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This activity was inspired by And Then It's Spring . To learn more about the book and see all our And Then It's Spring activities, click here

If you and your young reader are still waiting for those first days of spring, here's the perfect activity to fill those final dreary, brown days.

Young readers will delight in seeing feathered friends flock to the feeder they decorated themselves. Keep in mind that, like our other bird feeder activities, it might take a while for birds to actually try out a new bird feeder, so be patient!Milk Carton Bird Feeder


Milk Carton Birdhouse


  • 1/2 gallon milk carton, rinsed out and allowed to dry
  • Permanent marker
  • Adult scissors
  • 2 wooden paint stirrers
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Paintbrush
  • String or yarn
  • Birdseed

Adult Preparation

  1. Using permanent marker, draw a rectangle on each side of milk carton. 
  2. Using sharp scissors, cut out each rectangle. 
  3. On two opposing sides, cut slits the width of the paint stirrer, beneath the rectangle about 1 inch from the bottom.
  4. On other two sides, cut slits the width of the paint stirrer about 1/2 inch from the bottom.
  5. Insert paint stirrers through slits and out opposite side. 
  6. Use scissors to make hole in top seam for hanging.
  7. Tie a loop of string for hanging 

Step for Young Reader

  1. Paint! Allow to dry for several hours or overnight. 
  2. Once dry, fill with birdseed and hang out for the birds. 



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Stephanie @ Lifes Little Adventures

This is a such a great idea. My kids love watching birds and they would love this. I would like to invite you to link up this post on my Money Saving Monday Link Up so others can find this post.

Thanks for the great idea,


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