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Wooden India Elephants

After sawing out these elephants, the question was how to paint them. It just seemed boring to paint them grey so something special was needed to make them unique. Then this particular scrapbook paper came to mind. The intricate design had a look of India to it which was perfect for these elephants.  You can of course use any paper on your elephants to achieve a totally different look.



A Taste of India - Wooden Elephants Decorated with Scrapbook Papier

For this project you will need:

- 18 mm thick scraps of wood
- 12x12” sheet of scrapbook paper by “Rusty Pickle” - French Market Paper “Pomme”
- decoupage glue
- basic sawing supplies
- acrylic paint in dark red for the sides
- acrylic paint in tan color for brushing on

This project required about 2 hours to complete and is fun and easy.

Craft Pattern:

Elephant Coloring Book Page and Craft Template

Elephant Template






1. Print out the elephant template in two different sizes, transfer to the wood and cut out. Sand surface and edges when necessary. Paint the sides of the elephants with dark red paint and let dry.
2. Trace each of the elephants twice (once in one direction and once reversed) onto the backside of the scrapbook paper.
3. Cut out the traced elephants.
4. Apply modge podge the front of the first elephant. Press the paper onto the glue, making sure it is flat without wrinkles. Once the paper is dry, repeat this step for the second elephant.
5. Now repeat step 4 for the backsides of the elephants.
6. Once the backsides are dry, dry brush tan paint onto all edges of the elephants, both front and back and let dry.
7. Now apply a coat of decoupage glue e to all sides of the elephants to give them a shine. Let dry.

Tip: These elephants are now finished but you may take yours a step further. You can use dimensional paint in gold and follow the lines of the design to add a bit of elegance to the elephants. Also, you can glue jewels onto the elephants as well to make them extra sparkly.

Wood Craft Tutorials:

Transferring Patterns Onto Wood Tutorial

How to Transfer Patterns Onto Wood Tutorial


Scroll Saw Tutorial

Drybrushing Tutorial

Drybrushing Tutorial





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A Taste of India - Wooden Elephants Decorated with Scrapbook Paper



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