Make Your Own Eiffel Tower- 3D Kids Craft

The Eiffel Tower is one of the most iconic symbols of France. And now your child can make their own standing model with this easy 3D Eiffel Tower craft for kids!

All you have to do is print out the free template (download below), decorate it according to your preference, and then cut it out and glue it together.

Et voila! Your very own Eiffel Tower.

Since we studied France in our France preschool unit, my three-and-a-half-year-old can now identify this famous landmark whenever he sees it in books or on TV. “Mommy, it’s the Eiffel Tower!” Super cute.

Follow the simple steps below to create your own 3D Eiffel Tower!

At the bottom of this page you’ll also find some interesting facts about the Eiffel Tower that you can discuss as you make your craft to learn more about this famous building.

Eiffel Tower Craft for Kids

Materials:

Materials to make the Eiffel Tower 3D Craft

Instructions:

To start, print out the Eiffel Tower 3D Craft printable (available for download below). Be sure to print it on cardstock paper so that it’s strong enough to stand up when it’s completed.

If you’re coloring your Eiffel Tower with crayons or colored pencil, now is the time to do that. If you’re painting, it’s better to wait until it’s assembled so that the folding doesn’t peel the paint.

Next, cut out the outline of the Eiffel Towers. For a more finished look, cut out the small window in the middle of each tower as well. This isn’t required, but it is a nice effect in the final product.

The printable cut out

Fold along the dotted lines, in on the grey dotted lines, and out on the black dotted lines. The paper will fold like an accordion, each edge lining up with the next dotted line.

Folding the Eiffel Tower printable

Next, glue each fold of the tower firmly together. I recommend using either craft glue, like Elmer’s Glue-All, or Rubber Cement for this so that the pages seal together securely.

Gluing the printable together

Cut out the extra white pieces along the perimeter of the tower.

Cutting off the extra white edges on the Eiffel Tower printable

Finally, paint the tower in the colors of your choosing!

Painting the Eiffel Tower

We went with red, white, and blue in honor of the French flag, but you can also go with the more traditional brown.

Completed Eiffel Tower craft

My son was quite tickled with the idea of having his very own Eiffel Tower! And he loved that it could stand up on its own.

Completed Eiffel Tower crafts

Facts about the Eiffel Tower

Here are some interesting facts about the Eiffel Tower to discuss as you make your craft!

  • The Eiffel Tower is located in Paris, France and is one of the most famous landmarks in the world.
  • Standing at 324 meters (1,063 feet) tall, the Eiffel Tower was the tallest man-made structure when it was completed in 1889.
  • The tower was designed by Gustave Eiffel, a French engineer whose name is now synonymous with the tower.
  • Originally, the Eiffel Tower was intended to be a temporary structure for the 1889 World’s Fair, but it became so popular that it was left standing.
  • The Eiffel Tower has been painted various colors over the years. It was initially reddish-brown, then ochre, and now it’s painted in a shade known as “Eiffel Tower Brown.”
  • The tower can sway slightly in the wind, but its design makes it flexible and resistant to strong gusts.
  • At night, the Eiffel Tower sparkles with thousands of twinkling lights, creating a magical sight that captivates visitors.
  • In addition to elevators, there are also stairs that adventurous visitors can climb. There are 1,665 steps to reach the top!
  • Due to temperature changes, the iron structure of the tower expands and contracts, causing it to grow and shrink by up to 6 inches (15 centimeters).

Other France Activities for Kids

For more France activities for kids, take at these other posts:

  • France Matching Game– Learn about important symbols of France with this free France matching game printable!
  • City Skyline Watercolor Painting– Make your own Paris city skyline with our free skyline printables and some watercolor creativity from your child!

Other Cultural Preschool Activities

If you want more cultural preschool activities, check out our preschool units for other countries:

Eiffel Tower 3D Craft

Eiffel Tower 3D Craft

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Drying Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

This 3D Eiffel Tower is a fun and easy craft for kids to make!

Materials

  • Eiffel Tower 3D Craft printable (available for download below)
  • Cardstock paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue (recommended: Elmer's Multi-Purpose Glue or rubber cement)
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Colored pencils/crayons (optional)

Instructions

  1. Print out the Eiffel Tower 3D Craft printable (download below) on cardstock paper.
  2. Cut out the outline of the Eiffel Tower.
  3. Fold along the dotted lines- in on the grey dotted lines, and out on the black dotted lines.
  4. Glue each fold of the tower firmly together.
  5. Let the glue dry.
  6. Cut out the extra white pieces along the perimeter of the tower.
  7. Paint and decorate the tower in the colors of your choosing.

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6 thoughts on “Make Your Own Eiffel Tower- 3D Kids Craft”

      1. Hi,
        I was hoping to get the template but am not seeing where I can download it. We are going to use it for our Holidays around the World celebration.
        Thanks so much!!

        1. Hi Linda,

          Your holidays around the world celebration sounds amazing! The Eiffel Tower printable is available for download at the bottom of the post. There’s a gray box that says “Free Eiffel Tower printable”. Please let me know if you’re still having trouble!

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