Under 2 hours
Presented by Rachel Paxton of Maison De Pax. This guide will show you how to make a bird house out of a milk carton.
Clean and Dry the Milk Carton
- Rinse the carton thoroughly and let dry completely.
- Keep the cap!
Paint the Carton Your Base Color
- Screw the cap onto the carton.
- Then, in a well-ventilated area, place your milk carton on a drop cloth.
- Spray paint the carton with your base color of choice.
- Let it dry.
Cut a Door
- First trace a circle approximately 2 inches in diameter in the center of one side of the carton; the bottom of the spray paint can is a great size to use as reference.
- Then, using a utility knife, cut out the circle to create a door.
Decorate the Bird House
- Using craft paints, stickers or colorful paper and adhesive, decorate your bird house.
- Let it dry.
Insert a Perch
- Approximately 1 inch below the door, cut a small X with the utility knife.
- Insert the twig into the X so that half is inside the carton and half is out.
- Hot glue around the twig to secure it in place.
Poke Holes in the Bottom
- Using your utility knife, poke 8 small holes in the bottom of the milk carton to allow water to drain.
Add a String
- Using the utility knife, cut a small hole at the top of the carton.
- Run a string through the hole for hanging the bird house.
Seal the Bird House
- In a well-ventilated area, place your milk carton on a drop cloth.
- Using a clear sealer, spray a light coat over the entire bird house. This will make the bird house water resistant.
Hang the Bird House
- Find a tree branch or other secure place to hang your bird house. You can enjoy it most if you find a place in clear view of your windows.
- Tie the string so that the bird house hangs at least 5 foot off the ground.
Anchor the Bird House
- To keep the bird house from blowing too much in the wind, anchor it with small rocks or pebbles in the bottom of the carton.
- Alternatively, you can make it a bird feeder by adding bird seed.