I had a large cardboard box lying around that I really wanted to make something out of, and I happened across this website: http://www.cardboardsafari.com/
Inspired by their products, I decided to design and create my own cardboard animal bust. It was a pretty fun process with a satisfying result, so I thought I'd share my experience. Here's what you'll need:
*Cardboard - lots of it, preferably the same thickness
*Box cutter or good knife
*Glue (optional - a wire coathanger could work too)
Step 1: Imagine your design
I decided to make a giraffe because their horns and head shape are iconic and would hopefully be recognizable even if I messed up a bit. In order to create the bust, you'll need to have a good concept of the 3-d shape of the animal head. I just looked at lots of pictures of giraffes from different angles, until I felt that I had a good idea of what they were shaped like.
Step 2: Draw and cut the profile slices
You'll need to decide how many profile slices you want, and whether they will be parallel to each other or not. My design has three profile slices, so the center one is simply a regular profile, while the other two are slices from a quarter-way through the giraffe's head. I decided to angle those two slices inwards on the bottom so that they could go through the center of the horns at the top and help shape the giraffe's thin neck at the bottom. Giraffe's heads are wider at the top than the bottom when viewed from the front.
Once you've decided on your slices, draw them onto the cardboard and cut them out.