Earth Day Project

By Janell Poulette on April 1, 2016

Spring is finally here! After a long, cold winter here in Kentucky, I am looking forward to watching the trees get their leaves back and see the flowers bloom. We spent too much time inside during the winter and I plan on spending more time outside to enjoy the warmer weather and enjoying nature.

With earth day just around the corner, I wanted to do a project with my kids to help them recycle some of the products we had used in our house and also do something that would benefit something outside.

After our Spring Picnic, we had a few empty Tampico gallon jugs and saw online that people had made these gallon jugs into bird feeders! It was the perfect craft for our family to do! You just need a few supplies and it is a project your kids will love..and so will the birds!

DIY Bird Feeder


  • Empty Tampico Gallon Jugs
  • Permanent markers
  • Wire (I used the wire that is used to make wreaths)
  • Scissors
  • Birdseed
  • Wooden sticks (kabob sticks work)


Draw an outline on one side so you know where you need to cut out the hole for the birdseed.

With a scissor, poke a hole so it is easier to cut out around the outline.

Using the permanent markers, let your child draw all over the gallon jug.

Poke a hole on the left and right sides of the opening about 1 inch from the bottom. Then feed the wooden stick through the holes. This is where the bird can sit to eat the food.

Poke 2 holes on opposites sides at the top so you can add the wire to hang the bird feeder. Cut about 18 inches of wire.

Feed the wire through the holes and wind them together at the top.

Let the children add the birdseed to their finished bird feeder.

Make sure you hang it near a window so you can watch the birds all day long. We have some beautiful Cardinals that fly around the woods next to our house. I can watch them enjoy the bird seed while I am washing the dishes.

My kids love the taste of Tampico punch. There are several delicious flavors. Our favorite flavors are the fruit punch and the pineapple coconut. You can find them at your favorite grocery store. My kids always ask for a cup of Tampico punch when they get home from school.

Let your family enjoy Tampico punch and then clean out the jug to make your own bird feeder. Earth Day is April 22 - how do you plan to celebrate?

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