Project Overview

In this video, Kirstie shows you how to make a bird feeder. It’s a great way to learn what birdlife lives in your area and it’s so much fun to make.

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Cutting the holes
2 Painting your carton
3 Making the roof
4 Making holes
5 Making the perch
6 Final touches
  • Step 1. Cutting the holes

    The first step is to cut an opening on each side of your milk carton so the birds can eat the seeds. Using a craft knife or scissors, cut an ‘A’ shape hole 7cm from the bottom of the carton and about 1cm from each side. You may need an adult to help you with this. 

  • Step 2. Painting your carton

    Once you have made you openings, it’s time to paint! We’ve given ours an undercoat to make it easier to colour but you can give yours a few coats to make it nice and bright. Choose a nice natural colour the birds will love.

  • Step 3. Making the roof

    To make the birds feel at home we’re going to put a nice little roof on your feeder. Cut two icy pole sticks in half and stick four across them like in the video above. Use craft glue so it sticks well. Make one of these for each side.

  • Step 4. Making holes

    Poke holes through the front of the carton for the perch. You may want to get an adult to help you with this step. Then poke a couple of holes in the top of the feeder for the string to hang.

  • Step 5. Making the perch

    Now you’ll need to cut some dowel with a saw. You’ll want a piece about 30cm long. You’ll need an adult to help you with this as well. You can paint your perch as well if you feel like it.

  • Step 6. Final touches

    Once you’re perch is dry, poke the dowel through the holes you made in your feeder for the birds to sit on. Thread some string through the holes in the top of the carton and make a big loop so you can hang it on a branch or nail.

    All you need to do now is add some bird seed and you’re ready to hang it in your garden. Doesn’t it look great, all the local birds will be tweeting about it!

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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