Diwali Elephants

These colourful little elephants modelled in Fimo are durable and long-lasting. Hang them in your home as Diwali decorations or try making a selection to give as gifts.

Skill Level

Beginner

Time to Make

45 minutes + baking and cooling time for Fimo

Adult Supervision Needed

Yes

How to Make

  1. To make the elephant’s body, cut a Fimo block in half, knead it then shape into a ball. Flatten the ball with your fingers into a 6cm diameter circle, 1cm thick. Use a modelling tool or your fingers to flatten the circle along the bottom edge.
  2. To start shaping the elephant’s legs and trunk, use the side of a pen or brush to make 2 indentations along the flat edge. Push the pencil into the Fimo to define the legs and truck. See model example – in Red Fimo. Keep pushing with the brush and gently pull the legs and trunk into shape with your fingers. A flat-ended modelling tool can be used to define the shape between the truck and body. Carefully elongate the trunk by pulling it, making it thinner at the end.
  3. Shape a small Fimo semi-circle for the elephant’s ear and cut a flattened piece of Fimo in another colour for the blanket. Press the blanket onto the elephant’s back. Cut off any excess Fimo at the top and tuck the edge of the blanket over the curve of the body. Press the ear in place.
  4. Use a cocktail stick to make a hole near the top of the elephant. Widen the hole and check it has opened out the back.
  5. Bake Fimo in a preheated oven at 110C following instructions on the packet. Allow Fimo to cool before handling.
  6. Decorate the elephant with flower gems and glue a wiggle eye onto the head. Tie pieces thin ribbon around the legs with a blob of glue on the back to hold them in place. Tie a loop of thin ribbon through the hole with a knot at the end.

Top Tip

Make your elephant on a glazed tile, which can be put straight into the oven or work on a piece of baking parchment, which can be transferred onto a baking tray. This avoids having to lift the FImo and helps it stay in shape.

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