I've done cardinals in many different ways over the years, and this year with a little help from Art for Kids Hub, we've created another version! We put our cardinals on evergreen branches to make them more of a winter project since we're hoping for some more snow before spring! Well, at least I am, but my coworkers may not be! :)
For the pine needle "leaves" the students have a few guidelines to follow. The needles must be as long as their index finger, they should be at least 2 shades of green, and they should be close enough that some of them touch, but not all of them. This way we end up with fuller branches and no Charlie Brown Christmas trees. Ha!