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How to Make a Cardboard Standee

Updated February 21, 2017

Movie theatres often use cardboard standees to promote movies. They grab attention, they are fun and some people even like taking photos with them. You can similarly use a cardboard standee to get your business noticed. For personal use, the possibilities are endless. Use it to spice up party decorations, for pranks or to have a celebrity live in your room. Make a head-sized hole to turn it into a photo-op standee at events.

Prepare a picture for the cardboard standee. If you want to make a life-size standee, use a camera with at least seven megapixel resolution or higher.

Store the picture in a USB stick.

Take the USB stick to a copy shop and request that they print it to your size specifications.

Glue the printed picture onto a piece of cardboard. Use a clean foam paint roller to go over the picture to minimise bubbles and wrinkles.

Cut the cardboard to follow the outline of the picture.

Cut out a smaller piece of triangular cardboard to serve as a base. Create a small flap where the base would meet the main piece and attach it at a 90-degree angle to the back of the main cardboard piece.

Things You'll Need

  • Camera (optional)
  • USB stick
  • Glue
  • Foam paint roller
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape (optional)
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About the Author

Edriaan Koening began writing professionally in 2005, while studying toward her Bachelor of Arts in media and communications at the University of Melbourne. She has since written for several magazines and websites. Koening also holds a Master of Commerce in funds management and accounting from the University of New South Wales.