Summer event boards

Get your Summer event boards designed soon!

Don’t laugh! Right now we might be scraping ice off our cars every morning, but the weather will be warmer before we know it, and the Summer events season will be upon us. Our first Photo Cutouts were born from the traditional idea of the Summer seaside face in the hole board, and they are still timeless classics. We started out with cheeky traditional boards like ‘Fat Lady on the Beach’ and ‘Skinny Jimmy the Lifeguard’. Now we’ve got a lot of varied designs that come at the classic theme from different angles. Here are a few of them. They might give you an idea for a design of your own (you can have logos, branding etc. on your board to promote your brand, cause, or event!)

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We can make a totally unique custom board for you – find out how here.

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Our Summer event boards have all the fun of the seaside. We update the designs all the time to bring something new to the concept. The boards are printed with your own design or ours – if you have artwork to send over, we’ll print it for you onto durable, waterproof PVC board that’s sturdy and stands on stable feet so it won’t blow over or fall down in anything except a hurricane (not wishing to tempt fate!)

Summer photo opportunity board
Check out the super sturdy feet!

If you want to tell someone about Photo Cutouts, why not download the leaflet below and send it to them? It has all our contact details on it. Just right click, download and email it to them!

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In case you haven’t seen it, here’s our A4 leaflet. Share it with friends who might like a photo cutout board!

Start planning your Summer event board now – get in touch with Photo Cutouts at or call us for a friendly chat on 08450 570321!

The perfect finishing touch to a wedding

Here’s how the lucky winner of a wedding photo cutout board used it at her wedding, with photos kindly provided by her.

In January 2017 whilst planning her December wedding, Lucy Bevan visited the Newmarket Wedding Show and and was lucky enough to win in the competition run by the organisers.

Imagine her surprise and delight when she was drawn to win a photo cutout board by us for her big day! She chose the gently humorous ‘Ball and Chain’ board and it got plenty of use at the reception, held at the beautiful Barrington Hall and overseen by wedding coordinator Vanessa from Rocks and Frocks. The wedding photographer Daniela K Photography included the board in a number of artful shots.

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The board in place before the reception …
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… in the background as guests took their places …
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… and guests taking part!

Guests took photos of the couple posing in the face in hole board and shared them on social media.

Wedding photo board hire

Here’s what Lucy had to say to us about the board hire from Photo Cutouts and our service for the special day:


Glad you liked the pics. So we are now Mr and Mrs Aveston-Viner.

We found the vendors really helpful at the wedding show, along with you guys we also booked our suits and the chair covers in with vendors we saw at the show.

We had the chapel hill duo play the violin and cello for us in the church along with the choir and red double decker bus take our guest too and from the church. In the evening we had our bridesmaid, Jenny Warnes, sing our first dance followed by 3 more songs, then a DJ from Pro Event Hire play for the rest of the evening.

I found you guys extremely helpful, you replied to my email straight away and organised everything with the wedding planner, I didn’t have to do anything! The board was delivered and collected without any problems at all. It was there ready the day before which gave us plenty of time to decide where we wanted it and to have a go in it first!

Would definitely use you again for other events and loved the garden games you also do, if ours had been a summer wedding we would have had the golf going on!

Married life is going great! We got married on our 11th year anniversary so was lovely to finally tie the knot and have the amazing wedding we ( I ) had dreamed about.”

So thank you Lucy for sharing your wedding photos with us! We wish you every happiness for the future as Mrs Aveston-Viner!

Lucy chose one of the boards from our wedding collection.  We also make custom photo cutout boards that are personalised with the names of the bride and groom and can carry any special message you want to communicate to guests.

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Folding boards make transport & storage a breeze!

New folding design takes up half the space

Photo Cutouts’ product innovation is driven by our customers. So when a customer said that one of our standard boards wouldn’t fit into her small car to drive it to her exhibition venue, we had a bit of a brainwave.

We could have supplied the board in two pieces and let our customer put it together. But we thought we’d go one better. We gave our customer a board that simply folds in two for easy transport and storage.

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Here’s our design wizard Jim with a folding board (Well most of him – he’s a bit shy)

Feedback from the customer was positive: the folded board was easy to carry, set up, take down and store for the next event, taking up half the space a regular board would when folded. As a result, we’ve added folding boards to our range of options. Here’s the new website page about this convenient new option.

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A folding board erected in a couple of minutes

Because of the extra work involved, folding boards do cost a bit more than regular ones. But if easy transport and storage is a must for you, it’s an option worth considering.

The legs and feet attach to the board with bolts that are easy to affix with a 10mm spanner (supplied with the board). They are lightweight aluminium and sturdy enough to keep the board upright in moderate winds. With the legs attached a folding board is just as rigid as a one-piece board.

Why not compliment a folding or one-piece custom board with some bespoke branding props to position strategically at your event? They are made of the same lightweight, weatherproof PVC as the face in the hole boards and can be contoured to any size and shape.

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Custom branding props from Photo Cutouts

And to add some extra fun to photos, grab some speech bubbles as well. Dry-wipe or permanent, these hand-held props look amazing in photos and can carry whatever message you want to communicate.

Hand held speech bubbles

Get in touch to discuss your requirements!

0845 0570321

Experiential Marketing with photo cutouts

Are you promoting a business, brand, or cause? Then you might have heard of experiential marketing, also known as event marketing and engagement marketing. The Content Marketing Institute listed it as the number one most effective marketing tactic in a survey, with 72% of marketers saying it was the best.

So what is experiential marketing? Quite simply, it is involving the public in experiences that involve the brand. Rather than just telling them your brand is fantastic, experiential marketing gets them interacting with it themselves and developing a personal bond. Your product or cause becomes a part of their lives.

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Photo cutout boards are a simple but effective example of experiential marketing. Instead of remote, detached hoardings and banners, photo cutout boards are designed to be interacted with. When a couple of people poke their faces through and take a photo, it personalises their relationship with your brand and sticks in their memories. The photo is also a permanent reminder of your brand. And they will quite likely share it on social media so others will see it too.

We have sold hundreds of custom-made photo cutout boards to brands big and small for use at promotional events. One thing they always say is that the boards helped drive more people to their trade stand or increased the number of people stopping for a free sample or to sign up to donate.

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Design is very important for a photo cutout board to be effective. Our team of in-house designers will look at your brand and come up with ideas of how to get its central message across in an image with face holes. We work with you until you are happy with the design and make sure the placement of logos, hashtags etc is ideal.

Then we print it in full-colour high resolution onto durable, weatherproof PVC board which is attached to sturdy metal feet.

We’ve also thought about practicalities like transporting the boards to and from your events. We’ve now added a new option to our range – the folding photo cutout board! It is like a regular board except that it folds in half for easy transportation and storage. So there you have it – the ideal, portable experiential marketing prop!

Check out our folding boards page here

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Save space! Our new design folds in half so you can easily carry it around or put it in the back of a car.

Find out how to order a custom photo cutout board to promote your brand or cause at

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Keep Britain Tidy sweeps up 3 boards!

Have you read about ‘Trash Girl’? Nadia Sparkes, 12, of Norwich, has been in the news lately for her commitment to keeping her neighbourhood spick and span. She simply picks up all the litter she finds on her way to school and bins it. Well done Nadia!Keep Britain Tidy

The story has developed, though, because of the bullying she has had about it – including being dubbed ‘Trash Girl’ by sneering classmates – and her ignoring their taunts and refusing to stop picking up litter. Now she has the last laugh because she is a media hit. She has already been immortalised in a cartoon as a superhero:

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Keep Britain Tidy Nadia Sparkes

… and had a tribute from van artist Ruddy Muddy:

Keep Britain Tidy Trash girl Nadia Sparkes
Nadia Sparkes has even had a tribute from dirty van artist Ruddy Muddy

… and now a Photo Cutouts blog post! Trash Girl, we salute you!

Nadia has been approached by Keep Britain Tidy for an interview and looks well set to become a spokesperson. Which leads us neatly into the reason for this blog post: Photo Cutouts have supplied a board to Keep Britain Tidy and two boards to Blue Flag, the clean beach organisation.

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Blue Flag are clearly happy with their boards, which will be used at the forthcoming Keep Britain Tidy Network Conference and Awards at the Hilton Metropole in Brighton.Blue Flag England

Photo cutouts are a proven attraction at trade shows, conferences and events. They create a focus for public engagement and a great photo opportunity. If you wish. we’ll include hashtags for social sharing.

You can get involved with keeping Britain clean by picking up litter yourself, and if you want to take it further you can get into Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean from the 2nd to the 4th of March 2018. Join the growing army of #LitterHeroes who have had enough of other people’s litter and are willing to do something about it.

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Photo cutouts at large right now

Central tweeting: Vaillant

A certain bunny enjoyed one of our Photo Cutouts boards at this week’s launch of boiler company Vaillant’s new magazine for installers. Johann the Bunny is named after the company’s founder Johann Vaillant, who invented the closed-system gas-fired geyser in 1894. Here is the rabbit version of Johann fooling around in the special hand-held face in hole board we made for Vaillant’s magazine launch. We don’t blame him. When there’s a face in hole board to play with, what’s a bunny to do?

And of course a lot of people used it too.

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Another hand-held board, coincidentally (our boards are usually free-standing and 6 to 7 feet high, though we can make any size required, including folding boards). This one is for NowPressPlay, an educational technology startup who wanted the board for the Bett (British Educational Training and Technology) Showat Excel in London.

now>press>play is an immersive audio resource that engages primary school children in the curriculum through emotion, imagination and movement.

They are getting maximum mileage out of their Photo Cutouts board by including it in a blog post, sharing it on Twitter and Facebook, and holding a social media contest for the best photo with the board using the hashtag #pinkheadphones. The prize? A free month of their product. Smart marketing!

Nuts Over The Atlantic: update

Charity fundraising face in hole boards photo cutouts

The brave lads from Nuts Over The Atlantic  describe themselves as ‘4 distinctly average guys rowing across the Atlantic for #Movember’. But their achievement is anything but average. At the time of writing they have been rowing for 44 days and are under 800 miles from their goal on the American side of the big pond. Their autotiller broke but they have fixed it, they have of course grown beards and have been lashed by storms and huge waves. But they’re still on target!

Nuts over the Atlantic photo cutout

Before they set off on their odyssey we made a Photo Cutouts board to promote their campaign. Nearly there lads!

So that’s just a sprinkling of the boards out there being used to promote campaigns, product launches and brands at trade shows. We can only really blog about the ones that who have posted photos – not everybody does, which is fair enough.

To get a board designed for your campaign, brand or product launch, visit our site , email or call 0845 0570321!


The London Boat Show

Photo cutouts rock the London Boat Show

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All aboard! They went overboard for our boards at the London Boat Show (enough board puns- Ed)

It just so happened that our MD Richard, a keen boater, went down to the London Boat Show to have a look round and ‘not buy any boats’. And what do you think he spied, apart from lots of salespeople and lots of boats he wasn’t going to buy?

Why, two of our fine boards being used to promote a business, of course! Our eagle-eyed MD took a few snaps.

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The boards helped to create a buzz around their exhibition stand

The ABC Leisure Group asked us to make two custom boards to promote their boat hire business. Here they are at the London Boat Show as the public get drawn in to interact with them for a photo opportunity. A great chance for the salespeople to talk to them about boats!

We made one narrowboat board and one river cruiser board to reflect the range of boat hire options ABC Leisure have to offer. They were a real hit with the public, lots of whom posed in them for a photo. Here are just a few:

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Cast off your business with a photo cutout board
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Nothing narrow about the reach of a photo cutout board

We put the hashtags #londonboatshow and #inlandboating on the boards to encourage social photo sharing. In fact we found the above photos on Twitter using those hashtags! That’s a powerful added dimension to photo cutout boards: people love to share their face-in-the-hole photos!

Is your business attending a conference or exhibition this year? What kind of photo cutout board would best represent your brand? We have years of experience in designing boards that get a brand’s message across effectively, with bold bright colours and an element of fun to draw people in.

To start designing a board for your business, just call 0845 0570321, email or visit our site!

Marketing a business in 2018 with Photo Cutouts

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Get people into your brand – literally!

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Frank’s Hot Sauce turning up the heat on their brand marketing with one of our boards

The thing business owners and marketers crave more than any other is engagement. This means people interacting with the brand in some way, seeing it as a friendly presence in their lives, and talking about it. Engagement can happen on social media, on internet forums, in real life, on the phone, in blogs, and any place where people interact. This generates brand familiarity and leads to more sales.

Photo cutout boards are effective for marketing a business because they create a focus point for people to interact with the brand in the real world. We’ve all seen them around: a logo, a tagline and a mascot (think Tony The Tiger for Frosties) with the face cut out for people to put their faces through.

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Viasat launched their Epic Drama Channel with a period face in the hole board

This is a great way for people to literally get into a brand. A photo cutout board is bold, bright and colourful and puts your brand right in front of people and invites them to play with it. It’s a photo opportunity many people can’t resist, and when they share their photos, guess what – there’s your brand in the photo!

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The Jelly Lounge use our boards to increase interaction with their brand

Photo cutout boards serve as portable advertising hoardings that passers-by will see, even if they choose not to interact with them. So the brand has been publicised right there. Unlike simple hoardings, though, photo cutout boards are down at ground level and invite people to put their faces through the holes and take photos. It’s that extra dimension that makes photo cutout boards so effective in marketing a business.

They work brilliantly at trade shows, exhibitions, product promotions, external and internal marketing drives, and other events.

Find out how you can order a photo cutout board to grow engagement with your business

Call us for a no-obligation quote on 0845 0570321

2017: a look back at the year

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2017 was a great year for face in hole boards!

In 2017 our photo cutout board sales have more than tripled as businesses, charities, wedding planners and corporate event planners have embraced the fun factor and engagement value that’s built into every one of our boards. We’ve made some important quality and safety improvements, added new boards to our standard and seasonal ranges, and improved our logistics to get the boards out to customers’ venues ever more quickly and efficiently.

We can honestly say that we’re here to stay, as we have carved out our niche in the event planning space and watched our boards grow in popularity more than we’d ever thought possible. So a huge thank you to all our customers – it’s been an outstanding 2017!

Some of the best boards of 2017

Mrs Brown’s Boys

Mrs Brown's Boys board for the BBC

Feckin’ brilliant! Agnes Brown from the hit BBC TV show featured on this board we made for the BBC’s EdFest. At their request, we contoured the top to fit into the location it was used. This is something we can do for you if you prefer, rather than a standard rectangular shape.

Cussons Carex

2017 photo cutouts face in hole boards

This was a great example of a brand running a promotion using a photo cutouts board. With special competition packaging for their hand soap, combined with social media hashtags promoted on our boards and a promotional partnership with Alton Towers, Cussons did it right.

Seabroook Crisps

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Another competition board, this time from Seabrook Crisps. They are very active on social media and their #seabrookselfie hashtag has generated a lot of posts and shares as people try to win boxes of tasty crisps!

Nuts Over The Atlantic

Nuts over the Atlantic

These brave lads are rowing across the Atlantic right now for the Movember Foundation to raise funds to help with testicular and prostate cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. We seriously hope they don’t encounter too many sharks and make it across safely!

The National Trust

2017 face in hole board for national trust

The NT have used us on several occasions for their properties around the country. This board was for Wordsworth House and Garden. We gave it a period flavour that worked perfectly for their event.

Peter James

Peter James 2017 photo cutout board

Bestselling novelist Peter James’ Roy Grace novel Need You Dead was launched in Brighton in May. His publicist commissioned this board from us for fans to photograph themselves in as they waited for his autograph.


Mead Farm Oinkfest

Mead Farm came to us in 2017 wanting a face in hole board for their pig-based event, Oinkfest. This one led to some very funny photos!

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Thanks to everyone for a fantastic 2017! Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year.

Our boards brighten Winter events!

It’s Winter, and it’s cold out there. Are you suffering from exposure? We hope not. But our photo cutout boards give your business all the exposure it needs – in a good way.
Photo Cutouts face in the hole boards are brightening up Winter around the country.  Here are three examples of how they are adding festive cheer to venues at their Christmas events.

1. Lee Valley White Water Centre

The 2012 London Olympics water sports venue have 3 Photo Cutouts boards in action at their Ice Rink & Christmas Market:

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Our gorgeous Skating Snow Globe, perfect for Lee Valley White Water Centre’s ice skating rink!
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A modified version of our Oktoberfest board, perfect for Lee Valley WWC’s Bavarian-themed market!
Santa's grotto face in the hole board
A custom version of this Santa & Child festive photo board to give kids something extra to do while they wait to meet Santa in his grotto!

2. The Elveden Estate Winter Experience

This well-known venue in Suffolk, on the edge of a large pine forest, is famous for providing Christmas trees to locals. The trees are delivered on carts by big fluffy Newfoundland dogs! How cool is that?

They went for our Snow Globe as well – it’s proving popular this year. It is currently gracing their outdoor Winter Experience, proving that our boards are weatherproof and can withstand event the recent weather with no problem.

3. Thetford Garden Centre

Our Christmas boards are popular with garden centres who hold Santa’s grotto and Christmas events.

Thetford Garden Centre is busy during the festive season selling stoves and firewood to keep homes warm. We made them a custom Christmas board which they are using in a promotional campaign with the hashtag #thetfordgcselfie.

Here are some customers’ photos from social media as they get their post up under the #thetfordgcselfie hashtag to try and win a Christmas hamper!

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It’s a good example of a social media campaign using a face in the hole board from Photo Cutouts. It generates exposure and awareness for the brand out there on the internet, as well as fun and engagement at the actual event itself!

Have a look at our Christmas range here, our custom photo cutout board page here or give us a call on 0845 0570321.