son was able to paper the carton.
- half gallon, quart, pint dairy carton
- wooden take-out chopstick/sharp skewer
- glue gun
- xacto knife
- liquid school glue
- patterned paper /construction paper
- mod-podge (optional)
- Have your child clean and wash out the carton with soapy water and dry
- Once dry, using the glue gun, glue the open lip of the carton shut
- Pour several tablespoons of school glue in a shallow bowl and add water (1:1 ratio) and mix until combined
- Have your child cut or rip the paper into strips
- She can then dip a strip of paper in the glue mixture and spread it on the carton, pressing out any wrinkles
- Encourage her to overlap the strips and glue strips across edges
- Repeat until the entire exterior of the carton is covered with paper
- Let carton dry overnight
- Have your child trace windows, in whatever shape she desires onto the four walls of the carton
- Making sure to leave at least 1/2inch from the top and bottom
- Using an xacto knife
- punch a small hole in the center of the bottom of the carton
- punch a small through-hole in the peeked part of the carton
- Have your child thread the string through the hole in the center of the bottom of the carton and tie a few knots on the interior side of the carton
- Have your child poke the chopstick through the through-hole in the peeked part of the carton
- The two exposed ends will serve as perches for the birds
- Fill the trough with birdseed and hang from tree branch with a long enough length of string so that squirrels will not be able to reach the feeder
- after coating the milk carton with the paper and allowing to dry, your child can further decorate with paint, pens, colored pencils etc.
- make it more durable with a coat of mod podge