How to make cardboard face cut-outs for your photo booth

Updated Sep 20 2019
How to make cardboard face cut-outs
Just me and number 10 (but can he be BIGGER?)

We've long loved the idea of having guests who can't attend or pets cameo at your reception with cut-outs of their faces. It's pretty easy: a print-out, a craft stick, and some glue. But what if you want a BIG face instead? You might see them at concerts and of course, in photo booths!

You can totally have big cardboard face cut-outs made at places like FATHEAD, Build A Head, or a local printer. That will get you the most professional output.

But big cardboard head cut-outs are easy enough to make if you've got the time and aren't already overburdened with DIY projects. Here's how to make cardboard face cut-outs…

What you need

How to make cardboard face cut-outs

  1. Find a high-resolution photo (of your missing-from-the-wedding friend, your wedding party members, your cat, David Tennant?! Quick tip: Google Image Search allows you to search by image size under "Tools.")
  2. If you want a larger head than regular paper-sized, try a free online poster creating site like Block Posters or Rasterbator. You just upload your high-res photo and the site will break up the image into regular paper sized pieces to print and assemble. Hurrah! If you want head-sized heads, just print them out on regular-sized paper. Easy peasy.
  3. Here's where the process can get tedious if you chose the big head option. Be prepared to get careful as you cut out the pieces of the face with scissors or an X-ACTO knife.
  4. Assemble your pieces and attach them with a little clear tape, just to hold them together.
  5. Cut out a similarly shaped piece of foam core board and attach the assembled face with some spray adhesive.
  6. Attach a wooden craft stick to the back, trim any wonky edges, and you're done!
  7. Optional: feel free to reinforce it all with some clear packing tape, but it's not that necessary.
If this seems like too much hassle…. you can always just order these custom BIGHEADS on Etsy.

  1. I really like the idea of using cardboard face cutouts for people who weren't able to attend the wedding in person. It's like they're attending in spirit *and* in photographic evidence.

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