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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.

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!

 

 

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)

Celebrate 4th of July with our U.S. Flag Birch Bucky!

If you are celebrating Independence Day next week, you are likely going to a party of some sort followed by a dazzling display of fireworks.

Whether you are attending or hosting, our U.S. Flag Bucky is the ideal centerpiece for your patriotic decor.  Made in the USA using environmentally friendly Birch Plywood, Bucky is the perfect way to commemorate America’s independence!

Order now to receive before July 4th!

Holiday Gift Guide

No one likes stress, and we certainly don’t want our customers to feel that way – especially during the holidays, when you know you’d much rather kick back and relax rather than spend hours trying to cross off everything on your gift list. This is our gift to you, to make things a little easier and these weeks a little more enjoyable. Make Cardboard Safari your one-stop shop this year with our Top 20 Gift Guide for the holidays and any day thereafter.

Lifelike Animals Set

Eyan the Elephant, Juliette the Giraffe, Leon the Lion, and Zoe the Zebra love to spend time together. This time, all four faux-furry friends have donned their true stripes, dots, and colors to create the Lifelike Cardboard Safari Animals Set.

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These guys are each pretty incredible on their own thanks to their beautifully realistic patterns, but make an even bigger impression as a group. The Lifelike collection will help you bring nature indoors, while making you forget that you don’t actually live in the middle of the Serengeti. Lucky for you, this crowd is probably a little more housetrained than their wild counterparts.

Fred the Moose

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“Fred brings joy wherever he goes,” says one happy moose owner. It’s hard to competewith a statement like that.

What makes Fred such a big ball of sunshine? This antlered ambler is spunk personified. His spread-eagle horns, handsome profile, and adorably intrusive nose give him a winning demeanor that’s equal parts classy and goofy. His design also features just the right combination of simplicity and complexity, as blank spaces and thoughtful subtleties complement one another from his antlers to the bell beneath his neck. Make a new friend with Fred this holiday – he’d love to brighten your day, everyday.

Bucky the Deer

Iconic, illustrious, world-famous: these are the words that best describe Bucky the Deer. Bucky’s been with the Cardboard Crew since the very beginning. He was the first cardboard animal head that we ever created, and has been the perfect foundation for our company to build off of. Basically, he’s kind of a big deal.

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Bucky is the kind of present that your friends and family will never grow out of. After all, we’ve kept him around for almost 10 years and have only fallen more in love with him as the time has passed. For a gift that sends the message of loyalty, affection, and good design sense, Bucky’s your deer.

Jack and Jill Masks

Jack and Jill went up the hill to… sculpt their faces in cardboard! That’s how the story goes around here. It’s much better than the original, because it ends with two cool cardboard products instead of a broken skull. Everybody wins.

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Whether or not you like our retelling, we bet you’ll like our Jack and Jill Masks. This pair is especially incredible because of the remarkable detail that goes into every feature. It looks as if Jack and Jill literally pressed their faces into a cardboard pin mold, and we’d stand behind that theory in a heartbeat if we didn’t know any better. Give the gift of humanity with Jack and Jill.

Vince the Skull

For your friend who wishes that Halloween never had to end, the doctor in your family, or simply anyone that could use a friend, Vince will do the trick. We found Vince at the three-way intersection of creepy, cute, and just plain cool. He’s got the eerie air of an October evening breeze mixed with the “aw” factor of your favorite stuffed animal and the aesthetic of the Old Masters. Equipped with a toothy grin, a sturdy build, a satisfying density, and a meticulous design, Vince is ready to rock the holidays.

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Vince comes in a variety of forms, from his standard brown and white to black and even zebra print. Don’t forget that you can upgrade to Vince’s Boxed Edition to include his special display case.

Pine Cones

pinecone_set_six_branch_001Bring the winter wonderland indoors with our Cardboard Pine Cones. These decorations will help you spread holiday cheer throughout the evergreen season, and make great accompaniments to traditional trees and wreaths. And, no sticky sap or rot to worry about – ever. Our pine cones are holiday gifts that will stick around for many, many snowfalls to come.

They’re unique, too. Where else can you find a foot-long pinecone? We offer our Cardboard Pine Cones in three sizes: small (4.5 x 6 inches), medium (7 x 9 inches), and larger than life (9.5 x 12 inches). Find one of each in the Variety Set, or double your collection with our Set of Six small pine cones for the same price.

Billy the Bison

Billy‘s got The Look. You know, The Just-Rolled-Outta-Bed Shaggy Look that’s all the rage these days. Just pick up any fashion magazine and you’ll find Billy’s influence everywhere. He’s the ultimate trend-setter. That’s why he would make the perfect gift for your fashionista friends and family members, or maybe those in your life who might need a little help in that department.

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His first piece of advice? “Work hard to make your hard work look effortless!” Billy has mastered this technique: each individual spike of fur around his mane has been carefully cut and groomed, but he still gives off a vibe of casual carelessness that will have you scratching your head about how on earth he does it. Maybe if you take him home or wrap him up this holiday, Billy will reveal the rest of his style secrets.

Fantasy Weapons

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Brand new to the fantasy lineup are our Cardboard Weapons, three fierce designs based on their historical and fanciful predecessors. Pull a Katana straight out of a Japanese history lesson or a scene from The Walking Dead, unsheath the Arming Sword in the name of King Arthur, and raise your Battle Axe like Gimli.

The world is your playground with our collection of weapons. These would make a great gift for fantasy bookworms or movie fiends, fencers, history buffs, and anyone with a bit of restless energy to get rid of. Make someone’s dueling dreams come true this year.

Eyan the Elephant

Elephants are wonderful creatures, plain and simple. Big, beautiful, boisterous, and benevolent: just look at this heroic clip for all the evidence you’ll ever need. Give Eyan as a gift to tell someone, “You are my beloved elephant in this crazy, mixed-up world”. We think it’s a pretty high compliment.

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Eyan features a design that is simultaneously powerful and delicate. Those broad ears stand strong and steady, with gentle folds carved subtly into their edges. That proud trunk makes a solid statement, and bends with careful grace. From every angle, Eyan’s got the best of both worlds.

Math and Science Set

Add some dimension to your education with our discounted Cardboard Math and Science Set, which includes a DNA Helix and Pi Wall Hanging. Give these pieces to teachers, scientists, mathematicians, or even kids who have no idea what they’re looking at yet – for some early inspiration.

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The DNA Helix is an intricate piece of work. Packed into its 14 inch tall frame are all the right nucleotides, hydrogen bonds, and base pairs in all their proper places – to the best of our printing ability. Our Pi Board is a dazzling celebration of the magical 3.14, decked out in rainbow layers on a bright red base. Put them together and you’ve got a combination fit for lab rats everywhere.

Safari Animals Set

In addition to their own individual listings, this Cardboard Crew also comes as a package deal in the Safari Animals Set. And when we say “deal”, we really mean it: buy Eyan the Elephant, Juliette the Giraffe, Robbie the Rhino, and Leon the Lion all together to save 10% on your purchase.

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The gang that explores together, stays together. In honor of the African Safari landscape that these animals all share, we’ve kept them united in that bond. They may not get along quite so well in the wild, but they sure are great friends in this environment. Give them all as a 4 in 1 present, or split them up to share the love.

Symbols

Symbolize your feelings for your family and friends with these marvelous wall hangings. There’s an option out there for everyone: our Hipster Combo in honor of your uncle’s new ‘stache, a Prohibition Sign for your teenage daughter who just can’t get enough alone time, or maybe a Lightbulb to hang in your pal’s new local business to inspire more bright ideas.

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Whatever the occasion or personality, our Cardboard Symbols can help you say what you want without saying anything at all. Save your words and send a message with symbols this time around, just to switch things up.

Tex the Longhorn

Tex the Cardboard Longhorn knows how to make an entrance. One look at those broad horns, and nobody will be able to turn away. When it comes to turning heads and catching eyes, Tex fits the the bill. bling_tex_glry_013

All this Longhorn wants for the holidays is a place to spread out and get comfy. His horns take up a lot of room, and he’s pretty tired of feeling so cramped in our warehouse. A nice open wall or mantle would make Tex jump for joy, at least in our imagination. Kill two birds with one stone by finding a spacious home for Tex and making his new owner happy with this fantastic gift!

Fleur de Lis Wreath

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The worst part about  wreaths is that they don’t last much longer than the occasion that you initially buy them for. Sure, they serve their intended purpose by making it until January before turning brown and falling slowly to the ground, but what about next year? Another purchase to add to the books? No, thanks. We prefer something a little more timeless, like our Cardboard Wreaths.

Wrap this Fleur de Lis Wreath up for someone that appreciates a gift that will hold up season after season. Plus, it’d be tough to twist leaves and branches into such an intricate design. There’s a clear winner here.

Shake things up even more with the Fleur de Lis Wreath in a colorful Mardi Gras print, which is also right around the corner.

North American Animals Set

Just like their friends in Africa, these North American Animal Heads come in a group for 10% off the total price. This set combines four magnificent creatures that you’ll find somewhere between the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, from your backyard to the mountain bushlands.

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This team represents the broad spectrum that is North American nature. We’re lucky to have all these cool critters under our roof, and they’re just the beginning! Celebrate a new kind of patriotism with these guys. You never know, you may start a new movement. Get that trend off the ground by sharing the North American Animals Set with the people on your list.

Rocky the Ram

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Rock on with Rocky the Cardboard Ram. All your favorite cliff climbers, wilderness wanderers, and peak pursuers will find something to love in Rocky. He’s rugged, striking, bold, and full of adventure – just like the wild, wild west.

When the outdoorsmen and women around you already have more gear and REI gift cards coming to them this holiday than they know what to do with, give them something different that still captures their free spirit. Rocky will become the best inspiration for all their mountain explorations in the new year, and you’ll get to be the mastermind behind it all.

Merlin the Unicorn

Merlin the Cardboard Unicorn makes dreams come true. Just imagine how excited your favorite little ones would be to find this fantastic creature waiting for them. And don’t forget the kids at heart, too – there’s no age limit on Merlin’s magical spirit.

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So what happens when our unicorn makes his amazing appearance among all the holiday festivities? Merlin has been known to cause extreme happiness manifesting in high-pitched squeals of delight, chaotic jumping, rapid clapping of the hands, and bear hugs. Be aware of these symptoms and take steps to protect ear drums, exposed toes, and delicate home decor.

Vintage Map Print Animals

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Where in the world are our animals? They may hail from Virginia, but they’re headed to new places all over the globe with our Vintage Map Print collection on Eyan the Elephant, Bucky the Deer, and Fred the Moose. From Boston and California all the way to Tokyo and India, plus so many more, these guys are really going places.

 

Fuel the jetsetter lifestyle with these geographic beauties. This creative twist on map decor could make a thoughtful gift for veteran travelers and novices alike. Anyone with a good dose of wanderlust will appreciate a print that whisks them away on an adventure with every glance.

Stewart the Bear

Ah, good ol’ Stu. Stewart the Cardboard Bear is a classic, just like the quintessential teddy that almost every kid grows up with from crib to college dorm and beyond. Our version is a little less cuddly, but just as adorable and much more remarkable to boot.

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Trust Stewart to guard his new home, while also charming the pants off of anyone who walks in the door. He’s the finest mixture of fierce and lovable that we know, which makes for a winning combination if we ever saw one. Let your recipients decide when they put Stewart together. The big smile you see stretch across their faces in that moment? That’s what Stu lives for.

Submarine Blimp

This cardboard creation becomes especially interesting when you realize that the Submarine Blimp is actually a transformer. Better still, it’s probably one of the easiest transformations ever – to make this little switcheroo from submarine to blimp or vice versa, just change the way you display it. For a deep-sea-diving sub, place it on a table. For a high-flying blimp, hang it from the ceiling.

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The Submarine Blimp is your best bet for fickle and finicky friends, so that they can give their decor a mini makeover on any passing whim. Everyone could use a change in scenery from time to time, anyway.

Re-Visit Children’s Building Project

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Super-Cool!  Check out this RE-VISIT to the Public Workshop at National Building Museum – Posted a year ago.  In March of 2011, Cardboard Safari created hundreds of cardboard disks for Alex Gilliam of Public Workshop for an interactive children’s project at the National Building Museum.  See this link for more info and images. Also some Flickr images here.

Quote from Anna “My son had a great time putting these discs together at the building museum. Are these going to be available as a product to buy?”  “Yeah! I Couldn’t Wait Any Longer”