Paper Roll & Handprint Bald Eagle Craft

Bald Eagle Craft
Painting the TP Roll

Happy Mothers Day! You’d think I’d get to take the day off of crafting, but little Lore was hearing nothing of it. I was able to put her off until around 2pm. At that point, she was getting supplies together herself. We usually keep crafting to the weekdays, but M got to see firsthand how craft-crazy Lore has gotten lately. I’ve mentioned her “list” that she made a couple of times now… It is written on a Verizon Wireless envelope and she has been constantly asking me not to forget to make the printables. (Yes, she says ‘printables’ and it’s darn cute!) I decided to switch it up today with the eagle, but there will be a printable one tomorrow as well. Stay tuned!

Here are the directions. It’s really simple but I’ll be thorough. =)


  • 1 – Paper Roll
  • Paint: Brown, White, Orange (or Yellow)
  • Paintbrushes
  • 1 Sheet of Construction Paper (white)
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Googly Eyes
  • Glue


  1. Trace your child’s hand on the white construction paper. Free-hand two feet (with talons), tail feathers and a beak. See the example picture at the top for an idea of how they should look. (Sorry, I didn’t get a pic of the tail feathers but they aren’t hard to do!)
  2. Have your child paint the handprints (wings) brown. Allow to dry. Flip the page over and have them paint the back side of the hands (the marker should show through some). If you leave the back white, it will show when you glue the wings to the paper roll. If you don’t want to do this, use brown construction paper if you can find some. I’ve never had brown, but it might just be the brand I buy.
  3. Have your child paint the beak and feet. Allow to dry.
  4. While those are drying, draw a line around the paper roll as shown in the example pic above. You’ll want it to be about 3/4ths of the way up the roll.
  5. Have your child paint the top part white and the bottom brown. Allow to dry.
  6. Cut out all of the parts from the construction paper – wings (hands), beak, feet, tail feathers.
  7. Glue everything down onto the paper roll. Do a “dry” run before you glue the wings so you know how to glue them. Don’t worry about them sticking out straight from the sides yet – the glue will have to be dry before you can bend them out.
  8. Allow to dry, then bend the wings a little so they stick outwards (instead of towards the back).
  9. Voila, you have yourself a bald eagle!!
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  1. This would also make a cute Turkey for the Thanksgiving table. Nice kid’s craft.

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