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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mike_strada made it!18 days 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

Verticees (author)  mike_strada18 days 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_strada16 days 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 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

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 ?
victordoes12 days ago

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

Verticees (author)  victordoes12 days 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!1 month 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)  carlosmorasalguero1 month ago

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


Verticees (author)  mariavalentina.frias1 month ago

Looks awesome!

krummrey made it!2 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!

garvie2 months ago
krummrey2 months ago

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

Verticees (author)  krummrey2 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!2 months ago

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


How do I hang this though?

Verticees (author)  crafty_hxox2 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!

Mschreib132 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)  Mschreib132 months ago

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

blissful20152 months ago

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

Verticees (author)  blissful20152 months ago


general-pc made it!2 months ago

Just finished mine, I add a trophy plaque :)

Verticees (author)  general-pc2 months ago

That looks fantastic! Thanks so much for showing us!

Teachable2 months ago

That's really cool.

Verticees (author)  Teachable2 months ago

Thank you very much! Let me know if you make it!

张米张2 months ago
好棒 好棒 好棒
Verticees (author)  张米张2 months ago


Nacho Drew2 months ago
Thanks everyone that's posted great info, I'm using everything I've learned on my next project
Mschreib133 months ago

All printed and ready for cutting, folding and gluing. After doing a bunch of Disney structures I like doing the scoring before cutting especially the small parts. They are easier to handle that way. I am using 110# card stock.

Verticees (author)  Mschreib133 months ago

That's an interesting idea, I'll try that on the next papercraft I make. Thanks! Also, please post a picture of your finished elephant, as I'd love to see how it turned out!

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