I was short on time so I hand painted mine with acrylic craft paint. I painted the word Christmas in red and the Elephant outline in black. I took my time and tried to keep as much paint off the outer surface as possible. I let the paint dry over night and through the next day.
Once again, I used acrylic craft paint to color the elephant white and I used some metallic silver for his toenails. Why metallic silver do you ask? Because it’s my elephant and that was the color that I chose. You may paint your elephant’s toenails whatever color you choose but do not come crying to me when you realize that my elephant’s toenails look better than yours.
To protect the paint I gave my elephant 3 coats of a satin spray polyurethane with a light sanding between coats. You can tell by the lack of a picture that I have not yet actually done this step yet but I highly recommend some kind of a protective coating be applied. Do as I say, not as I do.