Cardboard Safari

8 Aug

Our nursery’s theme is something along the lines of woodland creatures. So far I’ve only been working on sewing projects for the space, so up to this point it looks like a showroom for my novice skillz.

Yeah, that’s right.

Skillz with a Z. Get over it.

Anyway, the room is in dire needs of wall art. I have a few ideas in mind, but while ruminating on those, I came across Cardboard Safari.

This little business makes animal busts out of cardboard that you assemble and hang on your wall. Talk about whimsical fun!

Image c/o Cardboard Safari

Image c/o Cardboard Safari

So, I ordered a small buck bust for the nursery. When it arrived, I assembled it and it seemed…. unfinished.


I contemplated what to do. Do I cover it with paper? Do I decorate it with a bedazzler?

I eventually opted for the high-risk route of painting it.

Paint + cardboard = certain disaster, right?

At first, I felt like I made a huge mistake. As in, I almost threw the whole thing into the garbage a few times. Each side took three layers of paint, and I was certain the whole thing would turn out terribly.


However, I stuck with it. Tenacity, am-I-right?

I’m glad I did – the project actually turned out pretty well.

The moisture of the paint did warp one or two of the cardboard pieces just a tiny bit (where they bowed in a certain direction), but that was straightened out once painting was finished and I reassembled the bust.

I think the final result adds a fun element to the nursery.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI used Martha Stewart’s craft paint in Satin, color Surf.

4 Responses to “Cardboard Safari”

  1. jackievernon August 8, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

    That looks so cool! I love the color you chose as well. Another craft complete for the nursery!

    • tealandtulle August 8, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

      Thanks! I wasn’t so sure up until I reassembled it that it would turn out. Good thing it did – I would’ve been PEEVED to have wasted $30 ($25 for the bust, $5 for paint)! Whew!

  2. Kelley August 8, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    LOVE THIS ! Always a creative twist and so colorful!

    • tealandtulle August 8, 2013 at 11:18 am #

      Thanks Kelley! 🙂 We’ll have to make TWO for you.

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