How to Make a Milk Carton Birdhouse

Here's a great reason to drink your milk: When you've emptied the carton, you can make this simple house for your feathered friends.

You will need

  • An empty quart-size milk carton
  • A stapler
  • Masking tape
  • A soft cloth or rag
  • Brown shoe polish
  • Scissors or a small precision knife
  • A grown-up to help with cutting
  • A pointy screwdriver or something to poke holes in the carton
  • Twine
  • A twig or small branch (optional)

Step 1 Rinse out carton Rinse out the milk carton thoroughly and let it dry.

Step 2 Staple shut Close the carton and staple it shut. It will look like it did when your mom or dad bought it.

Step 3 Cover with tape Tear or cut pieces of masking tape that are two or three inches long and stick them all over the carton until you’ve covered it completely.

Step 4 Rub shoe polish Dab some shoe polish onto the cloth and rub it all over the tape-covered carton. This will make the house look like it’s made out of bark. Let the polish dry.

Step 5 Make door To make the door, have a grownup cut a circle that’s an inch to an inch and a half in diameter about 4 inches above the bottom of the carton.

Step 6 Make holes Make a few holes in the bottom of the carton for drainage and two holes in the top so that the birds can breathe.

Step 7 String & hang Poke a hole through the very top of the house, where the milk carton forms a peak, and string a piece of twine through it. Tie a knot in the twine, hang the house from a tree, and wait for your new neighbors to move in.