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Materials
Milk carton (1-quart size)
Scissors
Paint (two different colors)
Sandpaper
Buttons
Cereal box or other used piece of cardboard
Nontoxic glue
Rickrack or ribbon
Craft stick or tongue depressor
Knife
Peanut butter
Newspaper
Birdseed
String or wire

Instructions
1. Wash out the milk carton, then cut out the plastic spout but save the plastic cap. Use it to trace a circle about halfway down the front of the carton.

2. Once the carton is dry, lightly sand the outside (this will allow the paint to adhere properly), and paint it any color you choose.

3. Use a round button to trace circles on the cardboard. Cut them out and paint them a different color. Once the carton and the circles are dry, glue the circles all over. Use rickrack or ribbon to give the cutout circle a neat edge, and glue in place. Glue a fun button above it to finish it off.

4. Using the tip of the scissors, cut a slit beneath the hole. Slide the craft stick through the slit to make a perch.

5. Poke a hole in the top seam of the carton (for hanging it later), using scissors or a hole punch. Then, cut two pieces of recycled cardboard slightly longer than the top of the carton to create the birdhouse roof. Glue each piece in place.

6. Spread peanut butter over the entire roof. Place the house over a newspaper and sprinkle generously with birdseed. Press firmly into the peanut butter, and sprinkle again to make sure the roof is entirely covered.

7. Hang outside with string or wire, then keep an eye out for your new feathered friends!

 

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