Leo the Elephant

Leo the Elephant

You’ll never meet an elephant quite like Leo. He is special in so many ways, including his pillow shape, which is perfect for nighttime snuggles or long trips in the car.  

Fun Facts About Leo

  • He's super friendly: He'll even share his favorite peanuts with you
  • He loves hugs: His pillow shape makes for the perfect cuddle partner
  • He loves to explore: Leo loves going on trips & exploring new places


Designed by: Charlie

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The story behind Leo the Elephant

What inspired the creation of Leo the Elephant?

My son Charlie, the creator of Leo the elephant, says that his elephant was inspired by an ABC animal book that his kindergarten class was reading this past school year. The children were told to draw and color a picture of an elephant and Leo the Elephant was born.

elephant drawing
elephant tshirt

What makes Leo so special?

When he brought his picture home, my wife, our other two boys and I LOVED the picture he created. It was so cute and somehow possessed Charlie's personality perfectly—silly, fun, and wonderfully different. We went on a family vacation this summer and my brother-in-law made some T-shirt stamps using Charlie's elephant as inspiration for the design. Everyone loved it! I had heard of a company that would create stuffed animals from children's drawings and we're so happy we decided to try it out. We hope that others will also fall in love with the adorable elephant that our son Charlie created.

Was Charlie excited for his creation to come to life?

We did not tell Charlie that we were turning his drawing into a stuffed animal. It was a complete surprise. We opened up the box and said "Charlie look! It is your elephant!" He was so surprised and happy. Charlie ultimately chose to name his elephant Leo, one of many names that he and his mom, Elizabeth, were throwing around.

custom elephant stuffed animal

Plush Details

Size: Available in 12”

Materials: Super-soft plush with hypoallergenic polyester plush filling

Turnaround Time: Once the campaign reaches it’s preorder minimum, the plushies will be produced and shipped within 6 - 8 weeks.

Please note: There may be reasonable variances between mass produced plush and sample shown

Empower ... Celebrate ... Encourage

The Budsies Market is all about celebrating creativity and empowering artists to launch their own plush toy lines

Q: Why did you create the Budsies Market?

We believe independent artists can create stuffed animals that are more unique, adorable, and cuddly than the mass produced plush pumped into your local retailer. Our market empowers creatives around the world to launch their own huggable stuffed animal lines, while we take care of all the behind-the-scenes production and fulfillment magic. Having made over 40,000 custom stuffed animals for artists young and old, we’ve seen the most amazing designs and can’t wait to share them with the world.

Q: Why do campaigns have quantity goals?

The minimum threshold lets us keep the price of the plush affordable.

Q: What happens if I pre-order a plushie that doesn’t reach the minimum order?

Anyone who pre-ordered your item will receive a full 100% refund within 5 business days of the end of the campaign.

Q: How do I get a stuffed animal made of my own design? (or my child’s design)

You can order your very own custom stuffed animal at Budsies.com. Once your plush is produced, please reach out to us at [email protected] to set up your own campaign on our Market.

Q: What is the return policy? 

If the plushie is damaged, lost, or doesn't meet your expectations, you can send it back to us within 12 business days and we'll refund you in full.

Q: What if I have to cancel my order? 

If you have any issues, questions or concerns, please contact us at [email protected]

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