Ephemera Elephant Card Tutorial and Template ~
An easy and adorable scrap paper craft!

I just had to craft something today.
I had the urge.
I went with it.

I grabbed my scrap-paper box,
an Elmer's glue stick and a black pen.
I found this little guy patiently waiting at the end. 

They say that an elephant never forgets.

Ephemera, by definition is transitory and lacks permanence.  In elephant form, I like to think that these old scraps of printed material are likely to be around  and enjoyed for a long while. 

What do you think?

You don't need any special tools.
You probably have everything you need at home.
So, grab some paper scraps, your scissors and glue and let's make some Ephemera Elephants!

Ephemera Elephant Cards
-- a scrap paper DIY project --

paper scraps
cardboard (I used a cereal box)
elephant template (download HERE for free)
thin black ink pen 
glue stick
cardstock or 6.5" x 5" cards

Step 1:  Download the free elephant template HERE.  Cut out the pieces.  Trace on to cardboard; then cut out the cardboard pieces.  This will give you nice sturdy pieces to work with. 

 Step 2:  Trace the shapes on various pieces of scrap paper.  I used old sheet music, book pages and dictionary pages for the body and bright red paper for the balloon. 

Step 3:  Cut out the shapes on the outside of the black line.  You want to keep the black outline intact (except with the balloon).
Step 4:  Fold the hat.  

Adapted from:  http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/paper-hats3.htm
 Image 1
 A:  Fold short end to short end.
B:  Fold in half (left to right) to crease.  Unfold.
C:  Fold left and right corner in to line up with the crease.

Image 2
D:  Fold bottom up so that bottom edge meets with bottom edge of the triangles.
E:  Fold a second time to form the brim of the hat.
F:  Flip hat over and repeat steps D&E.

Finished hat should look like this.

Step 5:  If desired, glue a piece of decorative paper to the face of the card for a contrasting background.  Then, glue the elephant pieces to the card and each other.  Ears should go slightly under the head.

Step 6: Outline the hat with the black pen. Draw some eyes with the black pen.

Step 7: Glue balloon in place.  Draw a string with the black pen.

Sit back and enjoy your work or write a note to a friend! 

This post has been linked up with:
The Saturday Showcase @ Bowdabra Blog
Crafty Soiree at Yesterday on Tuesday
The Weekend Wrap-up Party at Tatertots & Jello 
DIY Club September Contest


  1. Oh, Jenn, how CUTE are these?? Adorable idea and I love the book pages. :)

  2. Adorable! I want to make some NOW. I will pin as an activity to do with my kids! Although I must say, I noticed the word "damn" on one of your elephants. :o) I shall have to watch out for that!

    Thanks for a marvelous idea with a free template!!!

  3. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies (please, notice the new url for my blog), under the Page 3 post on Aug. 22, 2012. Thanks again.

  4. Jenn, these are adorable!!! i love the fun outline with book pages!!! You have me inspired to pull out my card making stuff:-)

  5. Jenn these are so stinkin' cute I can't stand it. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial.

  6. Oh my is this ever adorable!! Stop over and link it up at Bowdabra Crafty Showcase! http://bowdabrablog.com/2012/08/18/saturday-showcase-craft-projects-15/

    Hey girl I almost didn't realize this was your blog! You got a makeover!!!! I love it a lot!

    xoxo susieQTpies

  7. He is so sweet! Love the elephant.

  8. An elephant never forgets - how fabulous they look all decked out in sheet music and book pages! He's the cutest - love his hat

  9. These are absolutely adorable! I love the elephants and your choice in paper.

  10. Bonjour Jenn,
    Thank you so much for this so sweet card. I'll surely make it !

  11. Oh my goodness~~~ these could not possibly be any cuter!

  12. I absolutely adore this elephant. Unfortunately I was not able to download the template. Would you please email to me? wanda.h.bowen@gmail.com

    Thanks so much

  13. I love him Jenn--he's very elegant :)

  14. Congrats, Jenn! You are being featured in our Feature Friday post! We love this!

    We also invited you to our exclusive Feature Friday Pinterest board and hope you will join! We pin our fav bloggers that were one of our top picks. You can pin anything you make there at any time! Just trying to help others learn about your crafty projects!

    Have a super weekend! See you at the new Crafty Showcase starting Saturday!

    Susie @Bowdabra

  15. Awww, those are too cute. I am glad you put that up and I will have to put that on my to make list, the possibilities are endless. I am also a music lover so thats even better. Great tutorial. Thanks for stopping by my blog and following! I really appreciate it!

  16. Those Elephants are the cutest things I've ever seen! Thanks for the tutorial!

  17. Love this card! What a cheerful anytime card or bday invite this would make! I love elephants, but would probably make this for my little girl's 1st bday party using a fish instead, as that'll be the theme. Love the idea! Great work!

  18. This is absolutely adorable! Thanks for sharing the pattern!

  19. Thank you for sharing your post on A Crafty Soiree, that my co-hostess Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday and do each week. Your project is on of my features this week, please come see it spotlighted on my party post, which will be up tonight at midnight. Thanks again for sharing your talents!

  20. Hi,

    This is really a attractive post. The elephants are beautiful in their attribute. It is something nice which our children can learn easily. Thanks for your post. Keep blogging more...

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  21. Ephemera Elephant Card Tutorial and Template ~
    An easy and adorable scrap paper craft! nice topic i like ur post thanx share information............


  22. Hi Jenn! I love this post, I love your blog! I featured these cute elephants on my blog this week =) xx

  23. Hi Jenn, Your elephants are stunning. I found the link on Pinterest, and had to make some. Thanks a lot for sharing the template with us! You can see my twist on your elephants on my blog here: http://kasiakleszko.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/something-cutecos-slodkiego/
    Of course I included the link back to your blog :)
    Thanks again!
    Kasia Kleszko

  24. This so darn cute for just going on you just felt like making something and "just went with it"....I wish I had that talent
    On a whim!

  25. I love him! I just adore the little hat and the creative back ground! Thx for posting! Xoxox from Oregon ❣

    1. Thanks so much Molly! I was really happy that he turned out the way that I had envisioned!

      xx from just a hop, skip and a jump down the Western coastline,

  26. merci pour ce très joli éléphant.

  27. These are absolutely beautiful we are going to attempt our own childrens version of this post this weekend :D Sooo gorgeous, I really do love these photos ... ;) Thank you for sharing the precise tutorial with your readers !

  28. The elephant idea is adorable. I made it and sent to a friend. The only thing I did different was I used papers that depicted her interests. I also embossed the elephant. My friend collects miniature elephants so it was perfect! Thanks

  29. The elephant idea is adorable. I made it and sent to a friend. The only thing I did different was I used papers that depicted her interests. I also embossed the elephant. My friend collects miniature elephants so it was perfect! Thanks

  30. This was a perfect idea for my friend that collects miniature elephants. The only thing I did different was to use paper that depicted her interests. I loved this. Thanks!


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