The elephant is a very elegant and majestic creature, despite of its massive size. Unfortunately, many elephants are illegally poached for ivory. Thus, I designed this papercraft in tribute to the endangered elephants. This beautiful paper craft of the largest living land mammal is a great addition to anyone's room. The elephant is around 25 inches long from head to trunk (when printed on letter sized paper).

If you are ready to create this work of art, you can purchase the PDF Pack (only $2.99 USD) for this model at this link:


The PDF Pack contains:

  • 1 A4 Sized Elephant Head Papercraft Template
  • 1 Letter Sized Elephant Head Papercraft Template

Step 1: Stuff You'll Need

There are three ESSENTIAL elements to this project:

  • Glue: I'm using Aleene's Quick Dry Tacky Glue, which bonds pieces of paper together in around 30 seconds. However, any tacky glue will be fine, but don't try to use a glue stick. It will leave a sticky mess on your hands which will get on the paper whenever you handle it.
  • Paper: Good quality cardstock is also a must. I'm using acid and lignin free cardstock from Michaels. It has a 65lb or 176g/m^2 weight. For those of you who are thinking of using copy paper, it's not going to work. You are welcome to try it, but I can assure you that you will be disappointed, or left with a very flimsy elephant.
  • Scissors or Knife: I personally prefer to use my stainless steel scissors for cutting out the pieces. If you choose to use an X-acto knife, you'll need a ruler to make sure all the cuts are straight.

While those are the essentials, here are some optional, but very helpful items:

  • Ruler and Scoring Tool: To make folds neat and clean, I highly advise the use of a ruler and scoring tool. The scoring tool I used is a mechanical pencil WITHOUT ANY LEAD. By using the ruler to make a straight path while you run the tip of the pencil over the lines, you can make very crisp, professional folds. If you use lead in the pencil, you won't be able to distinguish the different folds, so make sure your pencil has no writing capabilities! However, any object with a blunt, yet precise tip can be used for scoring.
  • Tweezers: Tweezers are useful for holding flaps that need to be glued while you wait for them to dry. They are particularly helpful in the tusks. I didn't use mine too often, but when they were needed, they were certainly helpful.
  • Toothpicks: Like the ruler and scoring tool, I highly recommend you keep around 20 or so toothpicks with you. I used them for spreading the glue around the flaps once I put on a drop. The toothpicks help spread the glue evenly and avoid excess glue from oozing out when the flap is pressed to the paper. Once again, highly recommended.
  • Clear Packing Tape: I use clear packing tape when for some reason, the glue won't hold the paper together. I also use it right before I put on the back of the elephant. During this time, I covered the entire interior with masking tape to reinforce the entire structure. It's super strong, and once its on the paper, it's not coming off the paper cleanly. Great to have, but not an urgent need.
<p>hi !! I really want to make this elephant , Can I get the PDF please ??? my e-mail is micaelaortega0@gmail.com</p>
<p>hi !! I really want to make this elephant , Can I get the PDF please ??? my e-mail is micaelaortega0@gmail.com</p>
<p>Alguen Me Puede Compartir El PDF En Mi Correo?: garaciagatofelipegarcia@outlook.com . Muchas Gracias :)</p>
<p>please send file to vitalij.trimailov@gmail.com</p>
<p>I loved making this elephant. It is in a babies room. I have made a couple time lapses of papercraft projects. This is a link to a deer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFp9T9u1tXs</p>
<p>Thanks for sharing the fun! :)</p>
<p>can you share me PDF file? my email: tracdieu11@gmail.com thank you so much</p>
<p>Hello!! Just wanted to thank you for sharing this amazing elephant design!! We love love looooved it so much we turned it into a mask (Hope its okay with you jeje) Just had to do some tiny modifications but we think the result we got was terrific!! Thank you again!!!!! We are so happy, you made our birthday costumes the hit of the party!!!! &lt;3 :) </p>
<p>Buenas.....</p><p>Hola una pregunta crees que en vez de que sea un adorno de pared se pueda convertir en una mascara? </p><p>espero tu respuesta preferible en mi correo pablo-chivas20@hotmail.com </p><p>gracias</p>
<p>Bonjour,</p><p>Merci beaucoup pour votre partage, je vais le faire avec mon fils, cet &eacute;l&eacute;phant est magnifique. Bravo pour votre travail.</p>
<p>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 :)))</p>
<p>* however in the pictures for the head</p>
<p>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!</p>
<p>Thank you very much :)) </p>
<p>hey do you think you could make a templete for this cuse its on etsy but it costs money</p>
<p>The template is on my website, www.verticees.com. The template on etsy is by a different designer, and is completely different.</p>
Decided to use multiple shades of red and wrapped the tusks in some interesting wrapping paper. Came out great!
<p>Love the final effect! Thanks so much for sharing with us!</p>
<p>Hello from Ukraine. Thank you for great Elefant. It is the one we were looking for very long time :)</p>
<p>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?</p>
<p>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!</p>
<p>Hi, thank you for sharing this paper craft, I plan on having a go at it tonight!</p><p> Also, is it possible for you to grant permission for use - as part of my degree project? </p><p>Kind Regards,</p><p>Lindsey, UK. </p>
<p>Hi Lindsey,</p><p>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.</p>
<p>Hi,</p><p>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. </p><p>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!</p><p><a href="https://markdeeble.wordpress.com/?s=satao" rel="nofollow">https://markdeeble.wordpress.com/?s=satao</a></p><p>Of course, I will ensure copyright is courtesy of yourself If I use it! </p><p>Can you provide these details for my portfolio? Thank you!</p><p>Kind Regards,</p><p>Lindsey </p><p> <a href="mailto:lindseyjane79@live.co.uk" rel="nofollow">lindseyjane79@live.co.uk</a></p>
can you do other animals like a giraffe or a penguin
<p>What type of light did you use to illuminate it?</p>
<p>Just a normal LED flashlight</p>
<p>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?</p>
<p>First of all, that looks fantastic! As for the &quot;secret&quot;, 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.</p>
<p>Thanks! You are the best :D</p>
<p>green elephant! thanks again for sharing!</p>
<p>can you share me PDF file? my email: tracdieu11@gmail.com thank you so much</p>
<p>ewy-150696@hotmail.com plis!!}</p>
<p>Looks great, thanks for sharing!</p>
<p>Do you think it would work out okay if I print it on 11x17 in pieces of card stock? Thanks! </p>
<p>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&acute;s awful.</p>
<p>Done one myself, fiberglassed et spray painted, looks great !</p>
<p>can you share me PDF file? my email: tracdieu11@gmail.com thank you so much</p>
<p>The PDF file is available for sale on Etsy ;)</p>
This is awesome! I'm making my own this weekend!
<p>H&aacute; gostaria muito saber se voc&ecirc; tem dinossauros .... obrigada mais uma vez.</p>
<p>aqui est&aacute; uma cabe&ccedil;a de T-rex que acho que ficaria legal :D</p><p><a href="http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:240574" rel="nofollow">http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:240574</a></p>
<p>Opa, Patricia. Talvez ele n&atilde;o tenha dinossauros, mas voc&ecirc; mesma pode projet&aacute;-los usando este excelente tutorial: http://www.instructables.com/id/Create-faceted-paper-objects/</p>
<p>This is sweet! Love the website, too. Looking forward to seeing the shark!</p>
<p>Thanks so much, I hope you will enjoy the shark when it comes out soon!</p>
<p>Hello ! Sorry but I do not see your attached for this model ;) thanks</p>
<p>I just launched my new website: <a href="http://www.verticees.com" rel="nofollow"> www.verticees.com</a></p><p>You can download the files from there!</p>

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