Recycled milk cartons are great for crafting, and especially for making bird feeders shaped like owls! And simple enough to whip up just in time for this shabbat, "shabbat shira" for which there is Jewish tradtion to leave food out for the birds on Friday afternoon. As you can see, our feeders have yet to be filled, but we won't forget!
Depending on the kinds of birds that one would like to feed, you can of course add a little stick which runs from from to back to give the birds a perch. The small birds around here are quite hardy and will have no problem going right into the milk carton, though we'll have to see.
- recycled milk or juice cartons
- white paint
- sand paper
- a permanent black marker
- string or ribbon for hanging
We found the instructions for this cute craft courtesy of whole kids, and we basically followed the instructions. We first lightly sanded the milk cartons to help the paint adhere, and then we applied two coats of white water based house paint, since that is what we had on hand. The results are a little lumpy and chalky, but fine for a project like this one!
After paint had dried we cut eyes from a piece of cereal box, applied with glue and then drew details with the black permanent marker. Make a hole in the top with a hole punch or something sharp, and hang!
Mom did cut out the wings and openings with a craft knife and scissors, an initial step that I would recommend doing for younger children, or for those who need some encouragement to get started.