All posts by Michael Coleman

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!

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.

Check Them Out!

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!

 

 

Contour Panel Wall Art

Show Off Your Eco-Style!

Here at Cardboard Safari our designers are constantly pushing the envelope when it comes to new products.  Our Contour Panel Wall Hangings are no exception.

Made from NUAF and CARB certified Baltic Birch plywood and Paperboard, our Contour Panel wall art features a 3D relief sculpture that pops into view when viewed from an angle.

Our contour panels make for a great conversation piece for your office, home or apartment!  Choose from our Watershed, Droplet, Meander, and our new Continent designs!

Check out the video below featuring our Large Watershed design!