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Milk bottle elephant

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Milk bottle elephant

Milk bottle elephant

Here is Ted’s milk bottle Elmer the Elephant. We first made one of these together a year or two ago at our village toddler group, and it was our friend Hannah D who introduced us to this craft. I still can’t believe how a plastic milk bottle can be transformed into such a cute elephant. I couldn’t resist making one myself, and made one with an old map so that Ted’s elephant has a friend. Now that Ted is a little older he really likes to be able to do all or most of a craft project himself, but the cutting out of the bottle is tricky for little fingers so he was happy for me to do this part and then take over the full transformation from bottle to elephant himself.

 

 

 

Materials

  • Plastic milk bottle – we used a small 1ltr one but you can use small or large ones
  • Scissors
  • PVA glue
  • Paint brush
  • Paper cut into squares

How to make your own

  1. Cut the bottom off a plastic milk bottle, just below the handle
  2. Cut around the top of the bottle to remove the rim
  3. Cut in between the legs either side and to the front of the bottle to make the elephant’s legs
  4. At the back, cut a little tail
  5. Cover over the top with strips of masking tape – you now have the shape of a little elephant ready to decorate
  6. Glue sections of the elephant and cover in strips of paper – we used tissue paper and an old map and found that mat paper and not shiny paper works best because it absorbs the glue and sticks down better
  7. When covered with paper, coat in PVA glue and allow to dry
  8. Cut out the shape of two ears in plain paper and cover with squares of paper
  9. When dry, glue ears onto elephant
  10. Paint or stick on eyes – we used googly eyes because Ted loves them

 

Cut the top of a milk bottle

Cut the top of a milk bottle

Cut away round the neck

Cut away round the neck

Cut out between legs

Cut out between legs

Cut tail

Cut tail

Put masking tape over top

Put masking tape over top

Glue and stick on squares of paper

Glue and stick on squares of paper

Cover in squares of paper

Cover in squares of paper

Allow to dry

Allow to dry

Cover ears in paper squares

Cover ears in paper squares

Stick on ears

Stick on ears

Elmer and friend

Elmer and friend

 

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