Photo Cutouts for summer festivals

At Photo Cutouts we are busy in preparation for the busy summer festival season. Line-ups have been announced, 2020 event calendars all planned in.

Photo Cutout boards are hugely popular with planners of summer events – after all, our love for the funny photo board does originate from our traditional, British seaside heritage.

But our board designs can cater for a whole range of themes, not just seaside.

Bespoke, branded photo cutouts have been used by event planners of local council and BID summer events, right up to larger music festivals.

Why Photo Cutouts for engagement at festivals?

Fun for all ages

They make a fun photo opportunity for adults and children alike. Head holes can be positioned at different heights. Boards can be sized to accommodate one or two faces holes, right up to 4 or 5 face holes. Great for group or family shots.

Mead Farm Oinkfest photo cutout
















No technology required!

Photo cutout boards are a low-tech engagement tool for festival-goers. No electricity is needed for set-up, no power cords, just attach on the steel feet with a nut and bolt either side. All that’s needed from the festival-goer is a bit of life in their smartphone to take some snaps.

Making memories

A branded photo cutout board makes a great takeaway photo opportunity at summer events. People are drawn to them as they begin to picture the perfect pose for the board design. Often creating hilarious results.

Carex UK - Cussons #rollercoasterface photo cutout board
Carex & Alton Towers #rollercoasterface photo board

Social sharing

Funny photo board snaps are often shared across social media. Visitors will extend your event marketing across the social channels as they post photos to friends and family. Why not run a photo competition at your summer event and encourage people to share photos in your photo cutout using a particular hashtag? Increase engagement and reward visitors at the same time!

Rohan_BestInShow photo cutout board
#RohanBestInShow photo competition


Unlike cardboard variants, our photo cutout boards are made from a waterproof, industrial PVC. A must-have for an outdoor event during our Great British Summer! They won’t blow over in mild-moderate wind – you could even weight the feet with sandbags if there’s a windy forecast on your event date.

As they are waterproof, the board can even double-up as a wet sponge board for festival-goers to cool off.

Wet-sponge-face in the hole board

Lightweight and portable

The boards are lightweight enough to be transported to different locations at your event. You could place the cutout at the initial entrance for visitors on arrival and then move to another high footfall location later.

Use year after year

Due to the durable material and the flat-packed storage, photo cutout boards can be used time and time again. The quality print is not easily damaged, we have hire stock that looks just as good now as it did the day it was printed. If you host a yearly summer event, then have one thing ticked off your “visitor engagement” list, year after year.

Some examples of festival photo cutouts

Photo Cutouts for Events and Festivals on YouTube


Check out our Events and Festivals video on YouTube to see the range of bespoke photo cutouts that we have made so far.




Madness band_Photo Cutout board


Madness – this board was actually used at an internal event but is a good example of how we can recreate iconic band images, face-in-the-hole style, should you have a big act headlining this year.




Halifax BID_Food and Drink Festival photo cutout




Halifax BID has purchased a number of photo cutout boards for different events across their calendar. Here is the creative used for their Food and Drink Festival photo cutout. They also have boards for Easter, Halloween and for Yorkshire Day!







Camp Bestival Big Fish Little Fish Photo Cutout board



Camp Bestival is one of the top family-friendly music festivals of the summer events calendar. So a family-focussed photo cutout made a great engagement tool. In a similar style to The Beatles Yellow Submarine, the design linked to music at the time as engaging a younger audience.







Sunderland-Council_Roker Pier photo cutout board



Sunderland Council chose to personalise our stock Thin Tim and Big Bertha photo cutout with the Roker Pier logo. This is a good, cost-effective option when looking to add logos and stick to a particular theme.






Festival theme photo board



Campervans are synonymous with music festivals, so our design team have incorporated a VW Campervan into the East Anglian Festival Network photo cutout. The van can be in your brand colours and customised with relevant hashtags and logos for your event.



Get in touch

If you are looking for fun, engaging photo opportunity at your summer event, then get in touch. Our team would be happy to talk through the range of designs, sizes and personalisation options.


Tel: 01284 848330


Photo Cutouts book related photo boards are a hit!

It was National Reading Day this week and World Book Day is creeping up in March, what better time to revisit some of the book-themed Photo Cutout boards that we have produced for authors, publishers, events and reading initiatives.

At Photo Cutouts we have had the pleasure of working on several projects from the publishing sector on custom made photo boards for various book-themed events.

Here are a few examples:

Ulverscroft launch of Jina Bacarr’s audiobook at #FutureBook19Ulverscroft #FutureBook19 photo board


The FutureBook Live conference is The Bookseller’s annual conference which addresses the digital content revolution in the world of publishing.

The 2019 event on 25th November saw speakers from Pearson, Hachette, Waterstones, Bonnier, Springer Nature, Faber, Booker, the BBC, Penguin Random House, Blackwell, and Lonely Planet come together to review today’s audiobook and podcast markets.

Ulverscroft Publishing embraced the conference to promote the launch of Jina Bacarr’s audiobook Christmas Once Again, Photo Cutouts created a face-in-the-hole style photo opportunity for delegates to get into the book cover. The book cover design was positioned within a smartphone frame to reflect the audio.

As the author was unable to attend the event herself, the photo board acted as a great, engaging marketing prop in her absence.


Magic Light Productions, David Walliams T-riffic Takeover

Magic Light Productions specialise in bringing imagination to life with theatre shows and events.

Back in 2018, they ran a David Walliams book-themed tour of schools in Denbighshire, North-East Wales. Their T’riffic Takeover days saw schools filled with actors dressed as characters from Walliams’ fictional world for a day.

Their Photo Cutout board was the centrepiece for photo opportunities during the T’riffic Takeovers. We did a mashup of characters from David Walliams books and added hashtags and the Magic Light Productions insignia.

Magic Light Productions_David Walliams book-themed photo board


Peter James photo board entertains guests at book signing

When bestselling novelist Peter James launched his Roy Grace novel, Need You Dead, in Brighton, his publicist commissioned this cops and robber’s themed photo board. The board was used as a photo opportunity for fans at a book signing as they waited for his autograph.

Being by the seaside, a fun face-in-the-hole board was a fitting tribute to the location and the cops and robbers theme lent itself perfectly to the crime genre of the novel.

Peter-James_book signing

Event’s company, Sharky and George, Paddington book-themed photo cutout board

Sharky and George run and host private parties and events. One of their many talents is children’s parties.

One young client of theirs was a great lover of Michael Bond’s, Paddington books, so a Paddington book-themed party was the perfect way to make the party special.

Children love face-in-the-hole boards, they enjoy posing as the characters and having their photo taken. A photo cutout board for a book-themed event aimed at children is a winning combination and whilst we cannot share photos taken at the event, here are some of our big kids enjoying the photo board before packaging.

Paddington Cutout - Sharky and George Party Planners



Get in touch

If you have a book-themed event planned then get in touch. Our team would be happy to discuss your design and your requirements to come up with the best solution. We do offer face-in-the-hole boards in a variety of formats, as well as photo walls, selfie frames & other props, so give us a call and we can talk you through.
Tel no: 01284 848330

12 Days of Photo Cutouts Best Bits 2019

12 days of photo cutouts best bits!

With Christmas nearly upon us, we’ve selected our 12 favourite Photo Cutout campaigns of 2019… so far anyway!

  1. Hempstead Valley Dinos

Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre were planning a dinosaur themed summer event during the school holidays. They were looking to create fun photo opportunities for visitors to their dinosaur trail and opted for both a face-in-the-hole photo board and a huge 2 panel photo wall for a Jurassic themed backdrop. There were some fab photos shared as families really got into character.

#HVDinos_Hempstead Valley Dinos

Read the CASE STUDY on Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre summer activity here.

2. Street Art Gallery Launch

Our design team have been busy this year innovating new designs and products. One of our favourites is the epic, and edgy, Street Art Gallery. A modern take on our original National Self Portrait Gallery, the Street Art Gallery is a whopping 6-panel installation of famous graffiti art. Turn your event into a modern, urban, street scene, which can be set up as a faux room inside a room, or as a long gallery wall.

Street Art Gallery

Check out the options to hire the full Street Art Gallery gallery, or the artwork as individual selfie frames, HERE.

3. Fawcett Society iconic Women’s Rights image, face-in-the-hole style

The Fawcett Society, the UK’s leading charity campaigning for gender equality and women’s rights. The Fawcett Society’s annual conference, Courage Calls, took place at the end of November and the charity was looking to create an engaging photo opportunity for guests at the event. As the day is centred on cultivating courage, expressing power through activism, and creating lasting change for generations to come, what better image to select than one of the older generations who succeeded in the first stages of this plight.

The photo board was created from a black and white photo image and made a brilliant photo opportunity for conference delegates. Photos were shared across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #CourageCalls2019.

Fawcett Society photo board #CourageCalls2019


4. Ipswich Town Fanzone player photo board

Ipswich Town Football Club host many an event at both their fanzone and Sir Bobby suite. They approached us looking for a fun way to engage with fans. We created a face-in-the-hole board of one of their key players, goal-keeper Tomas Holy. The player is notorious for his height, so the photo board was created to be as impactful as the goalie himself.

Football Fanzone Photo Board_Ipswich Town FC

As our boards are lightweight, they can be easily moved around the venue to different locations. The weatherproof, PVC material also makes it suitable for use outside in their fanzone area.

We have also produced a tall, photo wall, height chart variant featuring Tomas Holy. Fans can stand alongside and measure themselves against his huge stature. However, the board has only been made this week so we wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise for Ipswich Town fans!


5. Mona Lisa Selfie Frame

This year at Photo Cutouts we have also launched handheld, selfie frames of our hugely popular National Self Portrait Gallery. Individual portraits featuring on the full 3-panel gallery can now be hired, purchased and personalised.

We showcase the Mona Lisa Selfie Frame at this year’s East Anglian Festival Network Show at The Apex. The face-in-the-hole variant of the classic portrait could be passed around guests at the event and it made a really funny photo opportunity.

Mona Lisa selfie frame

If you don’t have space at your event for the full National Self Portrait Gallery then why not get in touch to discuss our selfie frames instead.

6. TI Media ‘What’s On TV’ Agency Roadshow

Before the Christmas rush set in, the events team at TI Media went on a roadshow around some of London’s top advertising agencies to promote the Christmas edition of ‘What’s On TV’ magazine.

TI Media created many a photo opportunity for the agency teams, including Instagram frames, photo walls and our (unbiased) favourite – photo cutout board. Agency staff were invited to take part in the mince pie challenge and enter the photo competition by sharing photos with the hashtag #timediachristmas.

As the team were continuously on the move, they needed a photo board that could be easily transported. Our folding photo board design fitted the bill. The folding board design has extendable legs that are easily attached on-site with included nuts and bolts and the finish is seamless.

#TIMediaChristmas_Twitter collage

Magazine covers make great Photo Cutout boards. People can literally become a magazine cover star. Include a hashtag and run photo competition and see photos with your branding trend across the socials.

7. Giant cheques used on ITV’s This Morning

Photo Cutouts Maxi Cheques were used last month on ITV’s This Morning and in the words of Holly Willoughby “it’s a whopper!”

On the day of the release of Car Fest 2020 Tickets, Chris Evans allocated a proportion of ticket sales to various charities. Chris appeared on ITV’s This Morning and offered Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield £20,000 each to donate to a charity of their choice.  Holly selected the charity of which she is a Patron, Together for Short Lives, a UK charity for children with life-threatening illnesses. And Phil chose the small, local charity the Chiltern Centre in Henley, who support young people with disabilities.

Giant cheque_ThisMorning

Photo Cutouts were pleased to be approached to print 2 single-use maxi cheques. The cheques were printed and delivered in record time and presented to Holly and Phil live on the show the next day.

8. HYPD Arena detachable photo boards gaming zone at Lakeside

Back in Summer intu Lakeside partnered with HYPD Arena to launch a gaming zone at the shopping centre. Families visiting the shopping centre could be immersed in virtual reality or reminisce with retro gaming.

With organisers keen to create Instagrammable photo opportunities at the gaming area, we were approached to create photo boards that could be used in multiple ways.

Our innovative design team came up with a Photo Cutouts first, 2 photo boards that could either be mounted on the steel legged frame or detached and used as a handheld selfie board. One design was an Instagram frame and the other in the style of a HYPD Pro Club team badge.

HYPD Arena Instagram selfie frames mounted on frame

We are always happy to adapt and innovate to meet objectives so if you do have a design in mind that we don’t have currently on our website, please do get in touch.

9. Photo Cutouts at Countryfile Live

Countryfile Live returned this summer for its 3rd year. The fun-filled event brings the success of the TV show off air and to the grounds of Castle Howard and Blenheim Palace, over a weekend in August.

The event combines traditional county fairs with the TV personalities to celebrate the Great British Countryside. Visitors to the event can enjoy perusing the stands of several exhibitors between the live performances on stage.

Face-in-the-hole boards are a popular engagement tool at exhibitions and, due to their heritage, are particularly fitting for a traditional county fair-style event. Photo Cutouts were proud to supply bespoke face-in-the-hole boards to 3 of this year’s exhibitors, including Rohan Clothing and London School of Tropical Medicine for their Bug Off campaign.

Countryfile Live Exhibitors

Rohan Clothing chose to run a “Best In Show” photo competition with their photo board. This was perfect for encouraging visitors to their stand and sharing photos across social media platforms. Visitors to Countryfile Live really got into the spirit of the photo board and we saw many a fun photo being shared. Check out our full blog round-up of the event here.

To book tickets for Countryfile Live 2020 or to enquire about exhibiting, visit the Countryfile website.

If you are exhibiting at this event, or any other in 2020, and would like us to create a bespoke photo cutout for your stand then get in touch.

10. BBC News features Defence Discount Service photo board

The Defence Discount Service has been out and about promoting the official MoD discount service for the armed forces this year. At this year’s commemorate event on Armed Forces Day in Salisbury, The Defence Discount Service had an exhibition stand to showcase their Blue Light Card to attendees at the event. And what better way to attract visitors to their stand than a custom-designed photo cutout board.

BBC Points West covered the event on TV news and the local correspondent began their coverage comically in position with their face in the hole of the photo board – a perfect demonstration of how the boards work as an engaging focal point at events.

Defence Discount Service_Armed Forces Day

11. Toy Story 4 launch at Flemingate Shopping Centre

2019 saw the launch of Toy Story 4 in our cinemas, just in time for the school summer holidays. To mark the launch and to get shoppers excited about the release, Flemingate Shopping Centre held a Toy Story themed event running various promotions. The centre management events team approached us to create a photo board that could be positioned and moved around the shopping centre, both inside and outside. As our boards are lightweight yet sturdy and made from a weatherproof PVC, they fitted the brief perfectly.

The design was slightly different to our traditional face-in-the-hole board, this was a rectangular TV-style aperture to allow several faces to be photographed behind – as if you were on TV.

Shoppers were invited to share their photos online for a chance to win a big Buzz Light Year Toy from The Entertainer using hashtag #FlemingateToyBox.

Flemingate Shopping Centre Woody's Toybox

12. Traditional seaside face-in-the-hole board on ITVBe’s TOWIE

ITVBe’s reality show, The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE), approached Photo Cutouts back in May, for help in dressing the set for their seaside-themed, end of season party.

Photo Cutouts supplied the TOWIE team with a range of seaside face in the hole boards to add some fun to the bash. The designs were the traditional saucy postcard style featuring overweight ladies and skinny gents – perfect for creating funny photo opportunities with the cast.

TOWIE's Joey Turner as 'Strong John'

Read the full blog on the seaside-themed TOWIE event here.

Get in touch

If you are planning an event, product launch or marketing campaign and are looking for a way to engage people, then get in touch with Photo Cutouts to discuss the different options that we available:

Tel: 01284 848330


Hiring the National Self Portrait Gallery

I am certain, my dear cultured readers, that you have heard of the National Portrait Gallery. In fact, I have no doubt that many of you have visited it on possibly more than one occasion. Perhaps you visited when you were younger and not quite in proper awe of the gloriousness of the gallery. Perhaps you visited the National Portrait Gallery when you were older and took a foreign friend to show off our grand gallery. Regardless of when you have visited (or plan to visit), I am convinced we can all agree that the National Portrait Gallery is indeed a fine jewel in the majestic crown of our national galleries.

But I am not actually writing this to endorse the virtues of the National Portrait Gallery, which, naturally, is superior to any other portrait gallery in the world (a jest my non-British friends, a mere jest!). Providing one is in London, one can go visit the National Portrait Gallery when it suits. But how many people can boast about the astounding experience of visiting a National Self Portrait Gallery?

Here at Photo Cutouts we have so many nifty items, but one that may have been overlooked a bit is our National Self Portrait Gallery. My illustrious predecessor wrote a few blogs about this wow-factor piece; however, since it has been a little while since our spectacular self-portrait gallery was in the spotlight, I thought I would bring it to your attention again. And you are very welcome!

An eye-catching centre-piece

National Self Portrait Gallery

First – and most importantly – if you like big things, our Photo Cutouts National Self Portrait Gallery is the item for you! As we have demonstrated with some of our other pieces (see our blog of March 28 of this year) bigger is always better, and the National Self Portrait Gallery is certainly big (though in a manageable way). Second, at what other gallery can you get so close to the portraits that you are actually in the portrait? Now you have a chance to see what your portrait would look like if you were the muse for, say, Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. And, third, you can immortalise said self-portrait with a push of a button on your phone. Twitter it, Instagram it, Facebook it, Snapchat it, Pinterest it…you get the idea.

Earlier this year, the students at the University of Suffolk clearly demonstrated how good their education truly is: they contacted our great team at Photo Cutouts when they wanted something amusing and unusual for their May Summer Ball. Allow me to act as your tour guide and lead you through the simple process…


The exceptionally clever students at the University of Suffolk were looking for a focal point and fun photo opportunity for their annual May Summer Ball. One of the student organisers used our online form to enquire. We included 2 wavy mirrors to compliment the visual nature of the gallery and give even more photo opportunities to guests. With availability checked and logistics sorted, the booking was completed.

Take a look at our sister company Fun4Guests to see the options that we have available to hire for events.

Or give us your brief and we will respond with a bespoke package to meet your objectives.


After all the details were sorted, we sent a team to deliver and set up the National Self-Portrait Gallery (it took about 90 minutes). The required floor space is approximately 25 to 30 square metres, which allows for ample room behind the portraits. Depending on your dimensions, our Photo Cutouts team can set up the gallery either as a faux room inside a room, or we assemble the gallery more as a long portrait wall.

THE EVENT (May Summer Ball hosted by students at the University of Suffolk)

University of Suffolk May Summer Ball

Needless to say, the students had a ball! (Yes, yes, I am aware that many of my dear readers have just rolled their eyes, but how can one not use such a fun pun?) The University of Suffolk posted some images on their social media pages, and we shared some of their merriment on our Facebook page and left us a lovely review:

“We hired the National Self Portrait Gallery and Wavy mirrors for the University of Suffolk Summer Ball experience. This was a great and really fun addition to our party and we really enjoyed it. The communication with the team prior to the party was great and the delivery and set-up at the venue ran smoothly. The team worked independently on the night which was very helpful. Thank you very much for everything!”


Once the festivities were over (that is, the following day), our team came to dismantle the gallery, and brought it back to our headquarters (that is, our office).


A jest, another jest (I am feeling rather jovial as I have been testing out some Christmas cocktails). Whilst I will not be subjecting you to an exam of how truly easy it is to hire the Photo Cutouts National Self Portrait Gallery, we should perhaps still do a quick revision:
1. Plan your event (as amazing as we are at Photo Cutouts, we really cannot do this for you).
2. Peruse Fun4Guests and/or Photo Cutouts websites to decide which of our many fun-filled options are best for you! Possibly the National Self-Portrait Gallery…
3. Contact us by phone or via email or by using our online form.
4. We deliver the goods for your party event (and provide assembly as needed).
5. You and your guests have a fantastically fun time.
6. We come to pick up the goods.
7. You post photos of frolics at your festivities, and you revel in the fact that people are in awe of your fabulous party-throwing skills!

We look forward to hearing from you!
Tel: 01284 848330
Online form:

Short on space…

If you don’t have the floor space for our full gallery, we now offer individual portraits as handheld selfie frames. You can still get the fun effect of putting your face into a work of art but this version is more mobile – perfect for passing around guests and no assembly required.

Mona Lisa selfie frame


Looking for a modern style…

Why not turn your event into a modern, urban, street scene with our Street Art Gallery

We’ve turned urban street art into face-in-hole boards so you can get into these famous images – literally!

Street Art Gallery

This too is available to hire as a full gallery or as individual selfie frames.

Get in touch

If you are interested in our fun photo opportunities for your next event then give the team a call. We can talk you through the options available and come up with a solution to meet your objectives, and your budget.

Tel no: 01284 848330



Charitable ideas for #GivingTuesday

If you haven’t already heard, amidst the hype of Black Friday, it’s #GivingTuesday on 3rd December. A one-day global movement that celebrates and encourages giving. There is no better time for such a day in our opinion, coming just after those well-known shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a great opportunity to get into the real spirit of Christmas and give to causes close to your heart.

We’ve collated some of our favourite charitable ideas to give you some food for thought in the run-up #GivingTuesday.

Donate with a huge charity cheque this #GivingTuesday

Boost the profile of your charity by donating with MEGA cheque. Using a giant presentation cheque creates a great photo opportunity for both the giver and the charity.

Photo Cutouts Maxi Cheque was used last week on This Morning and in the words of Holly Willoughby “it’s a whopper!”

Giant cheque_ThisMorning

Giant cheques could also make the perfect gift for an avid fundraiser.

We have all come across those amazingly devoted charity fundraisers who are always challenging themselves to some sort of activity in aid of a good cause. If you have one in your circle, why not gift them a reusable personalised big cheque this Christmas? A giant cheque will create a great photo opportunity, extra exposure for your fundraiser’s cause and a huge unexpected gift to unwrap on the big day.

Big cheque_Steps to Hope.jpg

Here’s a truly inspirational 3-year-old, Casey, the youngest fundraiser we’ve seen so far, presenting Steps To Hope with the money she and her family raised for the cause.



Choose Love and Help Refugeeschoose love

Choose Love helps to fund projects for refugees in Europe by both selling real products for refugees and selling powerful slogan t-shirts via Asos.

The Choose Love clothing collection is a take on the iconic Choose Life slogan of the 80s. There are lots of variations and products and make a perfect gift for any fashionistas in the family.



giant_jigsawDonate a giant jigsaw

Design & donate a giant jigsaw to your local hospital’s Children’s Ward for those who are too unwell to make it home for Christmas. Our giant jigsaws are fully waterproof and wipe-clean, so easy to keep those germs at bay in a medical setting. For businesses, you can include your logo and boost your corporate social responsibility profile while benefitting those in need.



Give a Christmas present to a child with Salvation Army Christmas Present Appeal

Until mid-December, many Salvation Army churches and centres across the UK will be running a Christmas Present Appeal.

Support your local Christmas Present Appeal by finding your nearest appeal and donating new, unwrapped toys and gifts for children who might not otherwise receive a Christmas present.

The gifts will then be wrapped and distributed to those in need.

Find your nearest Salvation Army HERE.


Take part in Christmas Jumper Day

Wear your festive woollies to work on Friday 13th December and donate £2 to one of the world’s biggest children’s charities, Save the Children. The charity offers support globally to children in need.

We have made promotional cutouts for Save The Children’s Christmas Jumper Day. The cutouts are used as a tool to promote the launch of the campaign.Christmas Jumper Day


Here’s a blast from the past… Our Shelley and Martin sporting their festive sweaters for Save The Children – we’ll be recreating this beauty of a picture again this year! A fun, and easy to execute, idea for a great cause.

Register with Save the Children and receive a free fundraising pack HERE.


Photo Cutouts Charity Toolkit

At Photo Cutouts, we have worked with many a charity over the years. As we specialise in large format print, there are a number of products that we produce that make the perfect PR toolkit.

Take a look at our Charity Toolkit for #GivingTuesday inspiration and get in touch to discuss any ideas that you might have.

01284 848330

Charities We Have Worked With

TI Media Christmas Roadshow

The events team at TI Media have been busy little elves this year. Before the Christmas rush set in, they took time out of the workshop to visit some of London’s top advertising agencies for some festive fun.whats on tv logo

The TI Media portfolio includes the well-loved ‘What’s on TV’ magazine. An essential for households over the festive period. To promote this top-selling edition, TI Media & ‘What’s on TV’ went on a roadshow across the capital to visit ad agencies The Grove Media, OMD, Carat, Mediacom, Wavemaker & Vizeum to get the planning teams into the festive spirit.

TI Media created many a photo opportunity for the agency teams, including Instagram frames, photo walls and our (unbiased) favourite – photo cutout board. Agency staff were invited to take part in the mince pie challenge and enter the photo competition by sharing photos with the hashtag #timediachristmas.

#TIMediaChristmas_Twitter collage

As the team were continuously on the move, they needed a photo board that could be easily transported. Our folding photo board design fitted the bill. The folding board design has extendable legs that are easily attached on-site with included nuts and bolts and the finish is seamless, you can barely see the join!


Photo Cutout boards look great when used for magazine covers. People can put their face in the hole and literally become a magazine cover star. Include a hashtag and run photo competition and see photos with your branding trend across the socials.


Here are some other magazine cover photo boards that we have produced in the past.

Magazine cover promotional board

Get in touch

Our team would be happy to discuss your design and your requirements to come up with the best solution. We do offer face-in-the-hole boards in a variety of formats, as well as photo walls, selfie frames & other props, so get in touch and we can talk you through.
Tel no: 01284 848330

Event theme ideas for any budget

You’ve decided to host an event or party, now where do you start? Having a theme can help you to give your event planning some focus. An event theme can steer what entertainment you chose, what colour scheme to go with, the design for your invitations and how you decorate your venue.

Themes are endless and it can be exceptionally difficult to decide on one. Our advice would be to keep in mind what would appeal to the guests you are hoping to attend and to remember your budget – some themes are easier to achieve for less money than others.

We have shortlisted some of our favourite themes to give you food for thought…

Circus themeCircus theme_Trinity Park_Ipswich

Roll up, roll up… Create a stunning backdrop to an event venue with a circus theme. If you are looking for an opportunity to add a touch of the unusual to your event or venue P.T Barnum style, then circus theme is the way to go. Opening doors to a range of fun, visual entertainment for guests. Circus theme is suitable for adults and children alike and excellent for any time of year.

Seaside theme

Seaside theme events

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside… And don’t we all! Seaside themed events are great for guests to take a break from the mundane and have fun. Although typically associated with summer events, why not spread a bit of sunshine, a hint of nostalgia and cheer up those dreary winter months? Saucy postcard photo opportunities, giant deckchairs, crazy golf course, candy floss cart, the possibilities are endless and all very achievable whatever your budget.

Funfair theme

If you can’t settle on one theme, the funfair theme can encompass elements of circus and seaside. Dress your venue with candy stripes or a circus tent, add hook-a-duck, a coconut shy or tin-can alley and budget depending, hire a merry-go-round!

Festival themeFestival themed events

With so many genres of festival out there, this theme is fantastic for all budgets. Depending on what feel you are going for you can go hippy, grungy, trendy, or family-friendly, either way, the aim will be to offer a real experience – with live acts, performers, street-food and photo opportunities. The festival theme lends itself to those on a tighter budget. The DIY feel of a festival allows for a field as your venue, haystacks for seating & tipi tents for cover.

Dinosaur theme

Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre #HVDinos

The Jurassic period will spark the imagination of little guests at any family-focussed event. Depending on your budget you can go BIG with a colossal dinosaur structure or smaller with a dinosaur egg-trail. Homemade volcanos or dry-ice and jungle-style plants can be used to dress your venue. Everyone is bound to have a roaring good time (sorry… couldn’t help myself)

Mods & Rockers theme

This is a brilliant theme for any indecisive event planners! The colour scheme is already chosen, the music picked, and the dress code all sorted, even 60s style finger food is easily achievable. Swinging 60’s style parties may not work for a kids birthday party but bound to be a lot of fun for anyone old enough to appreciate it.

Sports theme Sports theme events

Base entertainment around sports such as Beat the Goalie, crazy golf, table tennis or Footpool. If guests will be seated, tables could be themed for a particular sport or you could choose your colour scheme based on different sports teams. Works for indoor and outdoor events and easily tailored to suit the age range of your guests.

About Photo Cutouts

Photo Cutouts face-in-hole board can bring that something extra to a party, corporate event, wedding, family fun day, school fête, charity event, store promotion, product promotion… anywhere fun and engagement are required.

We have off-the-shelf designs that can be customised with logos and hashtags, or our brilliant design team can custom design a board to suit your requirements. People love to put their face in the hole and have their picture taken, so a photo cutout board is a great icebreaker and helps to make your event memorable.

Circus theme photo boards Seaside themeFestival theme photo board
Dinosaur theme photo boardsSports theme photo boardsMods and Rockers theme photo boards

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Give our team a call today to discuss your branding requirements for your next peak season!

01284 848330


Santa’s Been! Photo Cutouts unwrap NEW Christmas designs

Photo Cutouts have been busy working away in our workshop on some new themed photo boards for Christmas. We are pleased to reveal that our new face-in-the-hole board designs are now ready to book for hire or to buy.

New Christmas Designs

Santa’s Workshop – a large 1.5m wide, 3 face hole photo board, perfect for families or groups of friends to create a fun photo opportunity.

Large Santas Workshop Christmas photo board

Selfie with Elfie – a 1m wide, 1 face hole photo board with an eye-catching design. Great for engaging with people and making events memorable.

Christmas Selfie-with-Elfie photo board

Christmas Wreath Selfie Board – a large handheld festive photo board. Ideal for passing around at Christmas events or parties.

Handheld selfie board_ Christmas Wreath Design


All of our Photo Cutouts Boards are made from an industrial PVC with a high-quality vinyl print so they withstand a lot of use. The quality is miles apart from cardboard versions, they are even waterproof. As the boards are mounted onto a sturdy steel frame they are suitable for use at outdoor events such as Christmas Markets, skating rinks, to entertain families queuing for Santa’s Grotto or in a retail environment to attract the Christmas shoppers.

Face in hole board Christmas elves


As with all our photo board designs, we have the option to customise with your logo and encourage adding social media handles for photos (and your branding!) to be shared across social media. Customising is an option whether looking to hire or buy just get in touch with our design team to discuss your requirements.

Natural Christmas Tree Company Branded Christmas Photo Board


Photo Competition

Photo Boards lend themselves perfectly to Christmas competitions. Several companies we have worked with previously have used branded photo cutout boards as a competition mechanism. Encourage people to share photo’s in your face-in-the-hole board across social media to win a prize and select your favourite photo. To tempt customers to share their photos on social media, Klondyke & Strikes ran a ‘Show us your best festive face’ competition last year, with a prize for the best snow globe photo. Check out the hashtag #KlondykeSnowglobe on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

Christmas #KlondykeSnowglobe_Instagram


For inspiration on how you could use Photo Cutout boards as part of your Christmas marketing campaign or seasonal event, take a look at some previous blog posts featuring boards from….

Klondyke and Strikes Garden Centres

Odin Events Nutcracker Trails

Natural Christmas Tree Company

National Trust Hardwick Hall

Get in touch

Give our team a call today to discuss your branding requirements for your next peak season!

01284 848330

Summer makes me think of…Christmas!

The last month of summer stretches before us, with the sun shining, and the bees still buzzing. However, here at Photo Cutouts, locked in our windowless offices, we are thinking about Christmas, and us worker bees are buzzing with excitement about some new photo cutout boards!

Coming Soon new christmas designs

My dear readers, I am well aware that there was a collective eye-roll when you read that the theme for this week is Christmas. After all, we are still in the hot, hazy, lazy days of summer, and one does not wish to think of the cold, the possible snow, and the chaos of Christmas shopping.

Whilst I agree, allow me to also explain our (or at least my) reasoning of broaching the Christmas topic. Shopping for the holidays can be stressful and frantic. We are bound to be grumpy when stressed and overwhelmed. But, some fun and giggles can certainly alleviate that stress. What is a good way to have a bit of a lark? A nifty face-in-the-hole board of course! Just think: in that frantic shopping, you pause because some genius business has an awesome Christmas-themed photo board prop – it draws you in, and you simply cannot resist that fun photo opportunity. Suddenly, holiday hecticness turns into some holiday merriment.

Christmas Photo Boards

Yes, I have simplified things a little bit, and have added my own special brand of logic – but, as usual, I am correct. I would also like to add that we at Photo Cutouts are like magical Christmas elves helping everyone out. We are actually doing more than providing some striking piece of eye candy for a storefront. We are helping businesses attract more customers, and we are helping customers have a good time…. And in our spare time, we are still working on world peace.

Anyhoot, back to our Christmas theme. Christmas is certainly a time for photo opportunities and Photo Cutouts has helped to create some memorable ones. Last year Klondyke & Strikes Garden Centres ordered Snow Globe boards for their stores in England, Scotland, and Wales. (Did I mention that they suddenly became our favourite garden centre?).

Garden Centre Christmas Snow Globe

Odin Events used our Nutcracker boards to organise Nutcracker Trails with the aim of promoting Christmas shopping in town centres around the country.

Christmas Nutcracker Trail photo board

The Natural Christmas Tree Company and Thetford Garden Centre have also been our Christmas fans.

Christmas face in the hole Thetford

So, why not jump on that Christmas bandwagon (or sleigh), and start thinking about how you would like us to help you with creating buzz-worthy Christmas peep board prop. (As always, contact details below.)

In the meantime, do keep reading our blog, since, very soon, our Fun Think Tank Team will be revealing those new and exciting Christmas-themed boards!
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Innovative new design for Hempstead Valley Dinos #HVDinos

Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre has been having a roarsome time this Summer with their dinosaur-themed activities. The shopping centre management team came to Photo Cutouts with the challenge of making several dino-themed photo opportunities for their retail entertainment during the school holidays.

Our fabulous designers came up with 2 dinosaur-themed photo cutout boards and, a Photo Cutouts first, a double-sided photo wall.

#HVDinos Face-in-the-hole board

The face-in-the-hole boards had 2 head holes at a suitable height for children to have their photographs taken. Children really seem to engage with the photo cutout boards and completely get the concept of posing to be part of the scene.

#HVDinos retail entertainment Photo Cutout board

Double-sided photo wall

For the photo wall, our innovative team put together 2 designs. These were printed and mounted back to back on 2 panels of sturdy PVC foamex. The double-sized photo wall provided a mammoth 3m x 2m backdrop for shoppers to pose for a photo opportunity.

Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre retail entertainment #HVDinos_PhotoWall

Photo Cutouts have made photo walls in the past however a double-sided version is certainly a first. The team adapted our usual design for a 2-panel board of this size so that fixings were concealed within the board. This gave a blank canvas on both sides for 2 great designs and 2 great photo opportunities.

Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre retail entertainment #HVDinos_PhotoWall

Hashtags for social sharing

The peep boards and the photo wall both included the shopping centre logo, social media handles and the hashtag #HVDinos to encourage visitors to share their photos. Photos were shared across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and the dinos have proved to be a roaring success in increasing footfall to the shopping centre.

Mark Rumfitt, Centre Manager of Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre said:

“We’ve turned the clock back by more than 400 million years with this new dinosaur trail and are bringing something that’s fun, exciting and educational to Hempstead Valley. In the first few days of the arrival of our dinosaurs, we have seen a huge influx of families spending time together and enjoying this new event.”

Hempstead Valley Dinos are at the shopping centre until 18th August – be quick to catch them before extinction (last pun I promise!)

Retail Entertainment

Photo Cutouts have worked with a number of retail spaces in the past as shopping centres, local councils and BIDs, look to combine retail and entertainment. We are experts in creating custom made, branded photo boards. If you are interested in adding our products to your next shoppertainment project, then please get in touch.

Call us: 01284 848330