Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Milk Jug Bird Feeders

Daddy gets all the credit for this recent outdoor project... I just provided some art supplies and took some pictures!

This was an easy and fun craft that was easy to put together with things we had around the house.

If you don't have a milk jug and need one, let me know!  With as much milk as we go through we could make one of these every few days and feed all the birds in the world right in our own backyard!

Here's what you'll need:
  • empty, rinsed out, milk jug
  • string for hanging
  • scissors or sharp tool for cutting holes
  • markers (these BIC Mark-It™ Permanent Markers I got free from smiley360 were perfect!)
  • whatever decorations you have and want to use
  • 2 sticks
  • birdseed

Here's what you'll do:
grown up jobs:
  • cut 2 small holes at the top of the jug for hanging
  • cut 4 small holes, one in each of the jug sides, to insert sticks for perches
  • cut holes in sides, large enough for birds to come in for a snack
kid jobs:
  • decorate, decorate, decorate 
together jobs:
  • insert sticks into holes
  • attach string for hanging
  • fill with birdseed
  • hang from a tree (we used a broken hanger)

I may have missed some steps to this since I wasn't the one to do the project but just follow the pictures and you'll be fine!

The birds (and squirrels...) love this feeder and we love watching them!  My wakeup call the day after this project was a 2 1/2 year old running into my bedroom at 6:00 AM to inform me that there were birds at her new bird feeder (which hangs on a tree branch right outside her window).

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