Easy origami elephant tutorial

I made this easy origami elephant* for a friend’s birthday card (and glued it down flat), but they will stand alone as 3D animals, so you could use different size squares and make a whole family of them!

To make an easy origami elephant, you will need:

A true square of origami paper.ย  The size doesn’t really matter, but don’t go too small, or it will be difficult to work with.ย  You don’t have to use origami paper either, but make sure the paper is thin, as it makes it easier to fold and manipulate into shape.

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How to make an easy origami elephant:

Grab your square of paper and follow the video above!

easy origami elephant

*EDIT: A YouTube viewer has kindly let me know that this model was designed by origami artist Paul Jackson.
I learnt it from a book when I was a child and could not remember who the author was (and sadly no longer have the book).ย  I couldn’t see another tutorial for this online either; though there are plenty of other origami elephant tutorials, none of them look quite like this one!




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'Easy origami elephant tutorial' have 27 comments

  1. June 23, 2014 @ 10:44 am Claire

    It is indeed a gorgeous little elephant and I LOVE it on the card – it is currently sitting on the mantlepiece ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. June 25, 2014 @ 3:37 pm Helen Neale (@KiddyCharts)

    I LOVE origami and have done a little bit on my site – this looks so simple as well, and such beautiful paper. Thanks so much for sharing with us and for joining in with the Parenting Pin it Party this week.


    • June 27, 2014 @ 9:19 am Hodge Podge

      Thanks so much Helen (the paper was a gift)! Popping over to check out your origami now!


  3. June 29, 2014 @ 2:46 am Jill

    You made that look so easy! I am going to try my hand at making an elephant tonight!

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!


    • June 29, 2014 @ 8:16 pm Hodge Podge

      I hope yours turns out well Jill – just pause the video and do it step by step – you can’t go wrong! ๐Ÿ˜‰


      • August 17, 2018 @ 7:50 pm Tara

        As someone who has not done origami, I was really looking forward to this. It was unfortunately to quick, and you don’t explain when you’re turning the paper ๐Ÿ˜• Also, the mistake, you fix it without explaining how to fix it. I appreciate you taking the time to do this, but it’s unfortunate that it’s not easier to follow.


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  5. July 22, 2014 @ 1:14 pm Julie

    I love a little bit of origami, that paper is gorgeous. I will have a little go at this when I get a spare minute. I’m wondering if I could find some sort of check paper and make myself a little Elmer!


    • July 22, 2014 @ 10:12 pm Hodge Podge

      Thanks Julie – GREAT IDEA! Will you post a photo to my Facebook wall if you do find some please?
      Would love to see…


  6. July 22, 2014 @ 1:25 pm Kate Williams

    Love the idea of making a little family of them ๐Ÿ™‚ #pintorials


  7. July 23, 2014 @ 9:40 am Jennifer

    That is so sweet, thank you for sharing! Lovely paper that you’ve used too #pintorials


    • August 1, 2014 @ 3:06 pm Hodge Podge

      Thanks Jennifer – the paper was a gift from a friend in Thailand!


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  9. October 22, 2014 @ 8:56 pm Laura

    This does not seem to be the correct video. It is a video to make a tiny box, which is adorable, but I’d like to make an elephant.


  10. October 22, 2014 @ 9:18 pm Hodge Podge

    So sorry Laura, I am not sure how that happened!
    I have now fixed the video (I hope) – please let me know if it works for you..?


    • October 22, 2014 @ 9:56 pm Laura

      Thanks so much! Perfect. You are so quick!


      • October 22, 2014 @ 11:02 pm Hodge Podge

        My pleasure – I know how frustrating it is when you are trying to learn something new and you can’t view the video!


        • October 23, 2014 @ 1:06 am Laura

          Thanks again. Very good instruction. I need more practice though, my elephant is a little lopsided!


          • October 23, 2014 @ 2:49 pm Hodge Podge

            I am sure you will get the hang of it Laura – practice makes perfect! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. December 21, 2014 @ 9:52 pm Cally

    This is a beautiful little elephant tutorial, thankyou. I am going to try and make this and if successful i will send a photo of it to the Nature Conservancy website, to help raise money to save elephants! Take a look at the Nature Conservancy website for details and also try United for Wildlife website where you will also find the info. They want people to create an Elegram (draw, paint, make, create, bake etc), 20,000 actually and send in photos of them to raise money. There is a time limit so please look asap to save elephants!!


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  13. March 30, 2016 @ 9:17 pm Vero

    where is the video tutorial???


  14. June 3, 2019 @ 10:09 pm Jennifer

    This was very neat, until I got to the part where the top had to be squished, and then it all fell apart. I now have to start all over, and I don’t know if I will ever get it correct. I can’t do this with preteens…sigh.


    • June 3, 2019 @ 10:24 pm Jennifer

      Nope. I tried, and got all the way through, no trunk, nothing was sticking out over the paper. I was using copy paper. I have to have something to do with the class tomorrow, I could be here all night…sigh.


  15. September 21, 2019 @ 6:45 am Scherri williams

    I found the patten of your paper hard to follow .. i need a miracle because it’s my friends birthday in 3 days time and she loves elephants…. is there any other plain paper elephants I can learned from… but you are very creatively and clever. Thank you Scherri.


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