This was one of my very first videos – but it continues to be one of the most popular both on my YouTube channel, and here on my blog.
Even though this sculpture is big and I used a power saw to make the armature, Elsie was not difficult to make. It isn’t a complicated sculpture, just a big one. She was one of the first sculptures I ever made with an internal pattern, and now I almost never make a sculpture without one.
In fact, she was part of the inspiration that eventually led to the creation of my book – How to Make Animal Sculptures with Paper Mache Clay.
Download the pattern now for just $2.99:
Check out safely with PayPal. Use the pattern along with the video on this site to make your own baby elephant. The pattern also includes notes about the changes I might make if I made this sculpture again.
If you make a paper mache elephant of your own, I hope you’ll come back to the blog and show it off in the comments below. I would love to see how it turns out. To see just a few of the baby elephants that have been made by people with my pattern, click here. There are now baby elephants (and a few life-sized adult elephants, too!) keeping people company all over the world. I hope you’ll let me post your new baby elephant on that page, too. And to see how much fun a mother and son had when making their own baby elephant, click here.