How to make a milk bottle elephant

Lily has been looking at some new ideas, to put into her Lily’s Art Gallery section of the website. Rather than just showing you this one, we decide to tell you how to make a milk bottle elephant, which is her latest creation.

It’s quite simple to make, but I think it looks amazing. All you need as an empty plastic milk bottle. The big 6 pint bottles work best, but you could make a small elephant with a 4 pint bottle. Then all you need are some scissors, glue, card, tissue paper and some google eyes. Then you are ready to go.

Making your elephant

The first thing you have to do is cut the top of the milk bottle off, approximately 15cm down, cutting through the handle and the main part of the bottle. Then cut an extra 3cm off of the handle, that is the trunk.

On the bigger sides of the bottle, cut out a curve Starting 4cm in and finishing 4cm in the other side to make the legs.

Side of milk bottle elephant
The curves to make the legs

To complete the legs, you need to cut out a curve at each end, to the same height as the other to curves. Which should now give your bottle the appearance of having legs. If my instructions aren’t clear, hopefully you can see from the photos.

Back of milk bottle elephant
The back end of the bottle

The next step is to cut some elephant ears out of card. Then it is time to decorate your elephant. You can decorate it however you want. As always Lily wanted it to be as colourful as possible, so she cut out some rough square shapes, in numerous different coloured tissue paper and decorated the bottle and the ears, by glueing the paper to them.

Card elephant ear
the elephants ear

The last thing to do is glue the ears onto the bottle, and then glue some google eyes on too. That’s it! Pretty simple stuff, but something that I think looks really good. Why not try it yourself? Lily had great fun doing it.

Milk bottle elephant completed
the finished elephant

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17 thoughts on “How to make a milk bottle elephant

  • April 29, 2020 at 7:10 pm
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    What a lovely colourful elephant!

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    • April 30, 2020 at 2:10 pm
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      Brilliat lily. Very colorful. I bet it looks wonderful with the sun shineing through the tissue paper x

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      • April 30, 2020 at 3:33 pm
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        Just need some sun to test the theory 😂

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  • April 29, 2020 at 7:30 pm
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    Love the creativity.

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  • April 29, 2020 at 8:09 pm
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    This is so cute! My kids are obsessed with arts and crafts lately. They’re 5 and 3 so anything that involves cutting or pasting is a win. LOL

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    • April 29, 2020 at 10:12 pm
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      Thank you, anything that involves making a mess tends to be a win 😂

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  • April 29, 2020 at 9:00 pm
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    So cute! That’s a dandier version of Bing Bong, the elephant from “Inside Out”!
    It’s cool how you reused your empty milk bottle for project.

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    • April 29, 2020 at 10:13 pm
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      Thank you 😊

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    • April 30, 2020 at 3:32 pm
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      Thank you 😊

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  • April 30, 2020 at 8:41 am
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    Aw, this is so cute! Flora made one at Cubs before they had to stop for lockdown but she didn’t do the ears 🙁 Love Lily’s Elmer version though, so colourful, she’s very creative 🙂

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    • April 30, 2020 at 3:33 pm
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      She certainly likes everything to be multicoloured 😃

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  • April 30, 2020 at 9:37 am
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    This is so cute!

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  • April 30, 2020 at 3:16 pm
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    I saw this on facebook recently and loved it! They remind me of the book Elmer. You’ve done a great job!

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    • April 30, 2020 at 3:33 pm
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      Thank you 😊

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  • April 30, 2020 at 5:29 pm
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    I love this idea – Definitely going to share it with some local children close to me. How great would it be seeing these in everyones windows during isolation

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    • April 30, 2020 at 9:27 pm
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      Thank you, that certainly would be great to see that happen.

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