Step 1: Getting the Right Paper
To begin lets make the basic folds first, fold the paper in halfs both diagnol and horizontal, vertical.
Step 2: Collapsing the Folds
This creates a square with inside flaps. Have the opening facing you exacty like its shown in the pictures.
Step 3: Making the Bird Base
First take one corner from the flaps and fold each one to the center forming a 'kite' shape on both sides. Then, take the kite's top and fold it down creating a triangle shape, this will ensure that the next step will be easier. FLIP OVER.
Step 4: Petal Fold
Step 5: Star Shape
Congrats you completed the bird base! This base has 3 layers, take the first layer opening it up and you will find 2 seperated segments. These will be the legs. Fold both of them diagonol to the center of the piece. Then reverse fold both crevices, opening them up and firmly pressing and creasing to create a star shape. You should have a 4 pointed star, if not you messed up, FIX IT THEN MOVE ON! :D
Step 6: Creating the Front Legs
Step 7: Time for a Body
Step 8: Making the Hind Legs
Take the point of the elephant that does not have the ears, and invert fold downwards pressing firmly.
Now take that long point and do another inverted fold matching the length of the front legs.
Open up the leg flap and just like making the front legs, make them smaller by centering the folds to its middle point. DONE!
Good? Continue! Lost? Look at the Pics!
Step 9: The Little Tail!
THIS STEP IS COMPLETELY OPTIONAL, CAUSE IT IS A PAIN IN THE @$$ BUT IF YOUR UP TO IT GIVE IT A SHOT!
To give your elephant a tail, reverse fold the paper sticking inside the two previous flaps and move it to stick out from the hind legs thus creating a tail. SKIP? go ahead more power to ya.
Step 10: Putting on the Trunk
Inverse fold on the last tip not folded. Open it up.
Repeat what you did in the beginning, but diagonally fold the sides to the center to have the focus of the trunk getting smaller as it reaches the end of its snout! (diamond-really skinny) Fold back together and next step is customizing its trunk.
Step 11: Customizing Your Elephant
DONT FORGET THE EYES!