Opinion

March 27, 2013

Liz Swafford: DIY for the birds: Upcycled birdhouse, bird feeders

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Milk carton bird feeder

Have a second milk or juice carton handy? Try this really simple bird feeder craft. Like before, empty, rinse and dry the carton. You’ll also need scissors or a craft knife, screwdriver or hole puncher, twine and bird seed. If your carton has a screw-on lid on the side of the gable you’re ready to start. However, if you have a carton with a pour spout that has been opened you’ll need to staple it shut.

Place the carton on a flat surface with the front facing up. Draw two parallel lines horizontally across the front of the carton about three inches apart. Then extend the lines to the side panels by one inch on each side. On the side panel, connect the parallel lines by drawing a vertical straight line. Cut out the rectangular shape following the lines you drew. You’ll have a large opening that extends to the sides.

Finally, punch a hole in the center of the top tab of the container, above the gable. Thread a piece of twine, one to two feet long, through the hole at the top and tie a knot. Fill the bottom of the carton with birdseed and hang it up outside. If you like you can decorate the feeder following the instructions for the birdhouse.

Almost any type of container can be transformed into a birdhouse or feeder. The idea is to reuse what we have by upcycling before recycling. Either way, we use our resources multiple times and benefit the environment in our community.

 

Liz Swafford is the recycling and education program coordinator for the Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority. Contact her at (706) 278-5001 or lswafford@dwswa.org.

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