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DIY Hand Held Face Cut Out Photo Board

Updated on November 29, 2015


I had a stand at a local bridal fair a few weeks ago and I wanted to do something that would attract attention to my stand but that wouldn't cost an arm and a leg to execute. I originally wanted to set up a photobooth but I found out that we were not going to have that much space to set up in, so I had to think of something that would be simple, affordable and that would fit in the allocated space.

So I decided to make these cute Bride and Groom Penguin Face Cut Out Photoboards. Even better, I made them small enough to be hand held, which means I didn't need to build a stand. These are great and can be easily set up and transported.

Penguin Bride - Rough Sketch
Penguin Bride - Rough Sketch
Penguin Groom - Rough Sketch
Penguin Groom - Rough Sketch
Use a mask to get the right shape and size for your face cut out
Use a mask to get the right shape and size for your face cut out
Our cat wasn't that excited about posing for our photo!
Our cat wasn't that excited about posing for our photo!

You will need:

- 2 x A1 Pieces of Cardboard (These need to be thick and not flimsy)

- Picture template

- Paint & Paintbrushes

- Sticky Tape

- Craft Knife

- Pencil


1. Draw the outline of your picture (penguin) in pencil onto the piece of card.

(tip - trace a dress up mask to get the right shape and size of the face cut out, all I had was a scary skull, but it definitely did the job)

2. Paint your picture as you like. Don't worry if it doesn't come out perfecty. I discovered that the photos look more fun and creative when the picture is more "cartoony"or child-like.

3. Using a craft knife, cut out the face part of the picture.

(tip - I used some masking tape around the edge of the face cut out to smooth the edges).

4 . Once both your boards are painted and the paint is dry, place the front down on the ground. Using a wide clear cellotape, stick the two pieces together to create on photo board that folds in half. I included this step to ensure that both the boards were always held at the same height.

Now you are ready for hours of photo fun. When taking a photo with your board try to crop the picture to include just the boards with no backgrounds, or you can edit your photos afterwards.


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