How to Make Bird Feeders From Recycled Materials for Kids


Recycled bird feeders are inexpensive crafts that can be made at home, at school or at camp. Since the bird feeders use recycled materials, you might find that you already have many of the supplies. When completed, encourage kids to observe the types of birds that are drawn to each bird feeder. Allow kids to be responsible for refilling the feeders with seed.

Things You'll Need

  • Peanut butter
  • Spoon
  • Pine cone
  • Birdseed
  • Aluminum pie plate
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Milk carton
  • Box cutter
  • 2 wooden dowels, ½ inch
  • Wire
  • Soda bottle, 2 liter
  • Drill
  • Paper towel tube
  • Tape
  • Tree

Pine Cone Bird Feeder

Milk Carton Bird Feeder

  • Rinse and dry an empty milk carton. Cut a semi-circular hole on one side of the milk carton using the box cutter. The hole should be about 1/3 from the bottom of the carton. Cut another semi-circular hole on the side of the milk carton directly opposite the first hole.

  • Cut a small hole with the box cutter about 1 inch below the semi-circular hole. Repeat underneath the other semi-circular hole. Push the ½ inch wooden dowel into the hole, through the milk carton and out the other hole.

  • Poke a small hole with the box cutter 1½ inch from the top of the milk carton above the semi-circular hole. Repeat with the opposite side of the milk carton. Push the wire into the hole, through the milk carton and out the other hole.

  • Wrap the wire loosely around a tree branch. Pour birdseed into the milk carton.

Soda Bottle Bird Feeder

Aluminum Pie Plate Bird Feeder

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