Karen Lanchester sent me this video of herself and her five-year old son making this adorable paper mache elephant.
Karen doesn’t have a YouTube channel, so she gave me permission to upload the video to my channel and to post it here on the blog, too. Thanks, Karen! It’s obvious from the photos in the video that her son had a lot of fun with this project, and he was a real help to his mom.
If you’d like to make a baby elephant yourself, you can find my original video and pattern here.
When you watch the video, you’ll notice that Karen and her son had some ideas that made the project go faster, and it made the finished paper mache elephant a lot lighter, too. Here’s how Karen introduced us to their project when she first posted a photo on the Daily Sculptors Page:
My 5 year old son and I made the elephant for School Pet Day here in NZ as our dog was in no way keen to attend such an event!
We used Jonni’s method however we taped thin plastic (in sheet form) onto the wooden frame and then stuffed it full of the scrunched up paper, it made it easier in my opinion to form the elephant and help hold the paper to tape it on.
We made the ears out of mesh with extra length to give a tab that we then screwed directly into the wooden frame. This made the ears very very strong.
We did four layers of paper mache, which was incredibly long process and then we used the paper clay recipe without linseed oil and covered the elephant entirely, then another layer where necessary to form his wrinkles. We sprayed him completely with a black aerosol can of paint then brushed on the grey allowing the black to come thru in the wrinkles where we wanted it.
Such a fun project to do with my little guy, and, well nobody has ever taken a baby elephant to school pet day before!
By the way, Karen said her son wants to make a life-sized black and white cow next, to graze on their lawn. Fiberglass will make it waterproof (Dad has the equipment for that part of the project). Karen will show us how they did it, once the cow is done. I’m really looking forward to it!