Give the birds in your yard a place to perch and snack with a farmhouse-style feeder made from an empty milk carton. Popsicle sticks, paint, and a few succulents never looked so cute.

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How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Cut a hole into the side of the milk carton (this will be the opening for the bird to access the seed). Cover the milk carton with white paint; let dry between coats. You may need 2 to 3 coats to completely cover the print on the carton.

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Step 2

Cut off the ends of the full-sized popsicle sticks to the length of the milk carton's front. Coat the full-sized popsicle sticks in white paint and the half-sized popsicle sticks in black paint; let dry completely.

Step 3

Use hot glue to attach the white-painted popsicle sticks to the front of the milk carton around the hole to resemble shiplap. To make the roof, glue black-painted popsicle sticks to the top of the carton.

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Step 4

Add architectural details: To make a window ledge, coat the bottom of the window opening with black paint. To make a perch, cut the dowel rod to size, paint, and glue it to the front of the feeder. Add decorative touches: plant mini succulents on either side of the window ledge; use a black marker to hand-letter a name for your bird feeder—"The Seed and Feed" seems very fitting.

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