Make Your Own Bird Feeder From an Egg Carton

This is another Earth Day inspired project - reusing an egg carton and feeding some birdies!

In the instructions you'll see that we planned to use paint (when this was going to be in person in the library), but you can get creative with this, and find ways to decorate with whatever you have in your house.  Markers, crayons, pencils, decoupage!  Use what you've got!

Don't forget to watch the video below these instructions and to share your finished product with us. We can't wait to see.


Egg Carton Bird Feeder

What You Need

  • Egg Carton
  • Paint
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Hole punch
  • Paint brush
  • Ruler


How To Do It

1. Using scissors, cut out 3 pairs of egg cartons; this should be 6 in total, side to side.


2. With the hole puncher, punch one hole in each corner of the egg carton. Try to make all the holes evenly.  


3. Choose the color of your base and paint the whole egg carton the color; try to have an even coat of paint. Wait for the paint to dry. The first side should be dry by the time the second side is being done painted. If this is not the case wait 10 minutes for it to dry.

  1. Now using the first side paint whatever you like. Flip over the carton and paint that side.  


5. Take the string and measure 18 inches, then cut it. Do this three more times, giving you four string in total.

  1. Insert one string into the hole you punched and wrap the string around and tie a double knot. Repeat this step on each corner of the egg carton.


7. Take the ends of all four strings and tie them together in a knot. Make sure that the strings are even, so the egg carton is balanced.


  1. You’re all done! Hang it outside and add bird feed.  And, please share your finished crafts with us.  We'd love to see!  Email us your photos or post and tag us on social media.  You can find us on FacebookFlickrInstagram, and Twitter.

Watch Ashley, the Teen Services Youth Development Librarian, give it a try!

Download a printable version of the instructions.