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How To Make A Milk Carton Birdhouse

Updated on August 6, 2012

An Easy and Fun Craft for the Whole Family

A simple and easy birdhouse can be made from an empty milk carton. This is one craft to get the kids involved, too. The carton can be painted or decorated anyway you choose.

The carton can be spruced up a bit and strengthened by attaching a small block of wood to the bottom of the carton. Wooden dowels can be glued to the sides of the carton to make it look like a log cabin. There are many things you can do to make a one-of-a kind birdhouse. Make it colorful and give it character.

Things you will need:

one-half gallon empty milk carton

acrylic paint


hot glue or waterproof glue

wood dowel (2 or 3 inches in length)

craft foam, stickers, or anything you choose for decorations


Before you begin, be sure to wash the inside of the milk carton and let dry.

Cut one or two holes in one side of the milk carton. A cookie cutter can be used to as a circle template. Make about a 2 inch (more or less) hole in the milk carton.

Make a small third hole slightly smaller than the diameter of the wooden dowel, about an inch below the larger hole(s).

Paint the carton a color of your choice (outside only), and let dry.

You can cut out shapes from craft foam and glue to the milk carton when the paint is dry, to make your birdhouse cheery and bright.

Attach the wooden dowel to the milk carton by dabbing hot glue to one end, and push it into the hole. Make sure that no more than ΒΌ inch of the dowel protrudes inside the milk carton.

Make a small hole in through the top folds of the milk carton. Thread fishing line or other sturdy type of string through the hole.

Close the top of the milk carton with hot glue (or other glue). You can glue popsicle sticks over the top of the carton to create a log cabin-looking roof. Spanish moss can also be used, or anything you desire, and hang the milk carton birdhouse on a tree limb.

Now, sit back and watch the activity in your backyard as birds begin to build their nest in the milk carton.


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    • Jesus_saves_us_7 profile image


      6 years ago from Seeking Salvation

      Awesome idea and lovely!

    • carolina muscle profile image

      carolina muscle 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Ivori: I've made birdhouses out of a lot of things, but I hadnt thought of this.. great idea!!


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