Simple Paper Elephant Craft

If you love elephants then you’re going to love this Simple Paper Elephant Craft! All you need is a single sheet of 8.5×11 cardstock, some googly eyes, markers, scissors, and our Free Printable Elephant Template.

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My youngest son is fascinated with elephants. He has been since he could recognize what they were. That was a long time ago, now that he’s almost 3. So long ago. Anyway, we loved this elephant craft because it’s so easy to do, transforming one sheet of cardstock into a beautiful creature. And because he loves elephants.

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We’ve made this Egg Carton Elephant Horton Hears a Who Craft, which doesn’t have to be Horton but just an elephant craft, and our Craft Stick Heart Elephants. For more jungle friends, be sure to also check out our Cardboard Roll Yarn Wrapped Monkey Craft, Fingerprint Giraffe Craft, and this Paper Plate Sloth Craft.

paper elephant craft supplies

To make our Simple Paper Elephant Craft you will simply need our Elephant Template, 8.5×11 cardstock in grey, purple, blue, or silver, large googly eyes, markers in black or pink, scissors, and a glue stick. The cardstock needs to be 8.5×11 to fit the full page template.

Make a Simple Elephant Craft from Paper

Supplies needed:

  • Elephant Template
  • 8.5×11 cardstock – grey, silver, purple, blue
  • Markers – black, pink
  • Googly eyes, large
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick

Begin by printing and cutting out the template.

elephant template traced on silver cardstock

Line the template up on a full sheet of cardstock. Trace around the template.

template shape cut from silver cardstock

Cut out the elephant shape from the cardstock.

curved trunk shaped from cut pieces

With one of the leftover pieces, trim to form a long curved trunk.

marker detail

Detail inside the ears and a mouth with either a black or pink marker. Also draw lines along the trunk.

top of trunk glued

Glue the top of the trunk to the center of the elephant. Also adhere googly eyes.

finished paper elephants

To further make your elephant stand out, you can fold the trunk then gently unfold. Now. have fun with your simple paper elephants! Make more in different colors.

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