How to Build a 
Milk Jug Bird Feeder

Making a milk jug bird feeder is fun and easy!

Milk Jug Birdfeeder

If you want to get your kids outside this and in touch with nature, then get them interested in bird watching, One of the best places to expose your kids to the wonderful hobby of birding is your own backyard. Kids love to learn and by nature are curious.

Bird watching is a great way to teach your children about the world of nature around them.

Most of us see wild birds as they fly by without taking the time to enjoy their beauty.

Since they are so far away and always moving, it is hard to get a good look at them.

If you want a chance to see birds up close, try hanging a few bird feeders around your yard.

You will be surprised how many birds you can attract. There are about 800 species of birds in North America.

You could probably find about 100 species near and around where you live. Many of them can be attracted with bird feeders. Even more can be attracted with water attracted with water.

One way to get your kids interested in the bird feeders around your yard is to make them yourself.

Young kid drawing a shape on the jar
Cutting the jar with a scissors
Tying up the milk jar with a steel wire

Making a milk jug bird feeder is simple and fun. This project can be completed in about 15 minutes.

You will need:

  • An empty milk carton (a gallon jug)
  • Thin wire or strong string
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Birdseed
  • Markers or paint (optional for decoration)


  • Clean carton with hot water and rinse thoroughly.
  • Outline cutout holes on the two sides away from the handle.
  • Cut out holes.
  • Remove cap and wrap wire or string around the base of the opening and replace cap (see photo).
  • Hang your new milk jug feeder from a tree branch and fill it with birdseed.
  • That's it, you're done!

While a milk jug bird feeder will not last forever, they are a lot of fun to make.

If you enjoyed making a milk jug bird feeder, then click here for tips on bird watching for kids.

Return from Milk Jug Bird Feeder to A Home for Wild Birds Home

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.

Coming Soon

Recent Articles

  1. perch bird

    Mar 18, 18 03:50 PM

    little smaller than a robin. Very light spotted grey wings, white breast with Robin's red on the outside of the white and going to the wings.

    Read More

  2. big grey bird

    Mar 15, 18 02:34 PM

    large solid grey bird with a big hooked black beak, large white/yellow patches around orange eyes, orange claws, small head, no neck, had some kind of

    Read More

  3. it's cute, but what is it?

    Mar 15, 18 02:34 PM

    does not eat from the feeder but carries seed to the window sill and pecks at it.

    Read More