A Toothbrush Fit For an Elephant

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Here’s what happened. One day, we were innocently perusing the internet when we stumbled onto Fun at Home With Kids, a way-cool blog by Asia Citro. And we saw that she and her kids had made elephant toothpaste. What the what? 

It’s true, and we wanted to try it out, too. So we did, and it was a big hit and did exactly what it was supposed to do, foaming and growing all over the place. Beckett and Fen and her BFF couldn’t resist jamming their hands all into the stuff and playing around.

Elephant Toothpaste • Artchoo.comI highly recommend making this outside or in an area that’s easy to clean up.


We thought the elephants were pretty lucky to get such cool toothpaste, but how were they to brush those mammoth teeth of theirs without a toothbrush? Surely we should help them, or they were in danger of having terrible breath.

elephant1Photo credit: TeryKats / Foter / CC BY-ND


Here’s what we did to make our elephant toothbrush:




Put the shipping box together and wrap it in white paper, present-style. Paint it with your favorite color of paint, and let it dry completely.


Cut 3 pieces of foam to the same width as the board and approximately 9″ long. Tape them together with 2 small pieces of duct tape (this is so they don’t shift during hole-poking.) Poke holes in even rows over the 3 layers of foam- we did 18 rows of 10 holes each.

elephant toothbrush project • Artchoo.com


Fold each pipe cleaner in half and poke the ends up through 2 holes. This is surprisingly fun to do; sort of meditative.

lacing pipe cleaners


elephant toothbrush head


Glue the toothbrush head to the handle with Aleene’s tacky glue. I’m loving this stuff and using it more and more lately.

Behold your giant toothbrush, which will makes some elephants extremely happy.

Make an Elephant Toothbrush • Artchoo.com

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  1. 08/30/2013 / 9:00 pm

    I have only one thing to say…I LOVE YOUR BLOG! That is all 😉

  2. 08/30/2013 / 9:12 pm

    YOU DID IT! I loooooove it! Best Elephant Toothbrush evarrrr! You rock, Artchoo!!!!!!

    • 08/31/2013 / 7:41 am

      YAY!!! This was one of those projects where I was dumb-giggly the whole time. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. 08/30/2013 / 9:21 pm

    This is truly awesome! I saw in on Kid Bloggers and had to stop by to tell you how wonderful I think it is.

    • 08/31/2013 / 7:42 am

      Aw, thanks! It was fun to come up with- it’s just hanging out in our bathroom now.

  4. 08/30/2013 / 9:35 pm

    Ha! This is fantastic!

    • 08/31/2013 / 7:43 am

      Thanks Dyan! It was fun to try to figure out how to make it- my step son actually came up with the pipe cleaner idea.

  5. 08/30/2013 / 9:57 pm

    You are just plain awesome! Love this so much!

    • 08/31/2013 / 7:45 am

      Ha! Thanks Chelsey- now I want to make all sorts of giant items; I don’t think my husband would be too excited, though. 🙂

  6. 08/31/2013 / 2:20 am

    Hilarious! And sooooo cool! I love it. I’ve been wanting to make elephant toothpaste with the kiddo for awhile…we’ll have to make a toothbrush to go with it now. 😀

    • 08/31/2013 / 7:49 am

      Yes! The elephant toothpaste was such a fun experiment, and the kids thought it was pretty ridiculously funny to have a toothbrush to accompany it.

  7. 09/02/2013 / 3:20 pm

    Love that big toothbrush!

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