How to Make a Cardboard Standee

Written by edriaan koening
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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.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

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

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    Store the picture in a USB stick.

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    Cut the cardboard to follow the outline of the picture.

  6. 6

    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.

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