#TipTuesday DIY Upcycled Bird Feeder

Spring is finally in the air! Well, at least most days. But if you’re ready to hear the birds chirping outside your window, this craft is for you! We used an empty juice and milk carton to create a unique, ecofriendly and easy bird feeder. This is a great project for kids and adults alike. Read below for full instructions:

Materials needed:

  • Empty milk or juice carton
  • Scissors and/or x-acto knife
  • Paint  & paint brushes
  • Yarn or string to hang
  • Chopstick or small wooden stick (for the perches)
  • Bird seeds


  1. Start with your empty cartons. Make sure they are completely rinsed clean and dried. 
  2. Using your scissors, poke a hole in the side of the carton and cut a square out. I cut about an inch from the bottom all the way to about an inch and a half from the top. You can do it on as many sides as you’d like.
  3. Use spray paint or hand paint the carton. You can choose to paint the inside as well. Let them dry.
  4. Use paint, natural materials (twigs, feather, leaves), markers or other materials to decorate the outside of your birdhouse. Avoid using items that might fall off and hurt the environment (such as glitter, small plastic items, synthetic fibers). Let them dry for a few hours.
  5. Again using your scissors poke a hole near the bottom of the large cut outs for the perches. I used a chopstick and reinforced it with a tad of hot glue on the inside. 
  6. Make another hole on the very top tab and loop your string or yarn around it. Once everything is dry and secured on, add the bird seeds.
  7. Hang and enjoy your new neighbors!