Juice carton bird feeder
- Wash and dry your chosen cardboard carton then using a craft knife or scissors, cut out an opening on either side to form your bird entrances.
- Decorate the outsides with non-toxic paints, colourful paper, sequins, buttons and stickers.
- Break up small twigs or use lolly pop sticks to glue on to the top of both sides of the carton to create a roof.
- Cut a small hole or hole punch below the entrance openings and secure a lolly stick or twig to create a bird perch.
- Do the same at the top of the carton, to tie through twine to suspend your feeder in the garden.
- Fill with good quality bird seed and enjoy your feathery garden visitors all year round!
Egg carton plant pots
- Cut up an empty cardboard egg box so each cup is separated.
- Choose your seeds (vegetables and herbs work well) then write the chosen plant on the side of the carton in crayon or pen.
- Fill each cardboard cup with a small amount of potting compost and pop in a seed covering lightly with more soil.
- Add a little water and place by a bright and warm window, so you can all enjoy your seeds sprouting over the coming weeks.
- Once the plants become too big for the pots, transfer them into the garden, planting the entire cup which will decompose in the ground.
- If you don’t have any egg boxes to hand, a finished loo roll stuffed with a little newspaper or empty citrus rinds such as half an orange, work well too.
Tin can windchime
- Clean, de-label and dry your chosen empty tin cans of varying sizes, making sure to tape around the cut edge which can be sharp.
- Decorate the dry cans with paintbrushes, non-toxic paints, glitter and buttons.
- Once dry, use a sharp tool to punch a small hole through the bottom of each tin and thread through garden twine.
- Knot the twine on either side of the hole then tie a small bolt, chunky rock or bottle top to the twine inside of the can.
- Arrange the tins so they sit at different lengths then tie a knot in the loose twine ends, looping it through a metal hook. If you prefer you could tie them closely together directly on to your chosen surface i.e. tree branch, pergola, washing line etc.
- Move the cans around the garden to find the perfect windy spot and experiment with different chimes for an orchestra of lovely sound.