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Milk Carton Crafts - Reuse, Recycle Birdhouses

By: Suzanne Cook
Suzanne Cook
Suzanne Cook

Suzanne Cook’s artistic journey started at the young age of six when she won her school’s art competition.  And, the rest is history.  Her love and passion for art made her design career a foregone conclusion and she has never looked back. Suzanne refined her talent at the University of Georgia where she received a B.F.A. in Graphic Design in 1987. 

From her work to her hobbies and her day-to-day life, everything that is Suzanne is art… Her house is filled with an extensive folk art collection as well as art by herself, her husband and daughter, who both are professional artist.

Suzanne is has a reputation for creating art with a positive, whimsical spin that is always colorful and inspiring. Her dreams really did come true when she was able to become one of Plaid’s Design Inspiration Designers!

A Georgia native, Suzanne lives in Suwanee with her husband

Turn those empty milk cartons into crafty toy birdhouses using Mod Podge and scrapbook paper.
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Skill Level: Beginner


Mod Podge ® 7 Piece Tool Kit
Item #12900
All of the tools you need to Podge it up, in one cool little case! Two pairs of scissors, a squeegee, ruler, emery board and a brush are all zipped up in a cute Podge orange or pink pouch. Your supplies are ready to travel with you!


Mod Podge ® Mod Melts - Clear Sea Glass
Item #24886
Use Mod Melts to create custom embellishments for crafting projects that can be decorated with craft paint. Each package contains sixteen 10" long mini melts.


Mod Podge ® Mod Melter
Item #24888
The Mod Melter is a unique new shaped tool to use specifically with Mod Molds and Mod Melts. Hold the tool above the molds and fill them with ease! You can also use the Mod Melter as an all-purpose glue gun to make everything from molded embellishments to home décor, paper crafts, and more!


Mod Podge ® Ultra Matte Chalk Finish, 8 oz.
Item #CS24911
Trend right Ultra Matte Chalk finish. Brushes on smoothly without visible brushstrokes.


Other Supplies
Recycled quart milk carton
Pint milk carton
Toilet paper rolls
Variety of scrapbook papers
Jute string
Small tree stick
Craft knife
6" Circle
Water basin
Paper towels


  1. Choose two coordinating papers for each birdhouse - one pattern for the house siding and another pattern for the roof.
  2. Starting with one of the milk cartons, fold the siding pattern around the sides and pinch the sides to create fold marks. Lightly mark with a pencil where to trim the paper away from the bottom. Remove and trim the paper. Pre-fold the paper making sharp creases.
  3. Apply Mod Podge Ultra Matte Chalk to the carton sides one side at a time and smooth the patterned paper around until you completely cover the carton.
  4. Measure the width and the length (x2) of the top birdhouse. Allow for overhang. Draw out measurements and cut out the rectangle shape and scallop the ends. Fold in half. Apply Ultra Matte to top of the carton and attach the roof.
  5. Draw a circle for the house opening. Cut out using a craft knife.
  6. Cut additional images from scrapbook papers and glue onto the house for added interest.
  7. Repeat steps 2-6 for additional cartons.
  8. Lay the toilet paper roll down on the side pattern paper edge. Mark the length and roll the tube along and marking with a pencil. Cut out the rectangle of paper.
  9. Apply Mod Podge Ultra Matte Chalk to the tube a section at a time and smooth the patterned paper around until you completely cover the tube.
  10. Lay the 6" diameter circle on the roof paper. Move so that a little over half of the circle is hanging off the paper. Trace around the circle edge to edge of the paper. Cut out and fold into a cone shape and glue in place using Ultra Matte.
  11. Cut a window in the tube and fold back the opening. Glue a small scrapbook paper bird in place if desired.
  12. Mod Melt the roof in place.
  13. Repeat steps 8-12 for each toilet paper roll.
  14. Break the tree stick into 1" pieces and Mod Melt the perch onto each birdhouse.
  15. Finally punch holes in the cartons and add a jute string knotted loop hanger. For the toilet paper houses, make a long loop and knot at the end. Send the top of the loop inside the birdhouse and come out the top to hang.
  16. Hang in your indoor plants, bedroom or kitchen windows!
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