How to Make a Cardboard Cut-Out

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How to Make a Cardboard Cut-Out
Old cardboard boxes can be turned into life-size cardboard cut-outs. (cardboard box image by MAXFX from

Cardboard cut-outs are life-size images of people or characters placed onto cardboard backings so that they can be used as decorations at parties. Cardboard cut-outs of famous people or movie characters can often be seen at children's birthday parties, and cardboard cut-outs of athletes have been found at championship game parties as well. Though they can often be purchased at local party stores, creating one at home from materials you already have is significantly less expensive.

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Things you need

  • Cardboard sheet
  • Computer with Internet access
  • Glue
  • High resolution digital photo
  • Utility knife

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  1. 1

    Visit the website of the software program "The Rasterbator" (see Resources). The Rasterbator is a program that will allow you to rasterise images, which means turning them into pixelated images. This is necessary to print your image larger than normal sizes. On the home page, select "Rasterbate online." You will be asked to download the newest version of Flash player if you do not already have it installed.

  2. 2

    Upload a picture to the site by selecting the first option, or choose the section option listed to search for a high resolution photo online. To print a life-size photo of a person, the image size should be at minimum 3 megapixels.

  3. 3

    Edit your photo by cropping it to the necessary size on the screen that appears. This is denoted as step 3 on the site, and you will automatically start on "Crop" mode. In the control box on the right hand side, select the paper size that you will print on. Select "US letter" if you are printing on a home desktop printer with 8.5-by-11-inch paper. When finished cropping, select the button for "Size mode," and determine the number of sheets your image will be printed on by manually dragging the photo on the grid shown. The number of sheets and the physical size of your poster will be shown at the bottom of the image. Select "Next" when finished.

  4. 4

    Adjust the printing options. Select "Multi-color" for your poster to print in full colour. Leave the dot size at the automatic setting. Deselect the border box if you do not want a border printed around your photo. Click "Rasterbate!" when finished.

  5. 5

    Click "Save" on the pop-up that appears to save your Rasterbated image file to your computer as an Adobe PDF file. Print this file.

  6. 6

    Lay out the poster sheets on a piece of cardboard. Glue them down in the correct order to create the image.

  7. 7

    Use a utility knife to cut around the image.

  8. 8

    Cut a right triangle out of the remaining cardboard. Glue one of the edges of the cardboard triangle to the back of the cut out to stand it up.

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