How to Make Life Size Photo Cut Outs

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How to Make Life Size Photo Cut Outs
Greet your party guests with a life-size cutout of you (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Life-size photos can be used for marketing and for directing customers and travellers. You can use a life-size cutout at a birthday party, and everyone can take a photo with the "guest of honour." Cut out the face and let people stick their head in the hole to take a photo as a body builder, bikini model, funny character or as you. Create your own life-size cutout for your next party and see who mistakes it for you.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Large sheet of cardboard
  • Cardboard box
  • Double sided tape
  • Glue
  • Foam paint roller or sponge
  • Utility knife
  • Heavy rock or brick
  • Packaging tape

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  1. 1

    Take a photo of the person. It will need to be at least seven megapixels so that it is not distorted when you blow it up.

  2. 2

    Take your photo to a copy shop and tell them how large you want it. The copy shop will give you the photo any size you wish, and it will be high quality.

  3. 3

    Glue the entire photo to a large sheet of cardboard. First, roll up the photo inside out. Apply glue to the cardboard in small sections with a small foam paint roller and slowly unroll the photo onto the cardboard. Use a clean roller to roll out any air bubbles. Use only a thin layer of glue so the photo does not get too wet or damaged from the glue.

  4. 4

    Cut out the photo and cardboard using a utility knife. Cut slightly outside the actual photo so that any mistakes are hidden or can be repaired.

  5. 5

    Put a heavy rock or brick inside your cardboard box and seal it with packaging tape. This will hold your cutout in place and give it support.

  6. 6

    Tape the cardboard box to the back of your life size photo cutout using double-sided tape. Make sure it is secure, and then stand it up.

Tips and warnings

  • Tempered hardboard or masonite can be used in place of cardboard to create a more permanent life-size photo cutout. Simply cut it with a jigsaw.

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