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Vintage Fridgie Diet Reminder Elephant

This was one of my most popular crafts to sell in the 60s. The foam is not the same now as back then, but it is more dense and easier to work with. A great little tuck-in gift for secret pals, friends, and loved ones.


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  • magnet strips
  • sheet of pink foam
  • black Sharpie
  • 1/4 inch ribbon
  • Tacky white glue
  • wiggly eye 12mm
  • spoke sequin
  • alphabet macaroni


  • Print out the templates on page 2 and cut out.
  • Lay on foam with wrong side up and draw around the pieces with the Sharpie.
  • Cut out the pieces and turn the pieces right side up.
  • Glue the tail piece over the head piece.
  • Draw in the details on the ear, the trunk, and the toes.
  • Tie the ribbon into two little bows and glue one to the ear and one to the base of the tail.
  • Glue a couple magnet strips (about an inch long) to the back of the elephant. I placed mine one behind the ear and one about where the tail is.
  • Other Options

    You can cut a small piece for the tail as the photo shows, or you can draw it on as the template shows. You can draw the eye on or you can use the wiggly eye and half a sequin. Also, if you can find alphabet macaroni, you can glue it on in place of the sign, spelling out "I'LL START MY DIET TOMORROW."


    The instructions are also in a PDF file for which you may need Acrobat Reader to view. Download Acrobat Reader

    Click Here to download the Elephant Diet Reminder Instructions in PDF format.

    By Harlean from Hot Springs, AR

    About The Author: Harlean Greathouse is a mother of three who has been married for 45 years. Long time readers of ThriftyFun will probably recognize her as Harlean from Arkansas, the name she has posted under as a valuable member of the ThriftyFun community. She specializes in wood crafts and enjoys designing crafts using recyclable materials, knitting, crochet and has been an arts and crafts vendor for over 35 years. Harlean has a CD available with 11 unique crafts designs for only $5.00 (including shipping). For more information visit:


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