Life-Sized Paper Mache Baby Indian Elephant Pattern
This pattern has been used by hundreds of people to create their own paper mache baby elephants.
This project takes time and patience to complete, but don’t let the size scare you. It’s actually a fairly easy project. In fact, this was one of the first sculptures I ever made with an internal pattern, and now I almost never make a sculpture without one. The pattern makes sculpting so much easier!
The finished size of the paper mache sculpture shown above is 29″ high and 36″ long from trunk to tail, (but you can change the size easily to make your own elephant bigger or smaller.)
Watch the video below to see how to make your elephant sculpture.
I copied the pattern onto sheet of plywood, as you’ll see in the video, but if I made this elephant today I’d use a piece of cardboard from a large appliance carton instead. Cardboard is much lighter than wood.
To make this elephant sculpture you’ll need:
- A large sheet of heavy cardboard or a scrap of thin plywood.
- Lots of recycled newspaper to fill the inside
- Masking tape.
- Aluminum mesh wire for the ears
- Flour and water paste
- More newspaper for the paper mache
- Paper towels for the final skin
- Acrylic or latex paint
- Acrylic varnish
Use either paper strips and paste or paper mache clay –
I didn’t invent my paper mache clay recipe until after I made this elephant. Since the paper mache clay goes on faster than paper strips and paste, I’d use the paper mache clay if I made another life-sized elephant. However, I’d still use the final layer of paper towels to get that realistic elephant-skin look.
Note: Keep your baby elephant inside –
When I made my own elephant sculpture I thought a few coats of marine varnish would protect her from the elements. That’s why I took some photos of her out in the garden. I changed my mind after I did some experiments. Marine (spar) varnish doesn’t prevent rain and sun from destroying a paper mache sculpture, so be sure to keep your baby elephant inside.
You might also like these patterns for paper mache sculptures:
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