When you first think of animal heads hanging on the wall, what image appears? My mind races back to memories at the rec room during summer camp where I would sit under a big elk making friendship bracelets. Now let me be honest 鈥 that taxidermy animal head was pretty creepy, and would never hang above the mantel in my apartment, but it still has a nostalgic place in my heart. The makers at Cardboard Safari have updated this ancient decoration and made it oh-so-less creepy by using recycled cardboard and our favorite tool: the laser cutter. It鈥檚 a breeze to put together and even more fun to DIY. Follow the steps below to learn three different tricks to customize your very own cardboard animal head.

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Unicorn Head

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Materials + Tools:

cardboard unicorn head

鈥 gold paint

鈥 paint brush

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We decided to give our unicorn a glided horn by painting different sections of the cardboard to update the unicorn鈥檚 look.

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The laser cutter never fails to amaze us. The extreme precision of the cuts makes for a super easy assembly and leftover time to decorate!

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Follow the instructions to put your unicorn head together. Each piece is numbered or lettered, so you鈥檒l know exactly which slit belongs in what slot.

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Attach the head onto the backboard and then adorn with paper mane.

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Always be yourself, unless you can be a unicorn. In that case, always be a unicorn.

Elephant head

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Materials + Tools:

cardboard elephant head

鈥 spray paint

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Pop out all the pieces and get ready to assemble!

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Start piecing everything together. Soon you鈥檒l see the amazing detailed elephant figure, husks and trunk included.

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A quick layer of spray paint will turn your elephant into a statement piece of 3D wall art.

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Anyone remember Elmer the Patchwork Elephant? He would be proud of this colorful elephant head.

Deer Head

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Materials + Tools:

cardboard deer head

鈥 painter鈥檚 tape

鈥 X-Acto kinfe

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Pop out the pieces and start putting them together, following the instructions provided.

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Use patterned tape to cover the front and back side of the antlers. Cut away the extra tape with a sharp X-Acto knife. Make sure you also cut away the tape from the numbered slits.

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Patterend antlers FTW!

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Slide everything into place and secure to the baseboard.

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Hey! Whatchu lookin鈥 at.

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Three best friends 鈥 the gang鈥檚 all here!

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Make your cardboard animal head feel at home by dressing up your walls with other animal-themed art work.

Get the look

1. Zebra No. 1 ($21): Animals, flowers and patterns 鈥 what more could you want!?

2. 2016 Healing Wreath Wall Calendar ($25): Can we wear that flower crown everyday? Please and thank you!

How do you feel about the cardboard animal head? What types of DIY tricks would you use? Tell us in the comments below!