Welcome to the Jungle- Elephant Head Papercraft

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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, 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) 6 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: 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 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.



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

Verticees (author)  minimouse992 days ago

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

barsofham made it!13 days ago
Decided to use multiple shades of red and wrapped the tusks in some interesting wrapping paper. Came out great!
Verticees (author)  barsofham11 days 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.52 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 we spent a little more time to coplete the elefhant. Thanks again!

lindsjohanson2 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)  lindsjohanson2 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
Landmine954 months ago

What type of light did you use to illuminate it?

Verticees (author)  Landmine952 months ago

Just a normal LED flashlight

JacsonV3 months ago
Stefan.the.Pribic made it!4 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.Pribic4 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!5 months ago

green elephant! thanks again for sharing!

Verticees (author)  adamwatters4 months ago

Looks great, thanks for sharing!

lvlaming4 months ago

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

fgiovanella5 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!5 months ago

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

This is awesome! I'm making my own this weekend!
PatriciaB66 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:

adamwatters5 months ago

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

Verticees (author)  adamwatters5 months ago

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

bazzzou6 months ago

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

Verticees (author)  bazzzou6 months ago

I just launched my new website:

You can download the files from there!

LéoA26 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)  LéoA26 months ago

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

PawełM6 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)  PawełM6 months ago

Looks fantastic!

FisheyLP6 months ago

FisheyLP6 months ago

Can you mail me the .pdo?

PatriciaB66 months ago

Olá adorei seus projetos sou do Brasil e sou sua mais nova fã....Obrigada!!!!

Moe Elefant6 months ago


i would love to make this as a gift for my girlfriend.

Can i get the PDF without being a paying member? :)

Thx ! :)

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