Cardboard Animals


If you search for “cardboard animals” on Google, guess what the number one link is? That’s right! It’s my blog posts about all of the cardboard animal construction we did at work a couple of years ago. It’s about time, too. I’ve been in the top ten for quite a while, but I finally outplaced a few other sites about making small scale animal cutouts out of cardboard. :-)

Happy birthday, Michael!

Happy birthday, Lynn! This is a very special limited edition combination cardboard animal clam plus underwater diorama all in one!

Happy birthday, Delores!

Carrie and I finished JP’s diorama at work today (his birthday is tomorrow). This one might need a little bit of explanation after the jump.

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Now that the “Age of the Giant Cardboard Animals” has passed, a new age has dawned. The “Age of the Dioramas” is upon us. In response to growing anticipation, Carrie and I unveiled the first three “beta” dioramas. We’ve got a little ways to go to get these up to the quality of the cardboard animals, but you have to start somewhere.

We decided to go with Dioramas for several reasons:

  • We wanted something with a little more room to be creative than the cardboard animals allowed. We wanted to expand into vegetables and minerals as well.
  • Camels and zebras, even cardboard ones, are not known for their portablility. The dioramas can be worked on at home (at least partially) to put an end to late night animal building binges.
  • We wanted something smaller because our crowded office space was getting even more cramped. This made for some interesting office politics (why does the giraffe get more space than the VP?).
  • And finally, we needed something different because some potential corporate investors just don’t see the humor in giant cardboard animals (not naming names).

The first dioramas are of a confused camel (?) in the desert, a hockey game using a turtle for the puck, and a crazy monkey eating a Dairy Queen banana split in the middle of the jungle. Astute observers of cardboard animal history will notice a pattern here. Those coworkers who were fortunate enough to receive cardboard animals last year will have that animal included in their dioramas this year. Next year, all bets are off.

I dug my old yearbook out of the attic and scanned a picture of the Original Cardboard Animal. My friend Jeremy and I built “The Burro” in our junior year of college and we set him up in the computer lab in the library where we both worked. You will also notice “The Squirrel” in the upper right corner of the photo. I’ve got a few other college yearbook pictures in my personal gallery.

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