DIY Upcycled Milk Jug Bird Feeder

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Have I mentioned that I love upcycled projects? There’s just something special about turning an item bound for the trash into something that is not only usable for another purpose, but money saving as well. There are so may upcycled projects out there that it just doesn’t make any sense (to me anyhow) to not upcycle something. As is the case with this DIY Upcycled Milk Jug Bird Feeder. It’s one of my favorite ways to upcycle milk jugs!

Why pay for a bird feeder when you can make one? This DIY Upcycled Milk Jug Bird Feeder is super easy to make and uses stuff you already have lying around! It's my favorite of all ways to upcycle milk jugs!

Finding new ways to upcycle milk jugs can be hard, but once you get creative with it, you’ll find that milk jugs are actually quite versatile. There is so much that you can do with them besides make a jug of tea (which is what my Mom always used them for). This upcycled project is so simple to make that it really has become one of my favorite ways to use empty milk jugs. I think it will become one of your favorites too!

Ways to Use Empty Milk Jugs: DIY Upcycled Milk Jug Bird Feeder

The one thing you’ll need to realize about these DIY milk jug bird feeders is that they won’t be very deep. This just means that you’ll likely have to refill them with bird seed more often. You could make them deeper, but you would also be leaving a sharp plastic edge on the sides and that could actually cause harm to our fine feathered friends. Just keep that in mind if you try to modify the design.

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Rinse and dry your jug very well. Once you’ve washed and dried your jug, cut out the lower side of your jug below the handle making sure to leave a thin strip of plastic on all four corners like shown in the pic.


Next, cover the edges and the plastic strips with the tape. As you can see, we used green duct tape to do ours since it is both sturdy and strong. If you want to boost the strength of the bottom of your milk jug bird feeder, place tape across the underside of the jug as well.


Your milk jug bird feeder needs to be balanced so that it will hang correctly. To balance it correctly, make a hole through both the “lip” that is left on the jug and the tape. Poke your paper straws through in an “x” shape. They should be secure enough but if they’re not, adding a piece of tape in the center of the “x” can help.


To finish up, take the lid of your jug and poke a hole through the center. Run your yarn through the hole then tie it off creating a loop to hang your jug with. Screw the lid onto your jug tightly. Add a dab of glue around the thread of the lid if you want to secure it even more.


Super pretty and functional too! Hang on a nearby tree and fill the bottom tray with bird seed! Sit back and enjoy the birds that will come to eat!

See? It told you it was one of my favorite ways to use empty milk jugs! These make amazing kids crafts and are an amazing boredom killer! It’s perfect for kids summer crafts since it’s one of the easiest and quickest ways to upcycle milk jugs that we’ve found!

Looking for more ways to upcycle milk jugs? Be sure to check our list of ways to use empty milk jugs! You might also like ways to upcycle sheets, ways to use old towels, amazing ways to upcycle denim, new uses for clean kitty litter and even upcycled garden projects! We love upcycling here at Six Dollar Family! Whats your favorite upcycling project?


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