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!
- 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
- Bird seed
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Put bird seeds inside your new bird feeder!
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!