Christmas Elf Countdown: Day 4

Homemade Gifts

Four days until Christmas! Do you remember the surprise present that Sam makes for his mom and dad in “Christmas Elf”? It’s a beautiful birdhouse! He expresses his creativity and love for his parents by adding the finishing touch of a heart-shaped door.

Now you and your Christmas Elf can make your very own bird feeder together!

Items needed:Homemade Gifts

  • Half gallon milk or juice carton
  • A crayon or marker
  • Art supplies for decorating
  • Scissors or craft knife for adult use only
  • Ruler for measuring or drawing straight lines
  • A twig, skewer, or popsicle stick for birds to perch on
  • Hole punch
  • Twine
  • Bird seed


  1. Using a crayon or a marker, have your child draw the shape of an opening 2 inches above the bottom of a half gallon milk or juice carton.
  2. Cut out the shape using scissors or a craft knife (adults only, please).
    • Hint: you can use part of the cutout as a roof for the birds by not cutting the top portion all the way and folding it upwards.
  3. Punch one or two holes on the top of the carton and tie twine into the holes. The twine should be long enough to tie around a tree branch or object for the bird feeder to hang from.
  4. Decorate the carton however you’d like with non-toxic materials. To make a roof, line up and glue twigs on the top of the carton.
  5. Poke a hole at the bottom of the opening and fit the twig, skewer, or popsicle stick through the hole.
    • Please note that whatever is used for the birds to perch on will need to be sturdy and go through the back of the milk carton for strength.
  6. Put bird seeds inside your new bird feeder!

What other homemade gifts do you make together? Share your bird feeder or your own homemade gift ideas with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #ChristmasElfCountdown.

We’ll start “wrapping things up” on Day 5 with a new holiday activity so keep following along here and on social media to see what it is!