How to manufacture a standee

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How to manufacture a standee
Life-like standees welcome customers into your store. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

A cardboard standee is an inexpensive solution with a lot of uses. You can put whatever you want on a standee, including people, advertising or any other photography or graphic. Add a conversation bubble to a life-size person standee to advertise to your customers. Use your standee to direct guests and customers. Cut a hole in the standee so people can take a photo of their face in it, and you have an interactive standee. Create a life-size, lifelike standee of your child for her birthday to welcome her party guests.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Large piece of foam board (optional)
  • Large sheet of cardboard
  • Box knife
  • Cardboard box
  • Brick or weight
  • Spray adhesive
  • High-quality photo
  • Foam paint roller
  • Measuring tape
  • Glue or double-sided tape

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  1. 1

    Determine the use for your standee. Create any graphics you will be using or take a photo of the person, animal or thing you want on your standee. Take the photo with a camera that is at least seven megapixels or the photo will be distorted when it is blown up.

  2. 2

    Measure the person you will be making a standee of, if you will be using a person. Measure the height and the width of the person at his widest, such as the shoulders. This will give you the size of the blow-up you need.

  3. 3

    Determine the size you want your graphics to be if you are not creating a life-size person standee. Identify the height and width of the standee you want.

  4. 4

    Take your photos and graphics to a copy shop, such as Kinko's. The copy shop will blow up the photo to your specifications on one sheet of paper, creating a more professional look.

  5. 5

    Lay your cardboard or foam board flat. Put a tarp or dust sheet under it if you are working inside the house on the floor or on a table, so you don't get glue everywhere.

  6. 6

    Trim your photo or graphic so that it is cut completely out before you glue it on the cardboard. Roll the graphic or photograph inside out so that the back of the graphic is facing out.

  7. 7

    Apply the spray adhesive to the cardboard and carefully roll the graphic onto the board. Remove air bubbles using the foam paint roller as you roll the graphic out. Roll it out slowly so that the graphic is straight and unwrinkled on the cardboard. Get at least one friend to help you with this step.

  8. 8

    Use a box knife to cut the standee out of the cardboard or foam board. Put something, like extra cardboard, under the standee while you are cutting it so that you don't cut into your floor or table. Leave a little space between the edge of the graphic and the cut to prevent tearing and nicking the graphic.

  9. 9

    Glue or tape a cardboard box to the back of the graphic. The box should be large enough to hold a nice, heavy weight so the box can hold up the standee. Do not choose a box that sticks out of the standee. Place a weight, brick or large rock in the box.

Tips and warnings

  • For more permanent standees, substitute ¼-inch tempered hardboard (masonite) for the cardboard or foam board. Masonite can be cut with a jigsaw or sabre saw.
  • Always wear protective goggles when using power tools.

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