MILK CARTON BIRD HOUSE
Grade: elementary, middle
Written by: Andrea Mulder-Slater
[Andrea is one of the creators of KinderArt®]
A lovely one-season birdhouse made from recycled household materials.
What You Need:
- Milk carton
- Stapler and staples
- Masking tape
- A soft cloth, rag or chamois
- Brown paint (acrylic is best)
- Scissors or a knife (and adult assistance)
What You Do:
- Clean and dry the milk carton thoroughly.
- Staple 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 polish 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.
►More Recycling Lessons
Recycled Crafts Box
Earth friendly projects and activities.
Recycled Re-Seen : Folk Art from the Global Scrap Heap
Whether it is a dustpan made out of a license plate, a bowl fashioned from a bent vinyl record, a pair of sandals with soles made of Goodyear tire treads, or a tin-can lantern, folk artists all over the world are turning trash into treasure.
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