Cardboard Tube Cardinal

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Cardboard Tube Cardinal by Amanda Formaro for Spoonful
Total Time 30 minutes or less Ages preschooler

While cardinals can certainly be seen year round, spotting one in the winter is definitely a sight to see. Their beautiful red feathers are a gorgeous contrast to the white snow and watching them is sure to bring a smile to your child's face. So pull out a cardboard tube and the construction paper and let's make a cardinal!

Download Cardboard Tube Cardinal Template

What you'll need

  • 4-inch cardboard tube
  • 1 sheet red construction paper
  • Scrap of black construction paper
  • Scrap of orange construction paper
  • 5 red feathers
  • 2 googly eyes
  • Scissors
  • White craft glue
Helpful Tip:

You can use a glue stick instead of white craft glue for many of the steps. However, white craft glue works best for attaching the feathers and eyes.

Notes:

Did you know that all red cardinals are male birds? The female is light brown with black markings on the face similar to the male's.

Variations:

Make a female cardinal as well by using tan construction paper where the instructions call for red. Use brown or light brown feathers instead of red feathers.

How to make it

  1. Cardboard Tube Cardinal by Amanda Formaro for Spoonful

    Cover the cardboard tube in red construction paper.

  2. Cardboard Tube Cardinal by Amanda Formaro for Spoonful

    Use patterns to cut football shape from black construction paper and triangle from orange construction paper. Glue the black shape to the front of the tube toward the top for the face.

  3. Cardboard Tube Cardinal by Amanda Formaro for Spoonful

    Glue the triangle onto the black face as the beak. 

  4. Cardboard Tube Cardinal by Amanda Formaro for Spoonful

    Glue one red feather at the top of the bird's "head", inside the tube. Glue two feathers on each side of the tube for the wings. Glue on the googly eyes.

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