Eagle & American Flag SVG 🦅 Patriotic Cricut Project
Looking for a patriotic Cricut project to make in time for the Fourth of July?
This bald eagle and American flag papercraft is sure to impress!
I created this to match with the Statue of Liberty design from last year. They would look great displayed together for your Independence Day celebrations.
See how to stick all the layers together (and the order they go in!) in this tutorial.
Video tutorial for American Flag and eagle SVG
Watch the video below to see how to make this craft project. Keep scrolling for a written tutorial.
Layered eagle papercraft materials
Here is a list of the materials that I used to make this project.
Please note that some of the links included in this article are affiliate links, which means that if you click through and make a purchase I may receive a commission (at no additional cost to you). You can read my full disclosure at the bottom of the page.
- Cricut Machine
- Light blue Cricut cutting mat
- Coloured Card (I used 160-240gsm weight of card)
- Collall All Purpose Glue
- Needle Tip Applicator Bottle
- 3D foam pads
Layered USA patriotic SVG assembly instructions
Here’s how to make your very own USA flag using a Cricut machine!
Step 1) Download the free file & unzip the downloaded folder
Download the Free Cutting File
Please login to your account to download this file.
Don't have an account? Register for free
Before you upload the SVG to Design Space, you need to unzip the download folder that it comes in.
- How to unzip a folder on Windows computer
- How to unzip a folder on a Mac
- How to unzip a folder on an iPad/iPhone
- How to unzip a folder on an Android device
Step 2) Upload the SVG file into Design Space
Open up Cricut Design Space and upload the file called svg-4th-july-eagle-craftwithsarah.svg
Make sure you upload the file which starts svg- in the filename!!
This is how it should look after you have uploaded the file:
After uploading, the design will show in your “Recently Uploaded Images”. Click on it and then press “Add to Canvas” to put it onto your Project.
Click the design on your canvas and use the width/height boxes near the top of the screen to make it the size that you want to cut it.
I made mine 7.5 inches wide, which is 7.289 inches tall.
I don’t recommend going smaller than about 4 inches in width as some of the pieces might get difficult to cut and stick at that size.
When you’re happy how the SVG is looking in Design Space, click “Make It” and follow the instructions on-screen to cut out all the layers.
Change the paper size with the dropdowns on the left of the screen. You need to change it for every colour.
You can drag-and-drop the pieces on the screen to move them about to take up less space on your cardstock.
Step 3) Stick the eagle craft together
Use 3D foam pads and glue to stick the layers together.
Use this guide to see the order to stick the layers together in. A high quality printable version of this assembly guide is included in the folder when you download this SVG.
My favourite glue to use on papercraft projects is Collall All Purpose Glue.
It’s SO good because it doesn’t “warp” or bend the cardstock like some glues do. You can use as much of it as you want and the card stays perfect – and it dries perfectly clear too!
To make it even easier to apply glue to layered card projects, I highly recommend getting some of these needle tip applicator bottles to put the glue into.
The nozzles are REALLY tiny which makes them perfect for putting glue in the pieces of cardstock that make up this project.
For this project, I decided to try out a new glue to see how that compared to the Collall. This is Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive from Tonic Studios.
I like that it comes in a thin-tipped bottle so there is no need to put it into a separate needle-tip applicator bottle, however I did find that it started to warp the card a little bit if I added too much.
The best benefit of this glue over the Collall is that the Tonic Studios glue doesn’t smell as it’s not a solvent glue. Collall glue is a solvent glue, so it does give off a bit of a whiff!
When adding the foam pads to the relevant layers, make sure you add some in the middle of the pieces of card so it give stability to the middles. If you don’t add any foam pads in the middles then it can “sag” under the weight of the other layers which doesn’t look as good.
Step 4) Finish your layered eagle papercraft project
The final step is to finish off the design, perhaps by adding it into a shadow box frame, placing it on a greetings card or even adding a magnetic strip on the back to make a fun fridge decoration for the Fourth of July.
Love layered SVGs? Check out my other free layered SVG files