I'm a caregiver and an artist. I received high honors in creative writing, fine arts, and sculpture at Montserrat College of Art.
Craft With Letters (And Animals!)
The falcon flies proudly through the air as he swoops down to catch his tasty dinner. What a fun and easy craft for all to enjoy. Some fun facts about the falcon will promote learning about both the bird and the letter “F.” Falcons have incredible eyesight and hunt for their food from the sky. When they spot their prey, they swoop down through the air to catch it.
Materials and Supplies
The supplies you will need to create the falcon craft are:
- Construction paper in black, white, brown, dark brown, light brown
- Black marker (fine point)
Step 1: Create the Letter “F”
On brown construction paper, draw out the letter “F” with a pencil. Use a pencil when drawing out the letter so that mistakes can easily be erased. Make sure that the top line of the letter “F” is slightly longer than the middle line. Trace the pencil with the fine point black marker so that the letter “F” can easily be seen.
Using scissors cut along the black lines to create the letter “F”.
Your “F” is complete and ready to become a soaring falcon. Ready for Step 2!
Step 2: Draw the Falcon’s Wing
Use the dark brown construction paper to draw the wing of the falcon. The wing should be approximately 1” longer than the letter. It will be pointed on each side and fatter in the center. Trace the pencil with a black marker so that the wing can easily be seen.
Cut out the wing following the black lines.
This falcon is ready to fly. He will soar through the mountain tops with his wings spread high. Shake your tail feathers as we begin step 3.
Step 3: Draw the Tail Feathers
You will be creating two different tail feathers for the falcon. Use both the dark brown and light brown to create the tail.
First, begin with the dark brown construction paper and draw the first tail feather approximately 8” long using a pencil. Draw the tail so that it’s pointed on one side and flat on the other. Make sure the middle is fatter than both sides. I made one side of the tail feather flat so it sits nicely underneath the letter “F”. Use the black marker to outline the pencil for easier viewing.
Cut the tail feather with scissors following the black lines. You should have a feather about 8” long on dark brown when completed.
The second tail feather will be created the same way but using light brown paper. Simply follow the instructions above to create the second tail feather. Another option is to use the first tail feather as a template and trace it onto the light brown paper.
Cut out the second tail feather following the lines closely. Your second tail feather should be about 8” long on light brown paper when it is complete.
Talons are the claws that a falcon has many uses for. They use them to perch and catch their prey. Watch out their talons are sharp. Let's create them in the next step 4.
Step 4: Draw the Talons
Draw the talons using light brown construction paper. Using a pencil draw the first claw with three pointed fingers so that it will create the claws at each end of the finger. Trace the talon with a black marker.
Cut out the first talon created following the black lines on the paper. After it is completely cut out take the black marker and fill in the tips of the three fingers to create the claws.
Create the second talon by following the same directions above or by using the first talon as a template. Simply trace the first talon to create the second talon.
Cut out the second talon with scissors carefully leaving the points at the end of each finger. After the second talon is cut out take the black marker and fill in the tips of the three fingers to create the claws.
The Falcon needs a beak to tear its food apart and then to eat it. Get ready for step 5.
Step 5: Create the Beak
To create the beak using a sheet of brown paper. The same brown used to create the letter “F”. The back of the beak should be the same size as the top arm of the letter “F”. Curve the beak to a downward point. Use a pencil so that mistakes can be easily erased. Once your beak is drawn out, trace it with the black marker.
Cut out the falcon’s beak following the black lines closely. Make sure to leave a point at the tip of the beak. When the beak is completely cut out, take the black marker and fill in the tip of the beak.
Step 6: Create the Eye
To create the eye both white and black construction paper will be used. First, draw out the white part of the eye. Draw an oval shape approximately 1 ½” long. After drawing the shape with a pencil, trace it with a black marker to make it stand out.
Cut the eyeball with scissors. Be careful to leave the black marker on the eye so that it will pop.
Next create the second part of the eye, the pupil. Draw the pupil to just fit inside the eyeball and slightly shorter. It will be about 1” long. Do not trace with a black marker as a pencil is easily seen on black construction paper.
Cut out the pupil of the eye carefully following the pencil. When finished it should lay perfectly inside the white part of the eye.
Step 7: Assembling "F" Is for Falcon
Assemble the Falcon. Place the letter “F” down and glue all pieces in place as seen in the photo.
*Note before gluing: If creating more than one Falcon for multiple kids, just use you're already finished cut out pieces as templates. The letter “F”, wing, feathers, talons and other parts can easily be duplicated. Create as many pieces as needed, then cut them out. A quick way to do this is to stack a few pieces of paper and cut more than one out at a time. This will save you lots of time!
Congratulations on finishing your Falcon. This majestic Falcon is ready to spread it's mighty wings and fly.
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
Jason Nicolosi (author) from AZ on May 26, 2020:
Hi Nithya, thank you for the comment. I appreciate it. Stay safe and healthy.
Jason Nicolosi (author) from AZ on May 26, 2020:
Thanks for the comment, Alyssa. I really appreciate it. My family and I are doing great. I hope that you and your family are doing great too.
Nithya Venkat from Dubai on May 25, 2020:
This is a great alphabet paper craft project for kids. The instructions are easy to follow with photographs. All the Kids will enjoy doing this. The falcon looks great.
Alyssa from Ohio on May 24, 2020:
This is such a cute craft! I love your letter animal series! I hope you and your family are well.
Jason Nicolosi (author) from AZ on May 23, 2020:
Thanks Brenda. I appreciate the comment. Stay safe.
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 22, 2020:
Wow! You explain this in such easy detail. I am impressed with your skill and patience.
This is a great time to give ideas for a project like this one.
Thanks for sharing.
Jason Nicolosi (author) from AZ on May 13, 2020:
Thank you Bill, I really enjoy creating crafts. More so, I enjoy the kids reactions when they create their own. They are actually pretty simple and fun to do.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 13, 2020:
Well aren't you a crafty person? I taught middle school for a reason: these craft projects for younger kids leave me in a cold sweat and a panic attack. lol But you do them so well. Bravo!
Jason Nicolosi (author) from AZ on April 01, 2020:
Thank you so much Lora for your comment. I am so happy to hear you will be sharing my alphabet crafts with another teacher. It brings me joy thinking other kids could enjoy crafting their own work of art that I initially created for them. During this time of school closures I, myself have been conducting on line school with some of my kids that I work with. I plan on performing a session with the help of the parents to craft more letters online. Its such a fun and enjoyable learning experience they always seem to enjoy.
Stay safe and healthy.
Lora Hollings on March 31, 2020:
What a creative person you are Jason! I bet your an outstanding teacher as well. I just love the falcon. During this time when schools are closed, this is such a good activity to keep children engaged in both a constructive but very fun project. I have a friend who teaches first grade. I'm going to share all of your wonderful alphabet crafts with her. I'm sure her students will just love them.
Take Care and stay well.
Jason Nicolosi (author) from AZ on March 31, 2020:
I know what you mean Denise, time sure does fly by. Enjoy every moment you can. I know how quickly they grow up. Spending time crafting with them is always an enjoyable and memorable experience. Thank you.
Jason Nicolosi (author) from AZ on March 31, 2020:
Fam, thank you so much for such a wonderful comment. I like to find ways to capture kids interest for a fun learning experience. Its also amazing to see how proud they are to see the finished product.
Denise McGill from Fresno CA on March 31, 2020:
Exceptional. I loved it. When my children were little they would have loved this. Unfortunately, they are all in their 40's (gasp... how did I get so old) and now I think the grandkids would love it.
Fam on March 31, 2020:
An amazing craft for the kids to get them engaged. I greatly admire your talent Jason. It's definitely a recreational activity for the children to make crafts with the alphabets.
Jason Nicolosi (author) from AZ on March 30, 2020:
Thanks Ruby, I really enjoy art and working with children. I am a big believer in learning through fun. I feel if children enjoy the materials then they obtain the information much better.
Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 30, 2020:
Jason, you are a gifted artist/teacher. Your display was interesting to watch and the outcome was a perfect falcon. Thanks for sharing.
Jason Nicolosi (author) from AZ on March 29, 2020:
Thank you Lorna. I really enjoy coming up with unique artistic and yet educational ideas. Its a lot of fun for children to create while they learn. I always feel that the best learning is while having fun when doing it.
Lorna Lamon on March 29, 2020:
A fun way to keep the kids entertained and educational as well. The steps are easy to follow and I am amazed by the result. A wonderful article Jason and what a talented artist you are. Take care and keep well.