All Things Fall

We love Fall season here at Cardboard Safari.  The steady hum of machines running, the cool Central Virginia weather, and the fact that we get to ship some of our favorite cardboard and wood products to our customers.

We have selected some of our best selling products, and some new ones, that we think you’ll love.

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Cardboard Leaf Wreath

Bamboo Organizational Boxes

 

Pumpkin Yard Signs

Cardboard Pine Cones

Custom Tombstones

Cardboard Skull Wreath

Vince Cardboard Skull

Adirondack Chair Coasters

Redefining Functional Decor – Organizational Box Set

Our in-house designer, Will Green, talks briefly about the inspiration and intention behind these beautiful boxes.

“One objective of the boxes is to be universally useful.  Some container shapes are naturally re-occuring because they find second lives with their users–cigar boxes, shoe boxes, chocolate boxes, mint tins.  These shapes co-evolve with our modern lives and needs.  A second objective was to encourage a peaceful existence with simple design.  The only brushstrokes were those necessary for clarity of function. Proportions align, straight edges stack crisply, lids find home easily and rest comfortably.”

The boxes come with uniquely designed lids for stacking.

The level of detail on these boxes is astounding.  Look closely at how each side of the box fits together to give each seem a threaded look.

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Happenings: Charlottesville Ale Trail – Custom Beer Bottle

 

 

We recently had the opportunity to collaborate with the Charlottesville Ale Trail!  Charlottesville Ale Trail was started as a way to promote the growing brewing industry in the City of Charlottesville.  We manufactured a giant beer bottle, complete with a custom label, to celebrate their launch!  Thanks to Made in Charlottesville for the connection!

If you are interested in custom work e-mail us at orders@cardboardsafari.com!

What We’ve Been Up To – Google Android

For our most recent custom project, we collaborated with Google Inc. to design and manufacture a cardboard Google Android!

If you find yourself at Google’s Mountain View, California campus, you’ll be sure to see our Cardboard Android!  You can also find them online at the Google Online Store!

5 Beautiful Cardboard Decor Ideas For Your Kid’s Playroom

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Children love spinning stories while playing. While decorating your child’s playroom, it isn’t enough to merely use vivid colors and textures: you need to provide them with stimuli that makes them think, create and laugh. There is nothing more suited to this than cardboard decor for your child’s bedroom.

Your child’s imagination truly runs rampant while she or he is engaged in play. By adding cardboard decorative pieces to their bedroom, you can give them the perfect canvas on which they can paint their imaginative stories. Here are 5 cardboard decor ideas for your child’s themed playroom.

  1. Dragons for Fantasy Lovers
    If your child particularly loves fantasy, give her or him a page out of their very own fairytale! You can decorate their playroom with vivid blue walls, and paste customized stickers of a large palace. You can even make a project out of it by painting the palace with your child! Add gothic lanterns as part of the themed decor. The piece de resistance of the room will be a magnificent large 3-dimensional dragon, made out of laser design on cardboard. In tune with the theme, you can have the dragon guard a treasure chest filled with your child’s toys!
  2. Unicorns for a Rainbow Themed Bedroom
    It’s been found that the more colors you surround yourself with, the more creatively you are inspired to think. This is especially true of children, who are intuitively attracted to bright, happy colors. For a playroom, you can definitely consider getting a rainbow color scheme. From painting the walls in Vibgyor stripes to literally painting a rainbow over a monochrome wall—there are a number of ways you can make your child’s playroom colorful and fun. The best accessory for this rainbow scheme is a cardboard unicorn head. You can consider getting a white unicorn head for brightly colored walls, or a pretty blue and pink printed design unicorn for a minimalistic one.
  3. Cardboard Astro Rocket for a Galaxy Theme
    Some room designs never get old—and space-themed rooms possibly top the list. There are a number of things you can do for this: you can paint the ceiling in textured midnight blue, with splatters of white to represent stars. You can even hang mobile models of the solar system.  The best part, you can fulfill your child’s dream to be an astronaut by getting her or him their very own rocket. Get a large rocket to place by a shelf, or a smaller one that your child can zoom around with! 
  4. Animal Heads for a Safari Theme
    If your child keeps wanting to go to the zoo, why not bring the zoo to her? You can decorate the room with curtains that have animal prints, put customized stickers of tropical plants on the walls and add real plants for good measure! You can even get or design a toy storage box shaped like a safari jeep. The typical color scheme for such a room is yellow and green, to make you feel like you are right in the middle of a dense forest. The best part of this theme is that you can get colorful and ultra-realistic cardboard heads of all the animals your child loves: lions, giraffes, elephants, and zebras! Not only will your child love this jungle jamboree, he or she will end up learning about each animal, thanks to their intricate detailing!
  5. A TV Set for An iPad
    Children these days are so committed to digital screens, that it is nearly impossible to separate them from the home iPad! If they are extremely fond of watching shows on the iPad then there is a good chance they aren’t maintaining correct posture while staring down at their screens. A good (and fun) way of countering this is investing in this funky Safari TV iPad Stand. Designed to look like a retro TV, this cardboard holder provides a durable stand for your iPad. You will be able to set it on the desk or a shelf so that your child watches shows with the correct posture and distance. Its adorable size and design make it perfect for any room. It is very light, so you can even take it while traveling!

Cardboard is light, non-toxic and durable, making it a safe decor option.  As these cardboard pieces are all made of recycled material, replacing your plastic decor with these pieces will ensure that you’re doing your bit for the environment. Cardboard is versatile so it can be fashioned into anything from miniature skyscrapers to intricately designed showpieces. Apart from using them in your child’s bedroom, you can also incorporate these fun ideas in your living room decor, bedroom decor or as decor piece for your garage to give it a fun update.

Author Bio:
Jessica Smith is a working mom and a passionate writer. She enjoys writing about the latest home decor and lifestyle trends all around the globe. She has been working with Elite Garage for sometime now. Through her writing, she hopes to influence as many people as possible to help build a beautiful home and space.

Leah Yellowbird Printed Animal Heads

The intricate patterns of these designs were created by Leah Yellowbird (leahyellowbird@gmail.com), a Native American artist based in Minnesota. We’ve had the pleasure of providing Leah with the birch plywood base forms of our product for her to embellish with her detailed paint work. We then scanned her original patterns and printed them onto corrugated cardboard to make a more affordable product to share with a broad audience.

 

Intricate, graceful, thought-provoking and prolific — words that have been used to describe the elaborate masterwork of Leah Yellowbird. Originally a traditional bead-worker, she identifies strongly with her First Nations Algonquin-Metis and Anishinaabe heritage. At a young age, Yellowbird learned from her extended family how to follow traditional beading patterns and has been working in this medium her entire life. This knowledge, combined with her creative eye and exploration of color, has spilled over into the realm of painting, and she is now well-regarded for her work in all mediums.

Yellowbird describes her process in the context of survival; painting and beading are like breathing to her. She draws inspiration from the traditional art forms of her ancestors while adding a modern voice to the imagery, the result of which evokes a sense of nostalgia and wonder. Her work is a visual manifestation of time, each dot embodying a moment and a prayer. Using precision, pressure and symmetry, her pointillistic style leaves viewers humbled and curious — they walk away having seen something they’ve never seen before.

Visit Leah’s site to learn more about her work: http://leahyellowbird.com/

Leah Yellowbird’s art print heads are now available in recycled cardboard.

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Our New Bamboo Fruit Bowl – Bold Design – Functional Decor

Looking for a bold center-piece for your counter top or console table?  Our Bamboo Fruit Bowl is the perfect table top accent for your home.

Made from environmentally friendly bamboo, our fruit bowl utilizes the living hinge design, giving it a modern look while increasing structural integrity.  Choose between blond and caramel finish.  Product measures approximately 11″ D.

As you know by now, all our products come packaged flat with instructions making assembly a breeze. The Bamboo Fruit Bowl isn’t any different. Simply stretch the main bowl piece like an accordion (living hinge in action!) and clip it to the base.

At Cardboard Safari we are constantly pushing the envelope in product design and development.  This may be one of our boldest designs yet!

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Beauty In Details

Since Cardboard Safari was founded, we have always encouraged our customers to stretch their artistic legs and customize our products using paint, glitter, paper mache and more.  Ten years later we are still amazed at all the ways artists use our products as canvases.

Long time friend and collaborater, Leah Yellowbird, is no exception.  She took our Contour Droplet Panel  and, using paint, created this masterpiece!  See more images below.  The detail is astounding!

We will be sharing more of Leah’s work in the coming months.  In the meantime we encourage you to use Cardboard Safari products for your next crafting project!

Personalized Brewery Signs: The Perfect Father’s Day Gift

Personalized Brewery Signs

Just in time for Father’s Day!

Add your name, location and date to personalize these brewery signs for your home, office or man cave.  A great gift for the man who has everything. Surprise him with a personalized brewery sign!  Made from environmentally friendly birch plywood, our custom brewery signs are multi-layered and Pop off the wall with dimensionality and creativity. The perfect Father’s Day gift!

 

CLICK HERE to view all styles in detail!

 

 

 

Holy Unicorn!

Crafty Customers

One of the biggest problems when crafting is knowing where to begin.  You have a vision for the project but implementing it is often more complicated than you realize.

Thankfully, Merlin the Cardboard Unicorn is the perfect template for creating one-of-a-kind designs that will have your friends asking “How did you do that?!”

One of our customers recently told us about their experience using Merlin as a template and shared with us the amazing results!

“My husband, Kevin made these by adding paper mache and acrylic paint. He was commissioned to make them for a mythology themed restaurant and they turned out so well that we ordered more to make some for our house and our friends and hopefully some to sell!”

Merlin the Unicorn is one of our most popular products and a favorite amongst our crafty customers.  Be sure to check him out!