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.
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.
Size: Available in 16”
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
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]
We'll send you a reminder as promised.
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*Order placed today are guaranteed to ship in time for domestic US Postal Priority Mail holiday deadline.
International orders are shipped via First Class Mail so delivery date cannot be guaranteed. Capacity is an estimate subject to change (impacted by daily order volume, difficulty of orders, and our design team, among other factors).
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