Don’t toss out that empty milk jug! Turn it into an easy-to-make bird feeder.
What You Need
- Glue (easier with something strong like Modge Podge)
- Empty plastic milk jug
- Thick nail or hole punch
- Green acrylic paint
- Tiny pine cones (optional)
- Pine needles (optional)
- Scissors (kitchen-style, can cut through plastic)
- Tiny stones (optional)
- Wire or thick string or rope, about two feet
What You Do
- Make the entrance to the bird feeder.
Draw and cut out a large circle (about 2 1/2 inches wide) a few inches up from the bottom of an empty, clean gallon milk jug.
- Punch a hole for the perch twig
Make a small twig-sized hole just below the large one, either with a nail or a hole punch. (See step 5 for adding the perch.)
- Paint the milk jug green
Brush green acrylic paint on the outside of the jug and let it dry.
- Add camouflage to the milk jug
Attach leaves to the dry milk jug with clear glue.
- Create a hanger on the bird feeder
Punch a hole through both sides of the top just below the cap and slip a wire through it.
- Add twigs for more camouflage
Glue about a dozen or so five-inch twigs to each side of the jug’s top, as shown.
- Make the perch
Poke another, thicker twig into the perch hole.
- Add more camouflage decorations over the leaves
Glue on stones, pinecones, pine needles, more twigs, or any other decorations you like.
- Glaze the whole thing so your decorations are water-resistant
Paint over the leaves with clear non-toxic craft glaze or finish.
- Hang up your bird feeder
Add birdseed and hang your feeder from a tree branch. (Be sure to put it where you can easily refill it.)
Craft by Michele Reyzer. Originally appeared in the March 2005 issue of Ranger Rick magazine.