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Elephant Hide Box

Designed by Sandy Laipply

When you see the “helping hand” symbol on a project, it means you may need adult supervision to do the project. Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic. Always use care when using tools or a heat source. Be careful and safe!

Main supplies:

  • Small paper mache box
  • Fimo® Soft Modeling Material - Black and White
  • Elmer’s® Squeeze n Brush® Washable Paint
  • Brushes – black

Basic Supplies:

  • Elmer’s® Washable School Glue
  • 12 Rubber bands
  • Paintbrush
  • Modeling clay tools, rolling pin or pasta machine (used only for clay not food)
  • Paper towels
  • Scrap cardboard


  1. Put a layer of glue on the box lid.  Allow to dry.
  2. Condition clay by rolling out a small amount at a time, folding and rolling again, until the clay is soft and pliable. Mix 2 parts white clay and one part black clay together to form a medium gray. Cover the box top with this clay, smoothing the clay all around.  Use the clay knife to cut the clay smoothly all around the bottom of the box lid.

3. Put the clay-covered box top on BOTTOM of box (for stability).  Put 12 rubber bands around the clay roller wrapping them tightly, but not overlapping them any more than necessary. Roll across the sides and top of the clay covered box lid to impress texture into the clay.

  1. Place the clay-covered lid on a scrap of cardboard, and bake according to manufacturer’s instructions Allow to cool. While it is baking, paint the box bottom.  Be sure to paint all the surfaces of the box bottom.

5. Paint the inside of the box lid.

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