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3D Cardboard Decor

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A few weeks ago I received a parcel that I ordered from a website and I got 2 huge cardboard cartons with them as they were packed inside the carton and sent!

5 days ago I was about to throw those boxes away and then I had to wait a bit because the garbage collection truck didn't come yet, so I turn the TV on and went to BBC and they were talking about the 3 R's (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) and how to save the planet and how there is a lot of waste being produced etc, so then I thought for a while and decided that I will make something with the cardboard instead of just throwing it away. So then I go online and search for how to reuse cardboard, and after some searching I notice this:
http://www.ohbabystyle.com/browse.cfm/eyan-large-elephant-trophy/4,4932.html

After having a look at the elephant I was really amazed on how it was made, and wanted to buy it but then thought that 65$ for an elephant decor was just too much!

And then I suddenly realized that I had the 2 huge cardboard boxes with me, so I thought I could make one for my self, so then I thought about all the materials needed and had all of them at my hand, so I decided to make it!

After making one I thought it looked really cool and then wanted to make a deer one and I thought I would teach you all how to make it because I thought it was just brilliant and everyone should know how to make one for much cheaper(about 3-5$)

The only downside is if you do not have a laser cutter like me, as a laser cutter would give a precise cut and it would look really good, but the homemade ones will have some rough edges etc but its really really cheap, so I thought a little difference here and there would not matter much, and decided to make the deer as well!

After making the deer I wanted to try make some shapes as I had only some cardboard left (Not enough for another animal), so I made a sphere and a cube/cuboid and they came out really nice, so I will tell you how to make those as well!

I later spray painted them silver and figured out that the cardboard looked better in its original color rather than silver so I did not want to spray paint the deer as I didn't spray paint it by that time.

You could hang the shapes with string or attach them to the wall with nails or glue and as for the deer bust you can use nails to attach it to the wall or use glue or tape(Because it is very light), It looks really good on a white wall like the walls in my house.

So lets get started on making these cardboard decor!
 
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Flybell1 year ago
Thank you for the inspiration! I made a horse trophy head today.
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vishalapr (author)  Flybell1 year ago
That looks great !
Bb902e2 years ago
Nice !! I was taking a 3-D class and someone made one ,now I know how . Thanks!
vishalapr (author)  Bb902e2 years ago
Glad you learnt something :)

itsjustdoc2 years ago
This is awesome. What do you think of filling the deer's head-spaces up with papier-mache so's it'll look more deer-like and then painting it deer-like colors?
vishalapr (author)  itsjustdoc2 years ago
Superb idea....I will try do that soon! But then again this is supposed to be cardboard decor...maybe I will make another dear and add paper mache in the spaces and paint it!
Thanks ^_^
Emerzyme2 years ago
This is so cool! I decided to try it. I used a Grape Nuts cereal box. :)
I made a smaller pyramid and sphere. They aren't as detailed or neat as yours, though. What a fun idea!
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vishalapr (author)  Emerzyme2 years ago
Thos look great! You will be patched!
I like the pyramid even more!!!!!
collince2 years ago
i finished paper maching the deer head it went ok still trying to upload the pics...
vishalapr (author)  collince2 years ago
cool!
collince2 years ago
I saw this super cool unicorn kit for 34 bucks!! also at urban out fitters...
vishalapr (author)  collince2 years ago
Unocprns Rule!!!
Thank you so much for making this!!! I saw this a few months ago at Urban Outfitters for like you said 60- something dollars, and I refrained from buying. Thank you!:)
vishalapr (author)  symphonyinmymind2 years ago
Welcome! Glad you liked it!
collince2 years ago
i'm going to try to paper mache it wish me luck :)
vishalapr (author)  collince2 years ago
Paper macheing it is going to be a hard job! Good Luck! And after you make it please post pictures of it as comment replies thanks!
NE patsrock3 years ago
this is sooo cool i luv the deer head
vishalapr (author)  NE patsrock3 years ago
! Really glad you liked it! I too like the deer head the most...I started with the cube, then made the ball and then the deer head!
This is awsome!!!
vishalapr (author)  Electronics Man3 years ago
Thanks! Glad you liked it!
apfeffer3 years ago
Excellent! Voted! :D
vishalapr (author)  apfeffer3 years ago
Thx Glad you liked it!
splazem3 years ago
Cool beans!
vishalapr (author)  splazem3 years ago
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I'm bringing back the phrase "cool beans." Don't worry, it's a compliment! I loved what you did, especially the dear!
vishalapr (author)  splazem3 years ago
Oh Thanks! Glad you like my deer!
Yup!
splazem splazem3 years ago
I meant deer. Sorry!
mikeasaurus3 years ago
Nice work, and all without a printed template.
I've seen the deer head for sale for about $40USD in a store.
vishalapr (author)  mikeasaurus3 years ago
Yup there is no template for this project!
Glad you liked it!

And yeah 40$ is a lot whereas you can make your own for 2-3$, in my case 0$...
But I bet if I sell this I would get about 2$ maximum...
sunshiine3 years ago
Wow! This is totally awesome! Definetely voting on this.
vishalapr (author)  sunshiine3 years ago
Thx Glad you liked it!
I love it! And you could even sell them without running afoul of the law!
vishalapr (author)  CatTrampoline3 years ago
Please vote for it in the contest if u liked it enough!
And about the selling bit, I have never sold anything so....I really don't know and am not really that keen on selling these!
I already voted for it! I vote for all the ones I really like. About the selling - most crafts take so much time to make that they aren't practical to do as a business. I was just comparing the cardboard art wildlife to the perils of trading in real wildlife parts. here in Texas it is traditional to decorate your house with deer heads and cow horns.
vishalapr (author)  CatTrampoline3 years ago
Thx
Nice job. I noticed that you cut the slots for the head from the bottom. Might be a good idea to cut them from the top so your dividing pieces are sitting in the slots as opposed to hanging from them. This will mean they won't drop out if you make them a little loose. Hope you don't mind me saying :)
vishalapr (author)  MrF_DT_teacher3 years ago
Thats a really nice idea will do that when I make any other cardboard projects like this! : D

Thanks for the great tip!
Maybe you could vote for this, if you liked it!
Thx
I vaguely remember making much cruder animal frameworks using this method as a base for paper mache many years ago. These are done so nicely that they are art in their own right.
vishalapr (author)  CatTrampoline3 years ago
Thanks and if you have any pics of those things you made then please add them as a reply to this comment! I would be glad to see them!
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