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This baby elephant wall sculpture takes some patience to build, but if you go slowly and follow the detailed instructions that are included with the pattern, it’s surprisingly easy to make. The pattern creates all the realistic shapes for you – even that delightful smile!
She’s 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.
How to put your elephant pattern together:
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 “Recipes” link at the top of the page.)
The final skin is made with paper towels. That’s how you can get those nice wrinkles around her ears and eyes. If you want to go crazy with it, you can then use the crackle glaze, like I did in the video below. 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.
Watch the video below to see how to create realistic ‘skin’ for your paper mache elephant sculpture.
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 keeps the cardstock from getting wet when you add your paper mache.
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