Make a Recycled Bird Feeder

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Backyard birds won't know the difference between a fancy, store-bought bird feeder and one that's homemade, so save your pennies and make one out of an empty milk carton.

How to make it

  1. Cut openings on opposite sides of a clean carton and coat with nontoxic paint.

  2. Glue Popsicle stick shingles onto the roof.

  3. For a perch, poke holes below the openings and slip a dowel through the holes.

  4. Fill the bottom of the feeder with birdseed mix. (You can make your own mix by combining a variety of nuts and seeds, such as sunflower seeds, millet, thistle seeds and yellow corn.) Then hang the feeder with wire in a spot that's easy to view but far enough away from fences or posts to thwart predators.

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