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Make A Rocking Elephant

Create something the kids will love with this cute rocking elephant

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Whether it’s a gift or something to keep the kids happy, our rocking elephant project is the perfect way to make something personal your kids will love and treasure forever. Follow our step-by-step tutorial to get started.

  1. Download the elephant stencil PDF and print. The stencil is A1 size, so if you have an A4 printer it will need to be printed as separate A4 pages. To do this, select the ‘tile’ option in the print dialogue menu before you print. Your printer will then print out the stencil as 8 separate A4 pages. Alternatively, you can take the stencil file to a local printing shop.

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  2. Using masking tape, stick the separate A4 sheets together.

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  3. With a sharp knife, cut out the template elements.

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  4. Stick the template to the plywood and carefully draw around it.

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  5. Remove the paper template. Your plywood is now marked and ready to cut. Repeat this for all of the different template elements.

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  6. Select the correct setting for your Jigsaw.

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  7. Carefully cut around the template.

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  8. Using a drill and a 22mm Forstner drill bit, cut out a hole for the eye and tusks.

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  9. Repeat.

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  10. Carefully sand the wood to ensure its smooth to touch.

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  11. Start to assemble the elephant. Apply wood glue and then slot the wood into place. Make sure the wood glue is completely dry. Follow pack instructions.

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  12. Repeat for the seat and ears.

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  13. Drill a hole for the elephant tail.

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  14. Glue the front legs to the base ensuring they are centrally positioned.

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  15. Apply glue and slot in the front legs to the body.

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  16. Now glue and attach the runners. They should be 20cm from the end of the runner to the back leg.

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  17. Attach the front of the runner using a drill/driver.

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  18. Slot in the elephant tusks and handle using glue to secure.

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  19. Attach the tail using glue.

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  20. Finished. You can now wax or stain the elephant if you wish.

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Make A Rocking Elephant