"E" Is for Elk (Alphabet Paper Craft for Kids)
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
- Cotton ball
- Black marker (fine point)
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.
Using scissors cut along the black lines to create the letter “E”.
Your “E” is complete and ready to become the proud, sturdy elk. Ready for Step 2!
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.
Cut out the ear following the black lines. Make sure the bottom portion of the ear is flat.
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
Cut out the elk’s left ear making sure to leave the tab for gluing the ear to the elk.
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.
Cut the nose out following the pencil. You should have an oval shape of about 1.75in. long when completed.
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.
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.
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.
Cut the hoof out following the pencil lines. Make sure to cut the V-shaped notch out of the hoof as well.
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”.
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.
Cut out the tail following the black lines drawn. Make sure to leave the 1” tab for gluing the tail to the letter.
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.
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!
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.
Do not trace in black marker. Pencil keeps the white of the eye cleaner. Cut out the eyeball following the pencil lines drawn.
The eyeball is now ready and will be used to measure the size of the pupil.
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.
Within the line drawn, draw an oval-shaped pupil about 1” wide with pencil. The pupil should fit perfectly within the eyeball.
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.
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.
Cut out the fur carefully following the jagged edges. This will create the look of your elk covered is fur.
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.
Cut out the antler following the lines of the pencil. Be sure to cut out each point carefully.
Use the first antler as a template and trace it exactly on the same dark brown paper. Cut out second antler
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.
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.
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.
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.
© 2020 Jason Nicolosi