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3-D Baby Elephant Wall Sculpture Pattern


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.

Download the pattern now for just $7.00:

Check out safely with PayPal. The downloadable PDF includes the pattern pieces and all the instructions you need to make your own wall sculpture.

The details:

Baby African Elephant wall art

Baby African Elephant

  • 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.


A page from the instructions that come with the baby elephant pattern.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)
  • Scissors
  • 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!

$7.00. Click the Button Below for Instant Access to your 3-D Baby Elephant Pattern. Download the pattern, print it on your computer, and start making your sculpture today.


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  • Hi I wanted to know if there was a way to put tusks on the elephant? Also , would it be possible to put them on without changing the template?

    • Hi Baza. I didn’t add the tusks because she’s so young that the tusks wouldn’t be showing yet. If you want to make her older, it should be possible to add the tusks. Look closely at several photos of African elephants and note the way the shape of the tusks can be seen under the skin. Then look at your elephant pattern after it’s been taped together, and not the bulge on her trunk just above her mouth. That’s where the trunk would go. I would sculpt the tusks out of aluminum foil, to keep them light. And You’d probably want to make them long enough so the top part that’s under the skin can be pushed in through the hole and firmly attached to the inside of the pattern. Once that’s done you can continue with the project, and it should turn out really nice. In fact, I hope you’ll show us your tusked elephant when it’s done!

  • helleo Jonny, I want to order the elephant mask, but I am directly sent to Paypal, on an email account that I can’t reach after. Can you send it to a different email address ?
    Thank you in advance for your answer.
    Excuse my english, I am french…

    • Hello, Mimi. I have no control at all over PayPal. When I click the button I’m asked to sign in to PayPal, and I need to type in my real email address. If you’re already signed in under the wrong address, you’ll need to sign out again. If you signed up a long time ago and you no longer have access to that email, you’ll need to go into your account and change it. Sorry I can’t do any of that for you.

  • Hi Jonni, love your work. was just wondering whether it was possible to get templates that are slightly smaller in size? Id love to make a miniature version of this elephant. loosely the size of hand. Thanks!

    • Hi Amanda. You can make the elephant any size you want. The pieces will be a little more tricky to cut out and tape together, but if you’re patient it will work. Most printers will let you set the size by a percent of the original. If your printer won’t do that, you can take it to a local print shop and ask them to do it for you.

      Will you be using your elephant for a puppet?

    • Heather, are you trying to upload a photo of your elephant? I really want to see it, but the system didn’t take it. Your image is probably too big. You can use the free online tool here to make it smaller. I hope you’ll try again – what a great present for a new parent.

    • There’s a flat piece of cardboard on the back. You can just put a hole in the cardboard and hang it on a nail. This one is pretty big, but if you can find a wooden plaque that’s big enough, you can attach the head to the wood and use a metal hanger on the back. I use hot glue to attach my smaller faux trophy mounts to a wooden plaque, but I think you’d need to use epoxy glue for something this large. (It looks nice without the plaque – that’s how I display mine.)

    • I’m not actually sure – all transactions take place through PayPal. I just went to Google to ask if PayPal would accept INR, and several articles said no, but others say you can use an Indian debit card with PayPal if it’s from certain banks. I have to be honest and say I really don’t know the answer to your question, because I am not familiar with PayPal’s policy in this regard. I’m sorry I’m not being very helpful.

    • I’m not quite sure what you mean. If you click on the PayPal button near the top of the post, you can pay for the pattern. It will be available for download as soon as your purchase is complete, and you’ll also receive an email with download instructions. Is this what you were asking?

  • Hi Jonni, just wanted to say thank you for the detailed instructions and video for this elephant. I made it for Christmas for my 3 year old daughter Olive and she loves it. Thanks again!

  • Hello!

    I just had a quick question and i may have missed it if someone had already asked it but would this be big enough to fit over someone’s head? I plan on making a elephant head to wear kind of as a mask for some photos i’m thinking about taking.


  • Beautiful elephant. I have questions about this method. I’m used to use 3d patterns and usually uses car putty for my finishing touch but what I found interesting is that your paper mache cay is really really sturdy almost as much as the fiberglass resin overall.

    But does the paper mache clay really stick to the Peel N Stick sheets? I could use this for a method to harden my 3d patterns without them to wrap. I have plenty of Peel N Stick from dollar store here.

    One plus is that when it’s completely dry, the clay is not that really heavy if layered smoothly inside the structure by hands.

    • Interesting questions. The paper mache clay can be peeled off of plastic, so no – it doesn’t really bond to it. It bonds to paper, so you could leave the plastic off the side of the pattern that the clay will be applied to. However, since all the items I make are rounded, and the pm clay goes on the outside, the paper mache clay doesn’t need the paper underneath for support so this has never been an issue for me. The pattern stays inside, where it belongs, and the wall sculptures are very hard and strong. It might be possible to pry the paper away from the dried pm clay, but I’ve never had any cause to try doing that.

      If you put the pm clay on the inside, what do you put on the outside?

      • Some plastic clay is meant to be used outside. One friend of mine that were working in an art shop like Omer Deserre suggested it to me because when dryed, it’s almost plastic and the cost is not that high overall, cam be sanded and painted very well and is lightweight. Il already use you paper mache clay to harden a part that is meant to be wearable. This is why I know it’s really strong because it can stand car Bondo filler sandin onto it. But winter is coming here and I can’t work anymore outside so I’m searching for alternatives.

  • I am writing from switzerland. I never made a paper mache object. Is it possible to make this elephant?
    The pattern is the head or it’s the elephant with the body, it is how big and how much are the shipping costs for the Swiss.
    Thank you for your reply and best regards, Regina

  • Hi Jonni,
    I love your work with papier machè and would like to make a baby elephant for my school sustainability project. I’m wondering if you think it would be possible for me to use the African elephant head with the Indian elephant body? Would it work if I combined the two template designs to make a baby African elephant?
    Thank you for the excellent tutorials; I’m really looking forward to getting started!

    • Hi Chimene. I didn’t size the elephant head pattern specifically to match the pattern of the baby Indian elephant, but the body pattern could be made smaller or larger, just by changing the size of the grid you use to draw it on your pattern material. The shape of a baby Indian elephant’s body is slightly different than the shape of an African elephant’s body, but you could easily change the pattern by looking at photos, if you wanted to. The differences are slight.

      The patterns for the two different projects are very different. The head pattern creates a hollow shape with all the basic rounded forms already created, once the pattern has been taped together. The baby elephant’s body pattern is flat, and simply shows the outline of the body and leg shapes. You add crumpled paper to fill out the rounded shapes. It would be interesting to see how the two types of patterns work together. If you try this, I do hope you’ll let us see how it turns out.

      • Thank you so much for your quick reply, Jonni! I will try that and make the adjustments with the body size once I have made the head. I will definitely keep you posted with my progress; the sustainability project is due at the end of my school term in three weeks time so I will be very busy. My teacher is just as excited about this project as I am.
        Thank you.

  • I’ve never done paper mache before, but I’d really like to try doing this. I LOVE elephants! I just need to make sure I can get the supplies first. I don’t know what stock cards are. What size do they have to be? Can you use them in a printer that only has black ink? I apologize if these questions seem stupid I tried looking it up but there was a bunch of options on sizes to get.

    • Hi Stefanie. The paper I used is standard letter size, 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches. It is the heavy card stock that is sold in the office supply section of Walmart. It comes in a ream and is right next to the copy paper. Black ink is just fine.

      • Hey Jonni, thanks so much for getting back to me. As soon as I get the stuff I can buy the dl and start on my elephant. 😀

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