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Presidents’ Day Milk Carton Craft

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Four score and seven years ago…Abe Lincoln would have never guessed he would become a milk carton bird feeder. That’s right…we’re kicking off Presidents’ Day with a themed craft that your little ones (and the birds) will love.

Supplies: two recycled milk cartons, scrap construction paper (black, blue, red), one lace doily, cotton balls, scissors and/or a utility knife, hot glue gun, permanent marker, paint brush, neutral paint color (you can mix white with a dab of each of the primary colors to get the skin tone as shown below), clear twine (for hanging the finished product). Yeah, yeah, yeah…sounds like lots of stuff…BUT you probably already have most of it.

Step 1: Cut a square out of the side of each milk carton using scissors or a utility knife.

Step 2: Lay down some newsprint or scrap paper and let the kids go to town painting each milk carton. Don’t worry too much about the inside triangles at the top of each carton as they will be covered with construction paper.

Step 3: As the paint is drying, cut out some basic shapes from the construction paper. Abe needs a hat and a beard. George Washington needs a hat, some rosy cheeks, a bow tie, and a lace doily collar. And both presidents need some eyebrows. Once the paint is dry, apply the construction paper cutouts with glue.

Step 4: Use a glue gun to give George some white, cotton ball hair. Adding finishing touches like eyes and a nose with a permanent marker.

Step 5: Using scissors or a utility knife, cut a slit at the top of the carton, opposite the cap. Thread a piece of clear twine through the slit and the spout and secure with a knot to form a loop for hanging. Dangle from your favorite tree, fill with birdseeds, and enjoy your Presidents’ Day.


 

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