Tag Archives: Unique Gifts

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!

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)

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.

Lifelike Safari Animals Set

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

Fred_mooseFor the best description of Fred, we turn to one of our favorite product reviews of all time:

“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.



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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.

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.

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.

Feeling Creative

We’re always feeling creative at Cardboard Safari. One of our designers, Louis Shultz is also a skilled cabinet maker. Being resourceful he is building a product-development prototyping table for our design team, Louis (himself) and Nate Main. The table will be a very functional work station for their exploratory minds creating new product mockups.