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How to Make a Birdhouse from a Milk Carton

Now that Spring is here there is no better time to learn how to make a Birdhouse from a Milk Carton! We have lots of chirpy birds around our house and I just know they will love my latest Milk Carton Bird House.

milk carton bird house

We live in the countryside and we always have birds aplenty in our garden looking for worms. Quite often they sit on our roof and then soar down to the green grass for a tasty catch!

During the Spring months there is so much more life outdoors and this year the kids and I thought it would be lots of fun to make a milk carton Bird House for our feathered friends to spend some time in. Of course we will fill it with lots of bird seed to keep them happy. 

This step by step craft tutorial with pictures takes a milk carton and turns it into a pretty Bird House! 

If you like recycling materials please check out my list of simple toilet paper roll ideas and my best Paper Plate crafts for kids

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How to Make a Birdhouse from a Milk Carton

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Learn How to Make a Birdhouse from a Milk Carton, and make it welcoming too. Pretty recycling craft for kids young and old for Spring


  • Empty paper milk carton, any size, washed out and dry
  • Exacto knife or scissors
  • Craft sticks
  • Jute cord, yarn, ribbon, or string
  • Hot Glue
  • Paint (white & any other colors you choose) & paint brush
  • Paint pens or markers
  • Natural elements such as moss, twigs, hay, dry leaves or grass, etc.


Step 1

Use exacto knife or scissors to carefully cut an opening for the birds in the carton about a ⅓ of the way up from the bottom - this opening can be any shape you choose.

diy milk carton bird house process

Step 2

Prepare the carton by applying an even coat of white paint over the entire carton, except the bottom, and let dry.

Step 3

Next apply your color (s) of choice to the carton and let dry - get creative with two tones, multi colors, etc. I went for yellow and red!

Step 4

Add details like windows, designs, flowers, etc. by using paint pens or markers 

Use the craft sticks to create roof beams, fencing, signs, etc.  - you may cut the sticks to size as needed 

Step 5

Attach the natural elements as desired - the roof, around the opening, and inside the house are great places to use these 

Step 6

To hang your bird house, cut a piece of cord about 12 inches long and attach it with glue from under the opening of the carton as shown 

Finally place your birdhouse outside and watch with pride as the neighborhood birds enjoy the new home you have provided! 


You can also use a small paper juice carton if you cannot get your hands on a milk carton.

If you are looking for more ideas to keep your children busy this Spring please check out my Easy Spring Crafts

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