Helena the Hippo

By  Meggan Maravich 

size: 10" tall

  • Helena the Hippo


  • Recycled plastic gallon milk jug
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Baby Blue, Snow White, Carousel Pink
  • Blue cardstock or construction paper, 12” square
  • White cardstock or construction paper, two 1”x2” strips
  • Wiggle eyes, two
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, ruler, paintbrush, sponge scrap, black marker, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Pattern - Helena the Hippo

  • 1. Cut top from milk jug, creating wide opening for mailbox.
  • 2. On covered work surface, use sponge scrap to sponge paint milk jug Baby Blue. Let dry. Sponge paint milk jug Snow White. Let dry.
  • 3. Print out pattern.
  • 4. Use paintbrush to paint hearts inside of ears and nostrils Carousel Pink. Let dry. Use black marker to outline hearts.
  • 5. Glue teeth on back of mouth. Glue eyes, mouth, and teeth on head. Glue head on jug.