If your kids love papercrafts, this fun project is for them! This Eagle Papercraft for Kids is made super simple with the free printable template. Simply print, cut and glue together the colored craft papers to recreate these adorable characters! It’s also the perfect 4th of July craft if you need something a little extra to entertain the kiddos this year.
Eagle Papercraft for Kids
I really have no idea how we’re going to celebrate the 4th of July this year. A lot of the events we look forward to each year have been cancelled, unfortunately, due to Covid-19. Thankfully, our small town will still be putting on fireworks (I know several of the surrounding communities cancelled them altogether), so we’ll probably end up watching those and maybe Barbecuing with friends or family.
Whatever your 4th of July looks like this year, I hope you enjoy every bit of it and you’re able to spend it with loved ones.
The Bald Eagle
Did you know that the Bald Eagle has been the national bird of United States of America since 1782? The Bald Eagle can be found on the Presidential Seal, the Great Seal of the United States, on the logos of Federal agencies and money, as well as on postage stamps. It’s become an American icon and also holds great significance for some Native American tribes.
With the Bald Eagle being such a strong symbol of nation, this craft makes for a great 4th of July activity.
I absolutely love how these eagles turned out! You can use googly eyes, like we did, or draw on your eyes with a marker. I plan on gluing magnets to the back of our finished eagles and using them as fridge magnets.
To recreate this papercraft you’ll need the free printable template found at the end of this post and a few simple supplies:
- Colored craft papers
- Googly eyes (optional)
We went with more traditional colors for our Eagle craft, but you can get creative with it as well! Use any colors you want or even create a rainbow or tie-dye colored eagles. The instructions below are for the more traditionally-colored eagle craft, but feel free to substitute in any colors you want.
After gathering up all of your supplies, print out your template. Then carefully cut out each template piece.
Select yellow or orange colored paper for the beak and legs. Grab at least 2 shades of brown colored craft papers for the wings and body. And find some white paper for the head and tail of the eagle.
Trace the beak and leg patterns on the yellow or orange pieces of paper and the head and tail patterns on the white paper. Grab one of the brown shades and trace the body and larger wings on that same shade of brown colored paper. Trace the smaller wings on a different shade of brown colored paper.
Carefully cut out the traced patterns from all of your colored papers.
Attach the small wings on top of the big wings by matching them along the curved sides, as shown above.
Use glue to attach the wings onto both sides of the body pattern by overlapping half a cm, as shown in the picture above.
Next, attach the head pattern onto the head part of the main body.
Attach the legs to the bottom side of the body and the beak onto the head.
Attach the googly eyes to complete the eagle paper craft or use a marker to give eyes to your eagle. If you’re using a marker, feel free to get creative with his eyes or go with something simple. Whatever makes you happy!
Allow your eagle to dry and once dry, he is finished! Don’t they just look amazing?!
You can add magnets to the back of them like I plan on doing, add them to larger strips of paper to create bookmarks, add them to folded pieces of paper for DIY greeting cards, etc. Of course, if you use these eagle papercrafts in a fun or unique way, I’d love to hear about it, so be sure to leave a comment or send an email to let me know!
Ready to get started? To recreate this fun Eagle Papercraft for Kids, click the link below to grab the free printable template.