Category Archives: Decorate It Yourself

Leah Yellowbird’s Detailed Designs

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Meet Leah Yellowbird, American Indian artist.

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And admire her amazing work!

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 You can imagine the awe that swept over us when we received these photos from Leah Yellowbird, our new line of birch plywood products all dressed up in bright beaded suits.

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We were even further blown away to learn that these are not beads at all, but dots of paint applied with a spotter brush.

Leah paints each piece with incredible detail.

Even though some of her work is not visible once the animal is assembled, the animal is reborn with heart and spirit.

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Says Leah,

In my culture we have a “circle of life,” it means to represent all colors of people being together as one. The colors are red, black, yellow, and white. And the tourquise stone is important to us as well. So I did this bear as the circle of life colors . . . He has the strength of all people in the spirit of the bear.

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Leah Yellowbird poured hours into these designs, drawing inspiration from the beading work she did in her youth, applying traditional Indian ways to these North American animal heads, infusing them with profound significance and artistry.

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Says Leah Yellowbird about her work,

I am an American Indian artist trying to understand the world and express myself through learning and practicing the traditional art forms of my Anishinabe people. My preferred medium has been beadwork for many years and I hadn’t painted for about 20 years. I recently decided to try expressing my beading tradition with paint & canvas. I hope that you find my efforts successful.

Each canvas is painted “as if I was beading it” with millions (OK, maybe only hundreds of thousands) of small dots of paint to make the finished piece.

My inspiration is given to me by my ancestors in the way of dreams. “When I wake up from one of these dreams I have seen the completed work and feel compelled to draw and paint the vision as it was given to me”.

My message or point of view is very simple. “Seek harmony.”

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We are so very honored that Leah choose our products as a canvas.

These and other amazing works will be displayed in a show she will have in November,

A Magical Journey with Leah Yellowbird. 

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 Please follow her on Facebook!

Visit her Website.

And if you are anywhere near Duluth, MN, do go and see her show on November 6 at Trepanier Hall at 212 W. 2nd Street.

It is sure to be a magical journey!

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We wish Leah all the luck in the world with her work and look forward to seeing more photos!

To learn more about the Anishinabe people, please check out the following websites!

www.anishinaabemdaa.com

https://intercontinentalcry.org/indigenous-peoples/anishinaabe/

www.ojibwe.org/home/about_anish.html

www.anishinabek.ca

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Thank you Leah Yellowbird for sharing your talent and traditions, and for making this world a more beautiful place!

My Cardboard Safari

We are continually impressed by the creative customization our friends and customers make on their Cardboard Safari products.

You can see some of these customizations on our Pinterest board, My Cardboard Safari. You can also see some of the clever ways our products are displayed on In the Wild and In the Shops.

A few fantastic photos have made their way to social media recently.

Virginia is proud to have a mermaid swimming in its waters, and Cardboard Safari is proud that Mermaid Hannah Burgess has made a Mini Tail of Finneas!

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Erik Davis is a loyal and long time customer, and has fashioned a beautiful stand for his Vince Skull.

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There are also some tutorials online from customers who have stylized their cardboard products, such as this step by step How-To on decorating Merlin the Unicorn.

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By the way, if you like the Houndstooth look, available on our website are a few Elephants sporting that pattern!

Vat19 also has a few decorating tips in this fun video.

Have you stylized your Cardboard Safari product? If so, we would love to see it and share it! Send images to social@cardboardsafari.com. Or post it to FacebookTwitter, or Instagram and tag us! You can also use the hashtag #MyCardboardSafari.

Look for the Rhino!

Safari Scraps: Make a Planet Mobile

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Not only do you end up with an amazing and unique piece of home decor when you assemble a Cardboard Safari product, you also end up with cardboard scraps for further crafting. For example, the disks that you punch out when assembling the Astro Rocket can be turned into a planet mobile.

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Punch out the disks and color with your favorite medium. Crayons, pencils, markers, and paints all work great.

If you dare, pull out the glitter and add some bling!

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We decided to use dress pins to secure the thread. We tied the thread on, pushed the pin in, and that was that. We needed to clip just one of the pins with wire cutters as it came out the opposite end of the tiniest disk.

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Remember, cardboard AND pins are sharp, so small children should work on this with adults. Or in our case, big sisters.

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We attached our planets to an embroidery hoop. But you can use a number of  materials: Wire, sticks, bamboo skewers. . . We tied yarn to four sides and knotted a loop at the top for hanging. Ribbon would also work well. And then we attached the planets.

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It was a fun family project and a fanciful addition to our home.

Galactic accuracy is not necessary!

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Have rocket, will travel!

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Look for the Rhino!

Wish Upon a Fish

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Whether you are fishing for a mate, a job, or dinner, Wayne the Bass wants to make sure you succeed.

He is happy to hang around and wait for a catch, and may inspire the perfect line.

Have some secret wishes? Write them down on colorful scraps of paper, roll them up, and incorporate them into Wayne’s scales.

He will protect your dreams and serve as a reminder that patience reels in great rewards!

Wayne wants to wriggle into your holiday scene. He makes a great Advent calendar or Hanukkah day counter with plenty of compartments for notes, trinkets, and shiny objects.

Wayne is the fish that keeps on giving!

Goal Achieved

You Did It! Thank you friends of Cardboard Safari! Your votes are in and we’ve achieved the goal! As of this morning we’ve received 384 votes on the Missionsmallbusiness.com site. This is fantastic and we’re now qualified for an opportunity to be selected as one of 12 businesses to receive a $250,000 grant.

We Love French Paper


We love French Paper – Here at Cardboard Safari we love the many beautiful choices created by the French Paper Company, America’s family run paper mill established in 1871 and is in its sixth-generation, family-owned, iconic designer paper manufacturing. Celebrating their 141st Anniversary this year 2012. They even produce their paper using hydro-electric power.

Robbie the Rhino Sighting at Art Fair Gallery


Cardboard Safari’s Robbie the Rhino becomes contemporary art being customized with a variety of Papier-mâché creations. Cedric Vernay Contemporary Art Show, SMART-Aix 2012 in Aix en Provence France fashioned Robbie into fascinating works of art. We’re excited here at Cardboard Safari seeing how our products can be so beautifully modified.

Supporting Computers For Kids


Cardboard Safari supports the local Charlottesville Computers4Kids mentoring program by donating used computer equipment. We are happy to be part of the Charlottesville business community helping our youth with a safe and fun place to learn after school. C4K is a excellent way for our youth to gain the technology training they need to get ahead, and the tools they need to do so.