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About This Project

This model was designed as a downloadable reward for those following the Herd of Sheffield using the Herd app.

Participants were encouraged to visit a number of elephant sculptures that had been customised by local artists. Using the app, participants could scan a QR code found on each sculptures base to receive discounts from local stores as well as this papercraft after a number of codes had been scanned. The model was blank allowing people to draw their own design onto the elephant much like the local artists had with the larger sculptures.


Alex Josephine Gwynne is a graphic designer and paper engineer with over a decade of experience designing paper toys and paper crafts.

Alex has turned their obsession with paper based design into a career designing for a wide verity of clients including game developers, book publishers and educational providers. Their constant drive to create engaging paper products and international exhibition pieces has lead to numerous awards and seen their work featured in news papers, magazines and BBC television. Overall Alex believes in the power of paper as a 3D medium and lives by the mantra “limitation breeds innovation” striving to find elegant solutions to complex problems.


HERD of Sheffield Logo

The Herd of Sheffield was a charity event held in the summer of 2016 in Sheffield, United Kingdom. Wild in Art organised the public art trail which was run in aid of the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity. The theme of the project revolved around a series of elephant sculptures that were customised by local artists. In total, 58 large elephant sculptures were designed and auctioned to raise money for the Sheffield Children’s hospital.

How To Build

 – Download
Click the download button above to receive a .zip folder, inside this you will find the flat template of the paper toy along with a reference photo. Selected Fold Up Toys also include blank versions of the template. Open the flat template in your image viewer/editor of choice and print.

 – Print
Print the model onto paper or card, Fold Up Toys recommends a 250gsm card stock for best results, however all models on the Fold Up Toys website should work perfectly well on standard A4 printer paper. On the bottom of the flat template you will see a recommended card stock weight (e.g. 250gsm) for this models specific design.

 – Cut
Cut the model out along the solid outline, some models will have sections that need to be cut with a craft knife, younger builders are recommended to get help from an adult.

 – Fold
Follow the key on the models flat template, folding up or down along the dotted lines as instructed. Some model builders like to score along the fold lines (go over the lines in advance) with a craft knife or empty ball point pen to get a more precise fold.

 – Glue
Most models have numbered tabs, glue the tabs in order to complete the model. If you get stuck, feel free to message the designer using the contact page with a photo of what you’re working on and they’ll be happy to help you.

 – Share
Share your creation on social media, it’s always fun to see Fold Up Toys out in the wild. Be sure to share it with the designer @Paperfolderman on Twitter and @folduptoys on Instagram. You can also e-mail a photo to

Change Log

 XX/XX/2016 – Model designed.

 06/01/2018 – Portfolio item uploaded to FUT website

16/04/2019 – Altered page layout to make new 2019 standard template.


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