Category Archives: New Products

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!

 

 

 

Our New Maryland Flag Crab Clock

Maryland Flag Crab Clock

Put your love for Maryland on display with our Maryland Flag Crab Clock! This American-made Maryland State Flag Crab Clock makes the perfect home accent for both modern and traditional décor.  Made from environmentally friendly CARB certified Baltic birch plywood, this two-tiered clock features the Maryland flag in the shape of the legendary Maryland blue crab.  It’s the perfect wall decoration for your beach house!

All clocks are packaged flat for shipping and include detailed instructions.  One clock per package.

Clock Dimensions: 11.5″d x 0.75″h in

Made in the USA

In addition to FREE SHIPPING, enjoy 15% off this item using the promo code MARYLAND

(Through Saturday July 22nd)

History of the Katana

In honor of our new Cardboard Weaponry, let’s take a trip back in time and across the globe to explore the story behind one of our most culturally significant creations: the katana.

Say hello to feudal Japan, circa 1400. The katana first appeared around this time in the Muromachi Period, and acted as the next version of the more basic tachi sword.  The difference between the two began as a pretty nominal one, because some samurai prefered to carry their swords with the sharp edge facing up instead of down. Thanks to these early trendsetters, the nature of Japanese combat took a giant step forward. That simple change, which makes it easier and faster for warriors to pull out their weapons, marked the beginning of the katana’s path through history.

Swordsmiths caught on to the movement and started to design their weapons with the new style in mind. The katana’s most distinguishing characteristics are the way that it is worn (in that efficient edge-up fashion) and the placement of the maker’s signature. Because samurai carried their katanas upside-down in comparison to tachi swords, swordsmiths also switched the placement of their signatures to the opposite side of the blade so that their names would remain visible on the outside of the katana. This is probably the best way to tell what kind of sword you are looking at, since the carry method can be a bit unclear when it’s not strapped onto someone’s back.

Now, time for a real kicker: traditional katanas are not made of cardboard! Shocking, I know. Unlike our version, which is pretty fierce in its own right, true katanas are so strong because they are built from a Japanese super-steel called tamahaganeUnfortunately, Cardboard Safari didn’t quite have the resources to replicate that intense process. But hey, ours is much safer to keep in the house.

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!

Wood You Check These Out!

By popular demand we’ve released an exciting new line of wood products.

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You asked and we answered!

The ever iconic Bucky Deer, Fred Moose, and Eyan Elephant are now available in a beautiful Birch Plywood in Medium and Large size options.

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We’ve  also added to our Medium Sized wood line: Billy Bison, Robbie Rhino, Merlin Unicorn, and the US Flag Buck.

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Sturdy and stunning, they are a valuable alternative to our recycled cardboard line and have a beautiful grain and color variance.

Perfect for living room, office, nursery, or dorm, these unique forms will impress your friends!

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It’s not too early to start considering gifts for the holidays.

A gift from Cardboard Safari will bring delight to young and old alike.

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Celebrating the Rainbow Flag!

In celebration of Equality, Love, and Magical Unicorns, we’ve released a couple of Stunning Rainbow Products.

Our Word Craft Rainbow Wall Art says it all:

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unicorn_rainbow_001The Rainbow Love Text can be displayed on Wall, Shelf, or Table. 

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It is Strong and Solid,  just like Love!

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The Rainbow Unicorn is a Friend to Young and Old alike.

His Unconditional Affection will remind Everyone that Love really does Win!

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100% American Made, These Colors Don’t Bleed!

Be Bold and Display them with Pride.

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P.S. We also have a Rainbow Love Set, at 10% off the full price.

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow. . .

. . . there is an awe inspiring crew of characters that would love to hang on your walls! fantasy_pc_04_satu

 Nikita our Cardboard Dragon is a hot new product and will fiercely protect your home, your child’s nursery, your dorm, or your office!

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Choose brown or white in our standard Micro, Junior, and Large sizes. You can also display her with wings, or without. 

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 Why not get a dragon mother and her flameling?

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And don’t forget about our Merlin Unicorns. They come in all sizes, in the standard brown and white, and in some fancy prints as well.

One of my personal favorites is the starburst print, available in purple, blue, and gold.

Truly a Magical Merlin.

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 Not into Unicorns? How about Zombies? Edgar Zombie might give your brain a boost as you assemble this clever cardboard creation.

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 Another great companion is Vince Skull. Micro Vince comes in brown, white, zebra, and black. There is a also a Large Vince, our very Special Edition Vince, and our Vince Wall Skulls. Gather them all around you for some inspiration!

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Invite this cast of characters into your lair!

Or check out our website for more creature creations!

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P.S. If you like buying more for less, check out our very cool Sets!