Hello Everyone!

Each summer I take on a new project, and this year, it's designing my own paper craft models. I have been making papercraft models for about two years now, but I have never designed my own. However, after acquiring some knowledge about creating my own 3D Models and using Pepakura (and a little help from this by member: krummrey), I was able to design my first papercraft: an elephant head!

The elephant is a very elegant and majestic creature, despite of its massive size. This beautiful paper craft of the largest living land mammal is a great addition to anyone's room. The elephant is around 23 inches long from head to trunk (when printed on letter sized paper). However, if you would like to make your elephant bigger (or smaller), I have attached the original Pepakura file. To change the size, you'll have to install Pepakura. Then, open my file and go to:

2D Menu > Change Scale > Scale Factor... > and change the height to however long you want

From there, you'll have to re-position the parts to fit the pages.

But for those who don't want to change the size, download the attached PDF!

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO CANNOT DOWNLOAD THE FILES: I recently launched my website, www.verticees.com to the public. If for some reason you do not see the files on the Instructable, please visit my website and download the PDFs you need from there. The site may have some bugs, but I am working to fix them right now. I appreciate your understanding.

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Verticees (author) 8 months ago

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It has recently come to my attention that several members are not able to download the files necessary for making this model. Apparently, only Pro members are able to download files now. Whether this is true or not, I have just launched my website: www.verticees.com. If you are unable to view or download the attachments in this Instructable, please visit my website. It contains file downloads for all the PDFs I have released so far. The site is currently in a beta state, so some bugs may be present. If you find a bug, please contact me at verticees@gmail.com. If for some reason the website is down, please be patient because it means that it is being updated and improved. I appreciate everyone's patience and understanding.



Hi! :) I'm trying to make to this for my friend but i cannot seem to understand the folds. When is it considered a long dashed line and a short dashed line? I successfully made the ears because there were pictures for every piece of paper ; however in the pictures there was already a base for the head :) hihi sorry for all the questions :)))

* however in the pictures for the head

Verticees (author)  stellastella1413 days ago

Sorry Stella, I have been rather busy. I included a picture showing the long dashed lines and short dashed line. The long dashed line is circled in red. A short dashed line is circled in blue. With a long dashed line, make a mountain fold (this means to fold the paper so the crease comes toward you). With a short dashed line, make a valley fold (this means to fold the paper so the creases moves away from you). You can look up the difference between valley folds and mountain folds on google if that didn't help you. Good luck with your creation!


Thank you very much :))

minimouse992 months ago

hey do you think you could make a templete for this cuse its on etsy but it costs money

Verticees (author)  minimouse992 months ago

The template is on my website, www.verticees.com. The template on etsy is by a different designer, and is completely different.

minimouse992 months ago
barsofham made it!2 months ago
Decided to use multiple shades of red and wrapped the tusks in some interesting wrapping paper. Came out great!
Verticees (author)  barsofham2 months ago

Love the final effect! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

Hello from Ukraine. Thank you for great Elefant. It is the one we were looking for very long time :)

Verticees (author)  natalia.chebotareva.54 months ago

That looks really amazing. I noticed you printed the elephant on black paper. Were you still able to easily see the printer ink on the black paper?

Thank you) We printed on dark grey paper and it was realy hard to see something))) But we needed this colour for our design....so we spent a little more time to coplete the elefhant. Thanks again!

lindsjohanson4 months ago

Hi, thank you for sharing this paper craft, I plan on having a go at it tonight!

Also, is it possible for you to grant permission for use - as part of my degree project?

Kind Regards,

Lindsey, UK.

Verticees (author)  lindsjohanson4 months ago

Hi Lindsey,

If you don't mind me asking, what is this project about? Also, I don't mind you using this for your project, but I would like some sort of citation or credit. I hope that's not an issue.


My project is based on emotional branding, tied in with elephants and the illegal ivory trade-which is sadly thriving at the moment! I want to make people aware of the mass slaughtering of elephants if I can.

I have copyright from Mark Deeble to use extracts from his blog, based on The great tusker 'Satao'... Please have a look! He is an excellent writer, and it is very moving. It is actually difficult to read (I find), just to warn you!


Of course, I will ensure copyright is courtesy of yourself If I use it!

Can you provide these details for my portfolio? Thank you!

Kind Regards,



can you do other animals like a giraffe or a penguin
Landmine955 months ago

What type of light did you use to illuminate it?

Verticees (author)  Landmine954 months ago

Just a normal LED flashlight

JacsonV5 months ago
Stefan.the.Pribic made it!6 months ago

Awesome tutorial! Could you let me in on the secret how do you invert a model in pepakura so the print out lines are shown on the inside and not on the outside?

Verticees (author)  Stefan.the.Pribic6 months ago

First of all, that looks fantastic! As for the "secret", it's nothing special. When you first import a 3D model into Pepakura and it asks you to choose which side is the front, bottom, etc, the final prompt asks if you want to invert the model. I believe that is what makes the lines go on the inside.

Thanks! You are the best :D

adamwatters made it!6 months ago

green elephant! thanks again for sharing!

Verticees (author)  adamwatters6 months ago

Looks great, thanks for sharing!

lvlaming6 months ago

Do you think it would work out okay if I print it on 11x17 in pieces of card stock? Thanks!

fgiovanella7 months ago

How do you let the printed side inner the sculpture? When I print directly on a card board, the printed side stay out from the object and it´s awful.

beniman made it!7 months ago

Done one myself, fiberglassed et spray painted, looks great !

This is awesome! I'm making my own this weekend!
PatriciaB68 months ago

Há gostaria muito saber se você tem dinossauros .... obrigada mais uma vez.

aqui está uma cabeça de T-rex que acho que ficaria legal :D


Opa, Patricia. Talvez ele não tenha dinossauros, mas você mesma pode projetá-los usando este excelente tutorial: http://www.instructables.com/id/Create-faceted-paper-objects/

adamwatters7 months ago

This is sweet! Love the website, too. Looking forward to seeing the shark!

Verticees (author)  adamwatters7 months ago

Thanks so much, I hope you will enjoy the shark when it comes out soon!

bazzzou8 months ago

Hello ! Sorry but I do not see your attached for this model ;) thanks

Verticees (author)  bazzzou8 months ago

I just launched my new website: www.verticees.com

You can download the files from there!

LéoA28 months ago

Thanks for sharing your instructions ! I made one with several shades of blue. It was a gift for my brother. He loves it.

Verticees (author)  LéoA28 months ago

That produced an amazing effect! I'm so glad you tried that out!

PawełM8 months ago

Thanks for that! It's a AMAZING though it took me one week to make it:P it was a gift for my gf- she loved it!

Cheers from Poland

Verticees (author)  PawełM8 months ago

Looks fantastic!

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