How to Get Cardboard Cutouts of People

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How to Get Cardboard Cutouts of People
Consumers can order cutouts such as this one of Brad Pitt (John Shearer/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Cardboard cutouts feature life-size photographs of people placed on an easel. These cutouts stand about the same height of a real person. The person represented can be a famous movie star, recording artist or other celebrity, or it can be a generic representation, such as a waitress, a businessman or a chef. You can also get cutouts for a friend or the guest of honour at a gathering.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • High-quality photograph

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Select the image for the cardboard cutout. Companies that make cutouts provide images of famous people or characters and generic representations such as a police officer, astronaut, cowboy or a clown. You may also provide a photograph of a friend or colleague.

    How to Get Cardboard Cutouts of People
    Take a full-length picture of the person you want in the cardboard cutout. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)
  2. 2

    Select material for your cutout. You may choose cardboard, foam-core board or corrugated plastic sheets. Foam-core board is stronger than cardboard. It consists of three layers---an inner layer of polystyrene clad with outer facing of either a white clay-coated paper or brown craft paper. Corrugated plastic sheets are stronger than cardboard or foam-core board. The price of your cutout will be affected by the material you select.

  3. 3

    Select a manufacturer. Novelty companies make cardboard cutouts. Some reputable ones include CardboardCutouts.com, LifesizeCustomCutouts and Giftapolis.com. Some print shops offer this service as well, though they often send orders for cardboard cutouts to a custom manufacturer.

  4. 4

    Order your cutout far in advance of your event. Delivery and manufacturing times vary widely, and may take up to six weeks.

Tips and warnings

  • When supplying your own photograph, choose one that is 10 mexapixels or higher in density. This information is listed on the camera. Choosing a higher-quality photograph will prevent loss of detail when the manufacturer enlarges it.
  • Prices for custom cardboard cutouts can cost more than £55, as of March 2011. Premade cardboard cutouts of famous people, characters or objects range from £16 to £26, depending on the material you select as the backing for the cutout.

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