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Easy Cardinal Yarn Craft

My love of cardboard and easy yarn crafts keeps growing. This brilliant idea comes from I Heart Crafty Things, I just added the pipe cleaner legs.


  • Old, clean corrugated cardboard, about 10″ x 5″ rectangles
  • Bird template (PDF shared here)
  • Yarn
  • Utility scissors
  • Felt, black and yellow
  • Googly eye
  • Feathers
  • Craft glue
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Decorative string
  • Embroidery needle


PREP: Cut a bird shape for each student as it takes a sharper scissors than the standard school type. Add a 1/4″ slit in the tail to begin the wrapping. I also cut lengths of yarn into about a 4 yard length for each student to start wrapping. It generally took about 3 or 4 of these for each student to completely cover their bird.

  1. Place one end of their yarn in the slit in the tail and then start wrapping about a 4 yard length of yarn. This seemed to be a good length that kept them supplied for awhile, but didn’t get tangled as they worked.
  2. Whenever a length was done, cut a small slit cut to tuck their end into. Kinders needed help with this, but older made their own slit. They continued with more string until the face was covered. They made a final slit for the end, and then adjusted the yarn to cover it.
  3. The felt pieces were precut for kinders, but older could make their own. They were attached to the face with a small amount of craft glue.
  4. A pipe cleaner was cut in half for each leg. Students formed their feet and toes as they wished. An embroidery needle was used to poke a hole INSIDE the cardboard to create space for each leg to be inserted.
  5. Tucked feathers into the tail and face and wing area as desired.
  6. A decorative string was hooked through the back body. The embroidery needle helped for this too as it took just one stitch through the yarn before tying a knot.

easy yarn craftsHere are a few more photos from today’s class. Love it when projects turn out even better than you expected!