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Pinecone Cardinal




  • Needlenose pliers
  • 6-inch length of fabric-covered floral wire (for legs)
  • Brown and red acrylic paint
  • Small paintbrushes
  • 3 large pinecone scales (for wings and tail)
  • 1 acorn (cap removed, for head)
  • 1 egg-shape pinecone (for body)
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Red glass glitter


  1. Step 1

    Using pliers, bend wire into a narrow U shape (like a hairpin). Push in curved end 1/4 inch to create a heart shape for one foot. Twist wire to form a single strand, leaving 1/4 inch untwisted at open end. Form a heart shape at open end for second foot. Bend entire wire into a U shape for legs. Paint wire brown.

  2. Step 2

    Paint large scales, acorn, and pinecone red (cover scales completely). Let dry.

  3. Step 3

    Cut off rounded ends of 2 large scales at an angle for wings. Cut remaining large scale to form 2 points for tail.

  4. Step 4

    Brush curved end of legs with glue; attach to pinecone body, tucking behind scales. Bend feet.

  5. Step 5

    Brush wide end of body with glue; attach acorn head. Brush top edges of wings and tail with glue; attach to body, tucking behind scales. Let dry.

  6. Step 6

    Brush wings and tail with glue; sprinkle with glitter. Let dry.

  7. Step 7

    Paint on brown eyes and beak.