Christmas Photo Cutouts are a hit at events

Christmas is a busy time of year for the elves at Photo Cutouts. And this year has been no exception. Our Christmas photo boards are a popular addition for events and retailers during the festive season. Take a look at this roundup of Christmas photo boards, cutouts, stand-ins, and freestanding builds which have been used at festive events up and down the country.

Custom built Santa’s Grotto

We produced a bespoke Santa’s Grotto for Leisure venue, Get Set Go! This was a customised build, using the client’s own artwork. Building on our existing framework for the National Self Portrait Gallery, we adapted the design to create a freestanding Santa’s Grotto, branded with the company logo. Read all about the client’s brief and how the build worked in our previous blog.

Local business use Christmas photo cutout at town lights switch-on

Digital Edge is a web design, marketing and graphic design company, with offices in the North and South of England. The Southern HQ in Dursley used a branded Christmas cutout at the Dursely Town Council Christmas lights switch-on event.

Digital Edge engaged with the local audience by providing a festive photo opportunity for visitors to the event. Visitors could have their photos professionally taken in the photo stand-in. Visitors could then access a high-quality digital download of the images via the Digital Edge website, driving visitors online.

Snowglobe Christmas photo cutout for vibrant Gastropub

The Royal Hotel in Bolton-le-Sands selected our popular Snowglobe Photo Cutout for their Christmas event. The Royal Hotel is a vibrant gastropub in the small village of Bolton-le-Sands. Visitors include locals and people from further afield who visit to explore the historic city of Lancaster and the Lake District National Park.

Christmas at the venue is always a big event and the team there went the extra mile this year to provide a full-on festive experience. This included a branded photo cutout, for a memorable photo opportunity. The photo board is freestanding and can be packed away to use again year after year.

JParkers Garden Centre branded Chrismtas photo cutout

Garden centre chain JParkers also opted for a branded snowglobe photo cutout for their Anwick store this Christmas. Our Christmas Snowglobe design is one of our larger photo boards and an eye-catching addition to a busy retail environment.

The Snowglobe cutout was positioned at the entrance to the store to welcome visitors on their way in. Our photo boards are weatherproof and suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. They are also lightweight, so easy to move inside at closing time.

The cutout was ideal for supporting the in-store festive marketing activities.

Create your own Christmas photo cutout

Get in touch with our design team to talk you through our photo board options for your Christmas marketing. We have a range of seasonal photo board designs available that can be branded with your logo, hashtags and social media handles. We also have a fabulous design team who can create a bespoke design to meet your festive marketing objectives.

Photo Cutouts are ideal for…

  • Christmas Events
  • Retail Promotions
  • Public Awareness Campaigns
  • Experiential Campaigns
  • Sports Events
  • Trade Shows, Conferences & Expos
  • Coastal Events
  • Corporate Events
  • Children’s Events
  • Book Launches
  • Charity Events
  • School & University Events
  • Entertainment Promotions

Get in touch

If you would like a custom-made bespoke Photo Cutout board, give us a call on 01842 337 100 or email and we’ll get our team of talented artists and designers to create the perfect board for your brand, charity or event!

Santa’s Grotto for Get Set Go! A Photo Cutouts first

Get Set Go! in Putney celebrated Christmas in style this year with a branded freestanding Santa’s Grotto. Get Set Go! is a forward-thinking leisure club, designed with busy families in mind. The club offers a wide range of activities for both parents and families.

Earlier in the year we worked with Get Set Go! on photo cutout boards for the family leisure venue. When the festive season came around, they got in touch to see how we could assist in producing a branded Santa Grotto. After listening to their brief we had the pleasure of creating the panelled Santa’s Grotto design as a first for Photo Cutouts.

The brief

The brief was to create a freestanding “room” to form a Grotto for families to visit Santa over the festive period. The Grotto would be positioned inside and clearly visible through the huge windows. The Team wanted to create an installation that was on-brand and eye-catching to passers-by. The Grotto created a separate space within the club for their younger clientele to meet Santa and have their photo taken.

Santa’s Grotto design

Our team were able to adapt the exisiting framework for our Street Art Gallery and add an extra panel as an entrance to the grotto. Each panel has its own aluminium framework, which made it lightweight enough to manoeuvre, yet sturdy enough to remain in place for long periods time.

The panels were double-sided to give an indoor effect on one side, and an outside effect on the other. The design was created by the Get Set Go! team and printed onto our high-quality vinyl. The result was an eye-catching, festive Santa’s Grotto that stands freely within the centre, branded with the Get Set Go logo.

As with all our freestanding print products, the Grotto is flat packed, making it easy to dismantle and store away, ready for use year after year.

The Get Set Go team have been delighted with the result and it has gone down a storm with youngsters visiting the centre this Christmas.

Pre-order a Santa Grotto

If you would like a Santa’s Grotto installation for the festivities then get in touch and our design team will book you into our production schedule.

We can make freestanding, panelled installations to any design that you wish, so if you have a theme in mind then let us know.

Get in touch

Contact our team on 01842 337100 or email:

Christmas Marketing Ideas to attract more business!

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When the calendar ticks over into September, it’s time to put your Christmas marketing ideas into action. Not to start thinking about them but start doing them. That means that most of the thinking should have already happened, and September is the time to start acquiring the things you will need for the Christmas Marketing campaign. That might sound crazy, but it isn’t if you run a business. That’s just the way the marketing calendar works.

Why are we saying this? Because we make a range of tested and proven Christmas marketing materials for businesses of all sizes, and we hate to see people in a last-minute rush. We make them quickly enough – about a week from call to finished product on average – but often the calls come in during November or even December, and we find ourselves making things for stressed businesspeople who know they should have thought of their Christmas marketing ideas much earlier in the year.

What things do we make and how can they help with Christmas marketing campaigns? Here is a quick rundown.

Promotional Christmas Cutouts (standees)

Christmas promotional cutouts for marketing
Got any festive ideas for this type of standee? Talk to us and we’ll make them into a reality!

These are simply free-form, stand-up shapes that represent a product, a mascot, or anything you want as part of your Christmas Marketing efforts. We can make literally anything you ask for in terms of shape, size, design and colour. Get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Roller Banners for Christmas promotions

Roller banners for Christmas marketing ideas
Let everybody know about your Christmas marketing ideas with roller banners.

These are best for messages containing some text for the public to read (but not too much or they will lose interest!). Perfect for product promotions, Christmas messages, seasonal discounts, Black Friday deals etc. They can be placed anywhere and then rolled up for easy storage and used next year. See the roller banner options here.

Christmas Photo Boards

Christmas photo board marketing
An off-the-peg photo board with a space to add a company name.

These are proven to attract business. People can’t resist them when they are out Christmas shopping. Grab a seasonal ‘selfie with an Elfie’ in one of our off-the-peg Christmas photo boards or have your very own design that we will make for you, featuring your own product, brand or message! For a quick win, an off-the-peg design can be personalised to your brand by adding a name or logo. Have a look at Christmas photo boards here.

Christmas trail shopping centres
A Christmas Trail: shoppers had to find all of the Nutcracker boards and send photos of themselves in them.

For large venues like parks and shopping centres, a Christmas Trail featuring a series of photo boards can be a big hit with the public. Here’s the story of a Christmas Trail we made for an events company promoting Christmas shopping in town centres around the country:

All you need is an idea and we can make it a reality. How about a photo board for each of the Twelve Days of Christmas, related to your business? We love helping with the ideas and design, so give us a call and we’ll create something based on your idea!

Giant Christmas Cards

Giant Christmas card
Promote your business with a Giant Christmas card up to 6 feet tall!

We make huge, oversized Christmas cards than can be ‘given’ to your customers as a thank you for their custom. They will stand up on their own and can be placed strategically so that customers see and read them. You can of course send one to each of your most valued suppliers or customers too. They will never forget it!

Create more visual impact this Christmas with one or more print products from Ideas made reality. Call 01842 337 100, use our contact form

Mega Greetings Cards, Now Even Bigger

Giant jumbo greetings cards are the way to go when the occasion demands something truly memorable. When you absolutely, positively have to say it big … not just quite big but properly big, you send a mega card. With sizes from 50x75cm to 100x150cm and an almost infinite choice of designs and colours, plus high-res printing and made out of a durable material, a mega card leaves no doubt about how big and bold you want your message to be.

100x150cm is more than most people need when it comes to a giant greetings card. It is big enough to blow pretty much anyone’s socks off. But for those who want to be the absolute top dog when it comes to card giving, there is now another size up from that.

Yes, you read that right.

We give you … the SIX FOOT MEGA CARD!

Mega cards 6 foot giant greetings card

122x183cm, or 4 foot by 6 foot if you prefer, is now the largest of the mega cards we make. We have invested in some new print technology that now enables us to produce this absolute monster of a card. We like to call it ‘Cardzilla’.

It costs a bit more because of the amount of material required to print such a huge card, plus the increased cost of postage. But if sheer size is the ultimate goal, this monster card does not disappoint.

There’s nothing at all titchy about our usual range of mega cards. They are still just as huge and impressive as ever. It’s just that our large-format printer just got an upgrade and we want to offer the ultimate option in giant greetings cards, for those who want to make an unforgettable impression.

Our third-largest card is whopping. Our second-largest card is massive. But for when even that is not enough, there’s this one (we’ve run out of adjectives).

This is so new we don’t even have any photos of this behemoth of a card yet. Why not be one of the first to order one? (Warning: no letterbox is big enough.)

How to order

  1. Visit
  2. Pick a design and click on it.
  3. Select the size from the dropdown menu. For a 6 foot card, it’s 122x183cm.
  4. Go through checkout.
  5. Email your photo or photos along with your order number to:

What happens next

  1. We design the giant card and send you a proof.
  2. Let us know any changes you want to make.
  3. Our designers make changes and send you proofs until you’re happy.
  4. We print it in super high quality and ship it out to you in 5 working days.

Questions? Call 01842 337 100

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Face in hole boards for family attractions

Summer 2021 is seeing the return of the public to family attractions around the country. With it comes a desire on the part of operators to make up for lost time and give visitors the best experience possible. One good way to achieve that is with a branded face-in-hole board from The public can’t resist putting their faces in and taking photos. Then the operator’s branding gets shared on social media! It’s a simple and effective way of boosting brand exposure and giving visitors an extra fun and interactive thing to do.

Here are some examples of face in hole boards we have made for family attractions around the UK. We create designs that project the attraction’s main message and help to convey a professional image.

Extra attractions for piers

Here is one we made for Brighton Pier. The mod on a scooter is part of the town’s history and has become iconic. It was commissioned by VisitBrighton, the official tourism organisation for Brighton & Hove.

Face in hole boards for family attractions

Extra attractions for water parks

This fun mascot, designed by Aardman, featured in a children’s attraction at the London Wetlands Centre, operated by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. Water parks can have a board with their mascot or a cartoon picture with children having fun. A great photo opportunity for visitors!

Extra attractions for country parks

The great outdoors is the theme here. This design was suggested by the client, Cairngorms National Park.

Marketing for family attractions UK

For holiday parks

We made this board for Pontin’s. The design was discussed with the customer and several drafts were made before the final result.

UK family holiday parks marketing

For museums

The National Museum of Scotland asked us to make this one for a ‘70s-themed show called Rip It Up. Boards can be commissioned for one-off events as well as for more permanent everyday use at the attraction.

Marketing for UK family attractions

For heritage sites

We have made numerous boards for the National Trust. This example is for Wordsworth House near Keswick in the Lake District and the client chose this 18th century period flavour for this board.

National Trust face in hole board

For hotels and spas

This board was for Crieff Hydro, a well-known hotel and spa in Perthshire, for its 150th anniversary. The design is classy and retro, in line with the hotel’s aesthetic.

Family attractions marketing UK

Order a board for your own family attraction!

We make professional quality boards for all types of family attractions including the above plus:

  • Theme parks
  • Cinema and bowling chains
  • Holiday parks and resorts
  • Country houses, manors, estates and castles
  • Gyms, hostels, BnBs, campsites, glampsites and more!

Commissioning a board is simple and easy. Call our friendly team of creative designers on 01842 337 100 to give an idea of what is required, and we will do the rest. Proofs are provided at every stage until the ideal design is arrived at. Then we print it onto weatherproof, semi-rigid PVC board, add sturdy metal feet, and ship it out within a few days.

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Trade show and expo booths: first impressions count! is the UK’s one-stop shop for visual elements at trade shows and exhibitions. We design and create striking branding props, face in hole boards, and promotional cutouts to maximise a trade stand’s visual appeal. Each item is created bespoke for each customer to build trade show and exhibition stands that really pop and project exactly the required image and message. Exhibitors up and down the country rely on us to make their trade show and exhibition stands look as good as they possibly can and draw in more business.

This is a quick run-through of the options available to anybody planning a presence at a trade show or expo this year.

Trade show face in hole boards

Quirky and different, a face in hole board can attract high levels of engagement from the public at trade events. A really fun board can draw attendees in who can’t resist having a photo memory of the event – and it will have your logo and artwork all over it!

Trade shows signage face in hole board

Trade show promotional cutouts

These are free standing boards that we cut to any shape required. This one happens to have a face hole in it, but they can be created without face holes and placed anywhere for maximum effect.

Trade shows branding props

Trade show photo stand-ins

These are like magazine covers with a large aperture to make it look as if the people behind have been ‘edited in’.

Trade shows branding photo stand in

Trade show photo walls

Large format walls with or without face holes, these create a great impression where there is enough space to display them.

Royal Albert Hall photo board

Roller banners

Portable roll-up banners that are a sensible use of space at trade events. 3 types to choose from according to requirements of space, flooring and portability.

Roller banners for branding and marketing

Vinyl banners

Tough, durable and weatherproof, vinyl banners can be taken to any event and set up in a couple of minutes. A-frame or wall-mounted with a choice of sizes.

Vinyl banner a-frame

All of the above equipment is durable and weatherproof and printed with the highest quality, fade-resistant inks in the industry. Got a trade event or expo on your calendar? Get in touch to discuss your needs.

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Our biggest ever cheque: £57m for Children in Need!

Anyone who has ordered one of our giant cheques will know how big they are. They are the largest presentation cheques available on the web in the UK. But here is one that is not only big, but for a BIG amount for one of the country’s leading charities: Children in Need.

This whopper was featured on BBC Breakfast and represented the sum of £57,119,501 – the total raised for the Children in Need 2020 Appeal. The massive amount was the culmination of the efforts of fundraisers and donors across the UK who supported the annual Appeal in November 2020. The feat was all the more remarkable as it happened in a pandemic that affected everybody.

Children in need cheque

We are enormously pleased and proud to see a giant cheque being presented for such a vital charity.

Here is footage from the live BBC Breakfast broadcast where the cheque was unveiled by Children in Need representatives and Matty, who receives care at Rainbow Hospice and said the donations help children like him to thrive. 

A segment of BBC Breakfasts’s live broadcast of the £57 million cheque presentation.

A full-hearted Thank You from the BBC Children in Need Appeal.

Below is a post from our blog earlier this year about our giant cheques in the context of prizegiving ceremonies. The same applies to charity cheques when it is desirable to make a big impression.

The biggest cheque we make is 200 x 100 cm, which as far as we are aware is the largest presentation cheque available online in the UK today. We try to cater for all needs, though, with a range of three sizes: Mini (100cm x 50cm), Maxi (150cm x 75cm) and Mega (200cm x 100cm).

Need a charity presentation cheque like the one we made for Children in Need? Call our friendly team on 01842 337 100 or use our contact form!

Keep Scotland Beautiful use Photo Cutouts for awareness campaign

We were asked recently to create a dual-purpose face in hole board for an anti-littering campaign by Keep Scotland Beautiful. In preparation for the beach season, it is being used in partnership with ScotRail to raise public awareness of the damage done by littering and to encourage people to bin their litter or take it home.

Our board is mainly used in high footfall areas of Glasgow Central Station as part of the public awareness campaign. The aim is to catch travellers on their way to the beach and give them a robust reminder to tidy up after themselves. The tone is light-hearted and cheerful, and somewhat less litter-shaming than Keep Britain Tidy’s ‘Don’t be a tosser’ litter campaign.

Keep Scotland Beautiful Awareness Campaign

Litter awareness board

Dual-purpose branded signage

This freestanding photo board was a first for Photo Cutouts. The client asked for the face holes in the cutout to be optional. We call this a dual-purpose board because the face ovals are cut out but can also fit back in and blend in for when it is not being used as a face in hole board. The eye-catching artwork serves as both an interactive photo cutout but also as information/backdrop signage.

The campaign also includes a beach cleaning station where the public can take pickers and bags and have a clean-up on the beach, under the #mybeachyourbeach social media hashtag. Travellers are reminded at multiple points about their public duty to clear up after themselves and leave the beaches clean for others.

Beach litter cleaning station

We developed the board in collaboration with the customer to get the artwork and logos just right. It stands on sturdy metal legs so that even a Glasgow breeze and high footfall won’t tip it over. Everybody going through Glasgow Central Station will have seen the board, the plastic bottle mascot, and a team of volunteers brandishing litter pickers. This is a powerful way to convey a message in a public campaign. The board makes it immediately clear what the campaign is about.

Keep Scotland Beautiful also have a stand near the beach where they encourage people to join and raise funds for the charity.

Beach litter campaign

Our boards have been used in numerous public awareness campaigns. See this blog post for more examples of boards in use at awareness-raising events:

Planning a public awareness campaign? Call our friendly team to talk about options for display boards that boost the message!

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