This Baby African Elephant Wall Sculpture will take some time and patience to make, but it isn’t as hard as it looks. The 3-D papercraft pattern creates all the shapes for you. Just download the pattern, print it on card stock, tape it together, and cover it with paper mache.
All the instructions are included with the pattern. You can see how I added the skin and wrinkles to my elephant in the video below. Of course, you can finish your baby elephant any way you like.
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- Finished size: About 19.5 inches (496 mm) high, 22.25 inches (566 mm) wide and 9 inches (231 mm) deep.
- Total number of pattern pieces: 71.
- The PDF has 14 pattern pages (about half of them for those crazy big ears), and I also included an additional 12 pages of illustrated instructions.
That seems like a lot of pattern pieces, and yes – it will take time to tape them together – but the pieces are quiet large, and they’re all numbered, so it won’t take as long as you might think.
I covered my elephant with paper mache clay (you can find my recipe in the Art Library on this site). The paper mache clay goes on like frosting, so it’s much faster than paper strips and paste. However, you don’t have to use the paper mache clay if you don’t want to – paper strips and paste will work just fine.
I also added wrinkles with one last layer of single-ply paper towels. They give the elephant a realistic skin. You can see how the clay was applied and the wrinkles were added in the video at the top of this post.
To make this paper mache baby elephant sculpture you will need:
- The pattern
- 14 pieces of 110# card stock (I buy mine at Walmart, in the office supply section
- A printer, (or take your pattern to your local copy store, and ask them to print it on card stock)
- Clear plastic tape (like Scotch tape), or Peel N’ Stick Clear Laminate Adhesive Shelf Liner
- 1 ½” Styrofoam balls for the eyes
- Glue gun, to attach the eyes
- Masking tape
- Aluminum foil, shredded paper or foam packing peanuts for stuffing inside the pattern to support it.
The foam peanuts are my preference, but the other options will also work.
- Paper Mache (use paper strips and paste, or paper mache clay.
- Paper towels if you want wrinkles
- Gesso (home-made, which you can find in the Art Library, or you can use acrylic gesso from the art store
- Acrylic paint and gel medium (optional) for the eyes. I also used a spray can of gray primer and two tiny pieces of black paper for the pupils. These items are also optional. Go ahead and finish your elephant any way you like.
- Matte acrylic varnish
And if you do make one, please come back and show it off. I’d love to see how your baby elephant turns out!
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