Little Scientists: Milk Carton Bird Feeder

Miss Donna is taking us on another cove adventure to see baby birds! Go on your own birdwatching adventures in your own front yard by making your own bird feeder. What birds will you see?

Messy level: 3 (careful with the paint)
(5 = Super messy. 1 = Not messy at all.)


  • Empty cardboard milk carton
  • Paint
  • Scissors or X-acto knife
  • Twine
  • Bird seed
  • Short sturdy dowel or branch
  • Waterproof glue (optional)
  • Sticks or buttons (optional)


1. Wash and dry the milk carton.

2. Cut a large hole out of your milk carton. Leave enough room on the bottom to make the carton deep enough to hold bird seed.

3. Cut a small hole through the top sides of your carton.

4. Paint the milk carton and let dry completely.

5. Cut a small hole under your seed opening and into the back of your carton. Insert a branch or dowel into the hole to become your bird perch, making sure the branch goes completely through the carton and out the other side for stability. (We used an old paint brush handle.)

6. Run string to the top holes of your carton.

7. Hang in a tree or bush for your feathered friends! (And maybe some squirrels…)

Optional: Use waterproof glue to decorate the outside of your bird feeder with small branches or buttons.


– from the creative mind of Miss Linda

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