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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.

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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.

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Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.


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  1. 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. 😀

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