October 07, 2011

{tutorial} Make a PAINTED or DECOUPAGED bird feeder from recycled cartons

Our Colorful Bird Feeders!

Alright, so my kids begged me to buy bird feeders all Summer and I kept saying we'll make them! ...Well, we made these about 3 weeks ago, the end of Summer! Too bad it snowed today, we had to take them down :( Poor kids!

Initially I found simple instructions to make a bird feeder @ allfreecrafts.com

Easy materials needed for a DIY Bird Feeder:

-milk carton (we used granola cartons)
- white paint
-skewer sticks
-acrylic paint, or to decoupage you need strips of fabric (I repurposed material)
-Mod Podge
-hole punch

My kids painted with window paint, Crayola Window Crayons, & oil pastels...

Easy photo DIY *tutorial*below:
1- Paint the carton white -creating a blank canvas. (We had three to paint- I love Sweet Home Granola- Yum! They make excellent bird feeders too.)

2- Draw the door in a house-like shape 1"+ from bottom of carton.

3- Cut out door with a knife and keep the cut out shape for a roof.

4- Cut a slit in the top of the roof shape and fold in three places (shown in the photo).

5- Decorate the bird feeder carton and roof shape.

6- Use a brush to apply a coat of Mod Podge to protect drawings. I used Mod Podge to adhere repurposed material (my friend A gave it to me) to my bird feeder.

7- Glue the roof shape to carton. 
8- Make holes for 2-3 skewers, evenly on the front and back of carton and push skewers through front and back.
9- Make a hole with a hole punch to hang with string or wire.



I hope you will make one too!

(It was another week before I went to the store to buy bird feed!)

Oh Happy Birdies!


  1. Anxiously awaiting the Halloween art for decorations or simply fun.....

  2. Oh Julie, they're coming! Unfortunately I'm not going to throw up all my Halloween decor this year because I will be moving soon and it takes a couple of days to put up and take down. So I am on the chill side this year for Halloween. Hopefully I only make Halloween creations I don't have to store away, maybe just make edibles :)

  3. What a fun project... the kids will love it:)

  4. Victoria, send me a photo when you make one!

  5. I absolutely love these Candice! I'm finally able to feature today!! xo

  6. My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!

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  7. Thank you Suresh! I really enjoy posting all of the fun things I am able to do with my kids/family.

  8. Thank you for sharing this interesting idea!