Welcome to the Jungle- Elephant Head Papercraft


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!

Note: Please do not distribute any of the attached files as your own. Thanks!

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DGarcia958 hours ago

Hi! Im From Colombia and i used this for a final exam, i wanna thank u cuz i have and A+

mike_strada made it!1 month ago

I just finished it and it is AWESOME! but I did it in a large size printing two pages of the model on one sheet with measures 50x65cm and this is the result


Hi I am from Venezuela and I am a true lover of elephants and I wonder if you can send the file to the scale you used ... thank you very much

HI! My name´s Diego, I´m a visual desing student and i have to make an elephant sculpture and what you did is just what i need.
I was asking if there´s any possibility of you to send me the model you used, if u can my mail is

I mailed you ;) hope it isn't late and still can help you
Have fun!

Verticees (author)  mike_strada1 month ago

That is so spectacular! I didn't expect anyone to make a bigger version of this, especially one that big! Where do you plan on keeping that?

I'm redesigning my bedroom and this looked such a very nice idea for it. I'm keeping it for now at my work where looks so gorgeous and it'll be like the cherry on the top of the cake when my bedroom it's finished. But first I have to look for something to get the model stronger 'cause the head it's a little weak as you can imagine about the size.

Verticees (author)  mike_strada1 month ago

That would be a fantastic addition to your room! As for the structural integrity, you can try filling it with builder's foam or something of the sort. Hope you can make it work!

I uploaded a video of the making of this model. I made it in stop motion I'll share it to you. Hope you like it ?
Verticees (author)  mikestrada26 days ago

Thats awesome! I'm really glad you made it!

I used builder's foam as you recommend to me, it becomes really stronger than it was before ;) thank you very much! it's finally done :D

AnjaH made it!26 days ago

This was so much fun. Thank you for sharing! Boyfriend and I made our pink elephant together. It's hanging on our living room wall looking majestic as hell! We used paper with metallic glow so polygons really pop out. Hope you like it.

Verticees (author)  AnjaH26 days ago

That looks very cool! Could you please tell me what that type of paper is called? It produced an impressive effect!

AnjaH Verticees26 days ago

It's 290g stardream paper. So glad you like it :D

victordoes1 month ago

... wow... lovely.. Would love to see a "moose edition"!

Verticees (author)  victordoes1 month ago

That's a good idea! I already have two other papercraft animals on the way, but a moose sure would be nice. However, I think a moose papercraft was already made by "krummery". Try checking it out!

Lovely! Ohh, I will! Thanks
DevynM1 month ago

anyone try it with pattern cardstock? interested to know how'd it look with newspaper printed cardstock or an array of patterns like in a scrapbook filler packet

Verticees (author)  DevynM1 month ago

That's an interesting idea! I bet it would look really cool!

carlosmorasalguero made it!2 months ago

My girlfriend and I invested 5 afternoons in order to complete this project... we just loved it!

thanks for sharing the instructable.

Verticees (author)  carlosmorasalguero2 months ago

That elephant turned out absolutely fantastic! I'm so glad that you two enjoyed making it!


Verticees (author)  mariavalentina.frias2 months ago

Looks awesome!

krummrey made it!3 months ago

Makes a great mask too. :D

Raitis krummrey2 months ago

Now that's a well wrapped individual!

krummrey Raitis2 months ago

Thank God I wasn't in there at that time. ;)

Verticees (author)  krummrey2 months ago

Haha, that looks awesome! I'm so glad you made it!

joepgoossens made it!2 months ago

Thanks a lot for the instructable! Here's our elephant:

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Verticees (author)  joepgoossens2 months ago

Wow, that looks great! You did an amazingly precise job!

garvie3 months ago
krummrey3 months ago

Hey, The Elephant looks great. Feels so good to see other people picking up from my tutorial. :D

Verticees (author)  krummrey3 months ago

Thank you very much for both your comment and publishing your instructable on making faceted papercraft. Making my own papercraft had always been a dream of mine, and thanks to you, it finally became possible!

crafty_hxox made it!3 months ago

Mine is red. But breathtaking! Thanks for the instructions :)


How do I hang this though?

Verticees (author)  crafty_hxox3 months ago

Well first, WOW! That looks spectacular! And for hanging, I glued a sawtooth hanger that is used for picture frames to the back of the elephant. Then, I nailed a normal picture frame hook to the wall, and mounted the sawtooth hanger to that. I hope that helps!

Mschreib133 months ago

To aid in making the folds try laying the ruler/straight-edge on the line and folding this will usually avoid wrinkling the paper.

I use a crochet hook as my scoring tool because of its smooth edge which won't tear the paper.

I've almost got the left ear done.

Verticees (author)  Mschreib133 months ago

That's a good tip! Thanks for commenting that!

blissful20153 months ago

super cool! would love a wall lamp like that! =)

Verticees (author)  blissful20153 months ago


general-pc made it!3 months ago

Just finished mine, I add a trophy plaque :)

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