DIY Craft: How to Make a Milk Carton Birdhouse

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Milk Carton Birdhouse

Estimate time to make


Great for

3rd – 12th

grade girls

Spring and summer time bring the sounds of birds and nature all around us. It is a great time to make a milk carton birdhouse craft with your girls that will surely help fill up their backyards with beautiful birds. This is also a great craft to showcase the importance of recycling and making the world a better place.

Of course depending on the age of your girls you may want to do the first few steps of cutting out the cardboard before the meeting so girls are not using the knife.  

You can learn through directions and pictures and a short video showing birdhouse being made. Let’s get started!

For this craft you will need

  • scalpel

  • piece of rope

  • thin little woods

  • Paint (optional if they will add more color to the birdhouse)

  • white spray

  • hot glue gun

  • scissors

  • paper cartoon from juice, but you can use any box that you want maybe of milk, yogurt or cornflakes

How to make craft

  • Take the cardboard and cut a hole on the front side to create the door.
  • Take the spray and spray the box with white spray. If you are going to paint other colors on the house do that after the white spray drys. Either way make sure to let it dry completely before you continue with the decoration.Birdhouse Craft paint
  • When you are sure that the box is completely dry, take the scalpel and cut the plastic on the top of the box to get clean side. For the cutting process I’ve used scalpel because it was easier for me but you can use scissors as well.Birdhouse Craft Cutting Lid
  • Glue some rope around the door to beautify the look of the birdhouse.Birdhouse Craft decorate door
  • To complete the bird house decoration glue some thin sticks on the upper side to create the roof of the house. For the gluing process I used a hot glue gun, but you can use any glue that you think will work.Birdhouse Craft
  • You can leave the Milk Carton Birdhouse as it is or you can put one longer stick on the bottom side where the birds will be able to stand.Birdhouse Craft
  • Also, you can make a hole in top to thread inside so you can hang the birdhouse on some tree. I’ve used thin wire for this step. Put food for birds inside and your project is finished.Birdhouse Craft glue roofBirdhouse Craft IN tree

Craft Video

Activities Beyond the Birdhouse Craft

If you want to teach your girls more about birds they may see in the house they are making you can use the “Bird, Nests, and Egg Guide” during your meeting to show them pictures and discuss with them the type of birds that would benefit from their bird house.

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My name is Jodi Carlson, I am a mom, wife, & web designer and come with 25 years of GS experience. I am now sharing my experiences and helping other Girl leaders be great and successful and shape today’s girls to be the leaders of tomorrow. I was blessed with a Son in March of 2015 and stepped down as a full time girl leader, but missed planning and volunteering, so I decided after 25 years I have so many ideas to inspire girls and help leaders so I choose to build this blog and it has grown into a resource beyond GS, I am reaching girl leaders in many organizations.