Baby Elephant Wall Sculpture Pattern
Watch your visitors’ faces when they see this paper mache elephant “faux trophy mount” on your wall.
They’ll fall in love with her – and they’ll be amazed when you tell them you made it yourself. (You don’t have to tell them it was easy because the pattern created all the shapes for you!)
This happy baby elephant is too young for tusks, but she’s still pretty darned big! Finished size: about 19.5 inches (496 mm) high, 22.25 inches (566 mm) wide and 9 inches (231 mm) deep.
This is a papercraft pattern (PDF). After you print the pattern on card stock and tape it together you’ll have a three-dimensional baby elephant sculpture that’s ready for her final coat of paper mache. Full instructions included with the pattern.
Watch the video below to see how to make your paper mache elephant sculpture.
As you can see in the video, you can use Jonni’s paper mache clay recipe for your elephant. It goes on so much faster than paper strips and paste, but traditional paper mache will work, too. (You can find the recipe for paper mache clay in the Art Library. The link is at the top of the page.)
The final skin is made with one-ply paper towels. That’s how you can get those nice wrinkles around her ears and eyes. Clear fingernail polish will make your elephant’s eyes bright and sparkly.
There are quite a few pieces in this pattern, but if you take your time and follow the instructions on the pattern and in the video you’ll end up with a beautiful wall sculpture. It’s sure to impress anyone who sees it.
To make this paper mache wall sculpture you will need:
- 14 pieces of 110# card stock
- A printer
- Clear plastic tape (like Scotch tape)
- Peel N’ Stick Clear Laminate Adhesive Shelf Liner*
- 1 ½” Styrofoam balls for the eyes
- Glue gun, to attach the eyes
- Masking tape (both narrow and wide)
- 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. Recipes can be found on my website. Just click on the Paper Mache Art Library at the top of the site.
- Paper towels
- Gesso (home-made recipe can be found on my website. Or you can use acrylic gesso from the art store.
- Acrylic paint and gel medium 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 optional.
- Matte acrylic varnish
*You can find this in the housewares department of Walmart, or order it online. Or just use clear tape. It’s to keep the cardstock from getting wet when you add your paper mache.
You may also like these other patterns for paper mache:
To see even more patterns for sculptures and masks, click here.
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