We recently made some fond memories with our grandchildren by making milk jug birdhouses after breakfast. It’s a fairly simple project using what you have on hand.
I have such fond memories of breakfast at my grandparents home as a child. We enjoyed hanging out in the kitchen with Papa while he was cooking. I like to create those same types of fond memories for my grandchildren too. We recently had the most fun making birdhouses from plastic milk jugs right after breakfast.
Our grandchildren are growing up in a technological era and that is fine but we enjoy spending time with them and putting the devices away from time to time. So we took a Saturday morning together and made Milk Jug Bird Houses. It’s a great kid friendly DIY project for any time of the year.
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You will need a gallon size milk jug like these seen here. One for each child. We planned ahead so we could save enough for our three youngest grandchildren to each have their own.
I packed a bag with lots of crafting supply options and we headed out for the drive to spend the day with our grandchildren.
How To Make Milk Jug Bird Houses
Use whatever you have on hand to decorate the outside of the bird houses. No need for spending big bucks on this repurpose project. It’s about allowing the kiddos to be creative.
- Packaged moss (Dollar Tree)
- Colored craft sticks (Dollar Tree)
- Crafting spoons (Walmart DIY section)
- Paint in lots of color choices
- Fabric Scraps
- Silk fall leaves
- Wooden curtain rings
- Fabric scraps
- Sisal rope
- Milk jug caps & 20 oz. plastic bottle caps
- Wooden skewers
- Acrylic craft paint in a variety of colors
- Peel off letter stencils
- E6000 glue
- Outdoor Mod Podge
- Clothesline rope was used to hang the milk jug bird houses in the tree
We just piled a collection of supplies from my craft stash on the table for the children to look at and think about while they were enjoying their breakfast. By the time they were done eating, they all knew which supplies they wanted to use.
First cut a hole for the birds to enter. We used a box cutter but a pair of scissors will work too. Papa and I did all of the cutting, safety first you know!
Decorate the outside
We gave the children creative carte blanche. That’s the part we enjoy watching the most. Our three youngest grandchildren are 7, 10 and 11. They are always fun to do craft projects with. It’s such a nice way to stroke their creativity and enjoy quality time together.
Two of our Grands opted to use peel off stencil letters. One decided to spell B-i-r-d which we thought was cute since she is only 7. She also decided it would be best to put the cap back on her bird house so the rain wouldn’t get inside.
The very first thing she did was glue moss around the top to attract the birds. Both of the boys decided to do the same thing. We used Outdoor Mod Podge for that step.
Our granddaughter also thought the birds might like to have perches on the outside of their house so she attached plenty of the craft spoons.
She also elected to use the faux fall leaves as a bed for the birds on the inside of her bird house creation.
A wood curtain ring serves as a perch at the door and she painted the handle blue.
Water Source & A Perch
Both of the boys decided to use the empty fruit cups from breakfast cups as a water source on the outside of their bird house. It was glued onto the handle with E6000 glue which is pretty strong.
I cut a very small slit into the handle for the lip of the cup to slide into so the side would fit flush. Chandler also used the E6000 to randomly glue the craft sticks on the outside.
He also used a wood skewer slid through the handle as a perch for the birds.
Angry Birds is the theme for Chandler’s milk jug bird house. He painted the designs on the outside free hand. He is pretty good at all video games including Angry Birds but he enjoys our crafting projects too.
Cullen decided to use the stick on stencils too. It was the next thing he did after attaching the empty cup on the handle. He didn’t want to spell the same word as Ashley so he went with ‘Birdy.’
HOW TO INSERT THE PERCH
I knew those wood curtain rings would be fun to use. Cullen added a wood ring to the inside of his milk jug bird house as a perch.
To attach it, we created a small hole on both sides for a wooden skewer. Then slid the skewer in one side, added the curtain ring by reaching inside the door (those tiny hands fit) and slid the skewer on through the other side. To keep the ring from sliding around on the skewer, we dropped a dab of E6000 on it.
The wood skewer which holds the curtain ring also serves as a perch. I love the faux fall leaves he glued to the outside too. Cullen used the faux moss on the inside of his birdhouse to create a bed.
Craft Paint Tip
I use milk jug caps and old liquid medicine cups to pour craft paint into. They are the perfect size for the small amount of paint needed. There is always a steady supply of milk caps to choose from.
Milk jug bird houses make a nice craft project. You get to repurpose empty milk jugs, provide for the birds, spend quality time with the children as well as teach them about giving back and encourage their imaginations. It’s more than a win-win.