"E" Is for Elk (Alphabet Paper Craft for Kids)

Updated on January 3, 2020
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I'm a caregiver and an artist. I received high honors in creative writing, fine arts, and sculpture at Montserrat College of Art.

“E” is for Elk
“E” is for Elk | Source

Craft With Letters (And Animals!)

This elk is proud of his antlers sitting sturdy upon his head. This is such an enjoyable craft to get children excited about learning. They will learn about the letter “E” as well as fun facts about the elk. Did you know that the elk’s antlers may reach 4 feet above its head?

Materials and Supplies

The supplies you will need to create the elk craft are:

  • Construction paper in black, brown, white, and dark brown
  • Scissors
  • Cotton ball
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Black marker (fine point)

Gathering The Right Supplies
Gathering The Right Supplies | Source

Step 1: Create the Letter “E”

On brown construction paper, draw out the letter “E” with a pencil. Make sure to use a pencil when drawing out the letter so that mistakes can easily be erased. Make sure that the top and bottom of the “E” are equal to each other and the center of the letter is slightly shorter. Trace the pencil with the fine point black marker so that the letter “E” can easily be seen.

Draw out the letter “E”
Draw out the letter “E” | Source

Using scissors cut along the black lines to create the letter “E”.

Cut Out The “E”
Cut Out The “E” | Source

Your “E” is complete and ready to become the proud, sturdy elk. Ready for Step 2!

Finished “E” Cut Out
Finished “E” Cut Out | Source

Step 2: Draw the Elk’s Ears

Use the same color brown construction paper as used in step 1. This will be used to create the ears. Cut a large rectangular-shaped piece of paper and place it at the top corner of the letter “E”. This is where the top right ear will be placed. With a pencil, draw the right ear in an oval shape leaving the bottom part of the ear, flat. Trace the pencil with the fine point black marker so that your drawing can easily be seen.

Trace right ear with black marker
Trace right ear with black marker | Source

Cut out the ear following the black lines. Make sure the bottom portion of the ear is flat.

Cutting Out The Right Ear
Cutting Out The Right Ear | Source
Right Ear Cut Out
Right Ear Cut Out | Source

Using the completed cut out ear, place it on the same brown paper. Leave about an inch underneath to create a tab on the left ear for gluing underneath the elk. Trace the ear with pencil drawing straight down on each side of the ear for the tab

Trace Left Ear With Black Marker
Trace Left Ear With Black Marker | Source

Cut out the elk’s left ear making sure to leave the tab for gluing the ear to the elk.

Cutting Out The Left Ear
Cutting Out The Left Ear | Source
Left Ear Cut Out
Left Ear Cut Out | Source

This elk is ready to listen for all that lurks in the tree-filled mountains. The nose is next in to sniff out in step 3.

Step 3: Draw the Nose

Using a sheet of black construction paper, place the bottom corner of the black paper on the right top corner of the letter “E”. With a pencil draw an oval shape to create the nose. Do not trace with a black marker as a pencil is seen easier on black paper.

Draw The Nose
Draw The Nose | Source

Cut the nose out following the pencil. You should have an oval shape of about 1.75in. long when completed.

Cut Out The Nose
Cut Out The Nose | Source

Do you smell that? It’s feet! Let's sniff our way over and create some feet. Hooves that is, in our next step 4.

Completed Nose Cut Out
Completed Nose Cut Out | Source

Step 4: Create the Hooves

The elk needs hooves to walk a long distance. To create his hooves use a sheet of black paper. Place the top left corner of black paper underneath the center arm of the letter “E”. Place it just back far enough to make a small rectangular shaped hoof. Trace along the arm of the “E” so that the hoof is the same size as the arm. Make sure to use a pencil to do this for easy erasing.

Drawing The Hooves
Drawing The Hooves | Source

Next, draw a v-shaped notch just off of the center of the hoof. This will create the shape of an elk hoof. Erase the straight line that runs along the top of the notch. When gluing the hoof on to the letter “E” make sure the notch is placed just passed the arm of the letter.

Draw the V Shaped Notch
Draw the V Shaped Notch | Source

Cut the hoof out following the pencil lines. Make sure to cut the V-shaped notch out of the hoof as well.

Cut Out The Hoof
Cut Out The Hoof | Source

For the second hoof, trace the hoof that was just created on the same black construction paper. Cut out the second hoof. This hoof will be glued to the bottom arm of the letter “E”. Make sure when gluing the hoof to the bottom arm that the notch is placed just passed the arm of the letter “E”.

Both Hooves Completed
Both Hooves Completed | Source

Step 5: Create the Tail

Every Elk has a cute brown tail with a flurry of white fluff. To create the tail use the same brown paper used to create the letter “E”. With a pencil draw a light bulb shape tail approximately 3.5”. At the bottom of the tail, draw a tab for gluing behind the letter “E”. The tab is about 1” long. The total amount of the tail with the tab is 4.5” long. Trace the pencil with the black marker for easier viewing.

Draw The Tail
Draw The Tail | Source

Cut out the tail following the black lines drawn. Make sure to leave the 1” tab for gluing the tail to the letter.

Cut Out The Tail
Cut Out The Tail | Source
Tail Cut Out
Tail Cut Out | Source

To complete the tail use a cotton ball to make the white fluff for the elk’s tail. Pull the cotton ball gently to stretch it, but not rip it, into a long straight shape.

Strectch Cotton Ball
Strectch Cotton Ball | Source

Glue the cotton around the bulb of the tail to create the white fluff of the tail. A perfect elk’s tail any elk will be proud to strut!

Finished Elk Tail
Finished Elk Tail | Source

Step 6: Create the Eye

Make the eye of the moose by starting with the eyeball. Use a piece of white construction paper and draw an eyeball about 2.25” long and .75” wide. The eyeball is also drawn in a half-moon shape. It is rounded on top and flat on the bottom.

Draw The Eye
Draw The Eye | Source

Do not trace in black marker. Pencil keeps the white of the eye cleaner. Cut out the eyeball following the pencil lines drawn.

Cut Out Eye
Cut Out Eye | Source

The eyeball is now ready and will be used to measure the size of the pupil.

Finished Eyeball
Finished Eyeball | Source

Black construction paper is needed to make the pupil of the eye. Lay the white eyeball with the bottom, flat edge even with the edge of the black paper. Draw a straight line even with the top of the eyeball. This will help in sizing the pupil of the elk’s eye.

Sizing The Pupil
Sizing The Pupil | Source

Within the line drawn, draw an oval-shaped pupil about 1” wide with pencil. The pupil should fit perfectly within the eyeball.

Drawing The Pupil
Drawing The Pupil | Source

Cut the pupil out using a rounded motion with the scissors. The pupil will sit directly in the center of the white part of the eyeball.

Cut Out The Pupil
Cut Out The Pupil | Source

Step 7: Creating Elk Fur

Using a dark brown paper, place the top edge just underneath the top arm of the letter “E”. Draw jagged fur just passed the neck on each side. The fur is about 3” across and 3” high. Since the brown is so dark it can be drawn with only a pencil. The pencil is easier to see on dark colors.

Drawing The Fur
Drawing The Fur | Source

Cut out the fur carefully following the jagged edges. This will create the look of your elk covered is fur.

Cut Out Fur
Cut Out Fur | Source

Every elk stands tall and struts their antlers. Lets Strut on over to step 8 and create antlers this elk will be proud of.

Step 8: Create the Antlers

Using the same dark brown paper the fur was made with will be used to create the antlers. I made my first antler about 9” in length and with three points. Draw on the dark brown with a pencil only.

Draw The First Antler
Draw The First Antler | Source

Cut out the antler following the lines of the pencil. Be sure to cut out each point carefully.

Cut Out Antler
Cut Out Antler | Source

Use the first antler as a template and trace it exactly on the same dark brown paper. Cut out second antler

Finished Antlers
Finished Antlers | Source

This elk has a sweet smile. Let's create the perfect smile for this happy elk to show off.

Step 9: Creating the Mouth

Using the same brown used to create the letter “E” will be used to create the mouth. The bottom jaw is the part of the mouth that is being made. Draw about a 4” claw shape. It is rectangular on one side and swoops down about halfway into a pointed shape on the other end. Outline the pencil with a black marker.

Draw The Mouth
Draw The Mouth | Source

Cut out the bottom jaw of the mouth careful to follow the lines. The jaw will fit perfectly underneath the top arm of the letter “E” to create the smiling mouth.

Cut Out Mouth
Cut Out Mouth | Source

Step 10: Assemble the Elk

Assemble the elk using glue. I prefer using white school glue when assembling my elk. Glue all pieces created into place. The adorable elk is now complete.

*Note before gluing: When creating more than one elk for multiple children you may use the pieces created as templates to make multiple pieces. Simply trace each piece and cut them out for each child. Another trick is to stack a few pieces of paper underneath the one traced piece and cut out multiple parts at once. This will save lots of time. Make an example for the children to follow so they can make an elk of their own. Let them be creative so they can have an outcome to be proud of.

Assembled & Finished Elk
Assembled & Finished Elk | Source

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

    © 2020 Jason Nicolosi

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      • Nicoartz profile imageAUTHOR

        Jason Nicolosi 

        2 months ago from AZ

        Thanks Purvi. I try and make these letter craft easy enough for anyone to follow. Hopefully, I've accomplished this. I am really glad you enjoy my crafts!

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        Purvi 

        2 months ago from India

        Great work!

        Another craftwork is ready. Wow, such a great skill you have. You add all images of craftwork so, anyone can understand it easily. I also enjoy this letter. Keep it up. Thanks for sharing and I am waiting for next letter.

      • Nicoartz profile imageAUTHOR

        Jason Nicolosi 

        2 months ago from AZ

        Thanks Lora for your great comment. I know I enjoy watching the kids I work with have fun crafting the animal letters. It's a very fun craft to enjoy and learn with.

      • Nicoartz profile imageAUTHOR

        Jason Nicolosi 

        2 months ago from AZ

        Thanks, John for pointing that out. I try to put interesting facts about the animals I'm doing to try and keep the project fun and interesting for the kids and the adults.

      • Nicoartz profile imageAUTHOR

        Jason Nicolosi 

        2 months ago from AZ

        Lynsey, thanks for pointing out the uniqueness of my letter "E". I've been trying to make unique letter animals like the Elk and the Coyote. I believe the Coyote is the first of its kind on the world wide web. I hope that you enjoy all of the letters, watch for more unique way of learning and having crafting fun. More are on the way!

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        Lora Hollings 

        2 months ago

        What a wonderful project for children and their parents to do together. This elk is really cool, Jason. And what a great job you did on the step by step instructions and in designing this animal out of the letter E. This is such an excellent project for developing eye hand coordination and so good as a mentally challenging exercise too!

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Another great step by step project, Jason. I like how you keep it interesting for kids with little snippets of information about the elk as you go. Good job.

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        Lynsey Hart 

        2 months ago from Lanarkshire

        Another creative project. Thank you for sharing. Love that you haven't went for the typical E for Elephant!

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