I got the inspiration from Etsy when I saw these cute elephants for something crazy like $40, not even framed. And I thought, I can totally do this myself. I just need some time to do it. Start to finish, I bet it took me a month to complete (because I am like that).
I found the cutest possible elephant outline picture and drew one myself. This took me maybe an hour to draw, re-draw, erase and perfect. Get a snack, go to the bathroom, perfect and finally cut out the stencil.
Trace and cut out the other elephants in contrasting colors. This took me a LONG time. It took me a long time at Hobby Lobby picking out the colors. Should I pick green? Grey? White? All print? I am happy with the result of light grey, dark grey, white and grey/white chevron. But I sincerely stood in the paper aisle for about 45 minutes. Sweating.
I picked up about 2 weeks later (and after I spilled some water on my light grey, so I needed a replacement). Did you know Hobby Lobby is not open on Sundays? Lame! Anyway, I was deciding which elephant should go on what paper. Also which ear should go on what elephant. These are the big decisions people! I used a basic glue stick to get the elephants to just stick. I didn't want them smudgy or messy.
Now, two more weeks later, I actually found the correct frames (at Jo-Ann Fabric!). I did hunt for the 12x12 white frames and it was no small task. Hobby Lobby, no. Michaels, no. Kohls, no. Jo-Ann, YES!
Here is the mostly finished project. I still have to actually hang them, but here they are in all their 12x12 glory in the room (Sherwin Williams quietude paint).
10 pieces of paper for 57 cents each - always half off =$2.85
4 frames $19.99 buy one get one free = $42.78 (plus now I have an extra frame)
Scissors and glue I already had.