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A pop up Elephant to make for your Valentine. Fold the elephant flat and slip it into a greeting card. When the card is opened the elephant pops out to the delight for your #truelove.
Members can download the pattern for free at the usual place, non members can download the parts for £2.50
The project comes in three colour schemes and a mono version. Print out the parts of the version you choose onto thin card. (230 micron / 67lb) Note that the last page of the colour projects is coloured on both sides. Print out one side, flip the card over, return it to the printer and print out the back.
Score all the dotted and dashed lines then cut out the holes. Exercise the creases to ensure they fold easily.
Glue the grey areas of the head and body together lining them up as accurately as possible.
Fold the head and body round, glue the hooked tabs face to face to make double thickness card.
Glue together the sides that are opposite the hooked tabs. This will hold the box in shape but still allow you to access the hooked tabs to fit the elastic band in the next step.
Select a long thin elastic band.
Hook one end over the smaller hooked tab, thread it through the hole in the box and hook it onto the other tab.
Close the other sides by gluing them together.
The tusks are double thickness card. Make them by folding the card in half and gluing it together then carefully cutting out the pieces.
Glue on the tusks as shown so that their edge lines up with the diagonal edge of the side piece.
Glue the ear tab in place so that it is vertical and central.
Glue the face to the front of the box.
Glue the legs to the side of the box. Make sure that the toe nails are to the front of the foot.
Finish off the model by gluing the heart to the trunk as shown.
That's it! Fold the model flat, slip it into a Valentine card and send it to your one true love.
Make yourself a herd!
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I thought that the popup elephant I made the other day would make a nice Valentine project - I hope that #truelove agrees!
Looking at the original I thought it might be better with a head not made from a cube but slightly shortened front to back. After a little experimentation I came up with this prototype.
Which then developed into this project.
And it still squashes down nicely ready to pop up!
Do you like the bokeh in the first picture? 35mm f/1.8 lens - looking good!
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