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Saturday, March 7, 2015

How to Make a Milk Jug Bird Feeder

This is a great project to teach your children about recycling and birds. We put one of these Milk Jug Bird Feeders out and within a day the birds were enjoying it. 

bird standing in hole of milk jug bird feeder eating bird seed
Bird eating from Milk Jug Bird Feeder #1

CJ did the research on the best way to make a Milk Jug Bird Feeder. This is how he did it.

Gather the supplies.
  • A gallon sized milk jug, rinsed out and dried
  • A marker
  • A knife 
  • Twine, string, ribbon, or para-cord. (He used para-cord not shown in the picture.)

milk jug, marker, milk jug lid, knife
Project Supplies

Mark the hole with a marker. (There was an outline on his jug that made the job easy!)

using marker to make holes for the milk jug bird feeder
Mark the holes

Following his mark, he cut out a hole on each side of the milk jug.

using knife to cut holes on each side of milk jug bird feeder
Cutting holes

Once the holes were cut out, he used the knife to dull the sharp edges of the holes.

using knife to dull sharp edges of both holes in milk jug bird feeder
Dulling sharp edges of holes

With the marker, he marked drainage holes on the bottom of the milk jug before using the knife to make the holes.

using marker to mark drainage holes in bottom of milk jug bird feeder
Marking drainage holes

He put a hole in the lid of the milk jug with the knife for the para-cord to go through so the Milk Jug Bird Feeder will hang evenly.

using knife to cut hole in lid of milk jug bird feeder
Adding hole to lid

He pushed the para-cord through the hole in the lid.

pushing paracord through lid of milk jug bird feeder
Pushing para-cord through lid

He tied a knot so that the para-cord will stay.

tying knot of para-card in milk jug bird feeder lid
Knot in para-cord

He hung the Milk Jug Bird Feeder from a branch and filled it with bird seed.

hanging the milk jug bird feeder from a branch
CJ hanging bird feeder from a branch

Now the birds can enjoy Milk Jug Bird Feeder #2!

To see photos of a Black-Capped Chickadee using the Milk Jug Bird Feeder click here.

To learn how to make a Cookie Cutter Bird Feeder click here. This is another fun DIY project to do with the kids.


  1. What a neat way to recycle milk jugs. I may be overthinking this but it looked like the edges are a bit "sharp" for birds feet. I had some 1/4"flexible tubing & cut it so it fit the bottom edge of the access from side to side. Then I slit the tube lengthwise & slipped it over the bottom edge. The tension holds it snug. And if the birds don't care it makes me feel better. :)

  2. If you hand the jug by the handle it hangs just enough to the side so that water doesn't get into it. have been using this kind of feeder for years.


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