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.

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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

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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Branded signage for Cornwall FootballGolf

Here is an example of how we can create a custom branded photo board package to suit a unique venue. It is all fully bespoke and our design team worked closely with the customer to create custom photo boards that met their needs.

Cornwall FootballGolf is a recreational park near St Austell that welcomes members of the public all year round to play the increasingly popular game of football golf. They wanted to boost engagement and add visual appeal with some additional permanent signage that was informative and fun.

After exploring a few options including calling us, they decided on 3 branded photo board formats for their footballgolf course.

  1. Branded face-in-the-hole board
  2. Custom made photo standin
  3. Player card design photo board

The customer wished to position the photo boards throughout their venue to engage with as many players as possible on their visit. The result was a mix of freestanding & permanent photo board formats. Our fabulous design team was able to meet the client objectives, by adapting our traditional freestanding photo board design and produce a solid board, ready for mounting onto permanent fixings at the venue.

And here is the result: 3 branded photo boards, and one happy customer!

Face-in-the-hole board design

Branded signage footballgolf

This is the design for a face in hole board to boost customer engagement and get social shares and likes.

The venue is popular with all ages, so we have placed the two face holes at heights we hope are an ideal balance for an adult and a younger player. The aim was to create a board that the greatest number of visitors can use.

Branded photo standin

Footballgolf branded photo standin

This is what we call a photo stand-in. It has a much larger aperture for several people to get into. The effect is like a picture frame. With the right background, it can look really convincing, like a magazine cover photo. With company branding all around the frame, it is good for getting shares online. In this instance, the customer has chosen to use their own fixings instead of our usual metal legs, because they wanted a permanent fixture.

Player card photo board

Custom branded scorecards

This is a custom player card photo board we created for Cornwall FootballGolf. Visitors to the venue can pose behind the photo board to create their very own personalised player card photo. We can also print packs of branded scorecards for sports venues like golf and crazy golf courses.

Social sharing

Photo cutouts and photo walls are ideal for engaging with visitors at venues, especially in a competitive environment where winners want to share their success! Branded photo boards not only add to the visual appeal at your venue, but can also help to boost awareness across social media.

Cornwall Football Golf branded photo standin

Cornwall Footballgolf have seen great success in social sharing of customer images at the venue. If you are looking to build customer engagement and brand awareness across the web, get in touch with our friendly team to discuss your needs.

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Photo boards for sport promotions

Photo cutout boards from are popular with sport clubs, teams, sponsors, tournaments and venues to add an interactive visual element to matches and events.

The idea is that a colourful, fun photo board will encourage fans and the general public to take photos of themselves at the sport event, with the club or event’s name all over the board. Photos get shared on social media along with relevant hashtags, which increases exposure, interest and support.

People seem to find photo boards irresistible, so they are a good investment for boosting public engagement at sport-related events.

Here are a few examples of how they have been used by various sports organisations. We make bespoke boards with artwork provided by the customer or created by our in-house designers.

Sport: Tennis

The Oracle Shopping Centre in Reading set up a Fan Zone for shoppers to watch the tennis action on a big screen. They used a hashtag to help create a buzz on social media. This helped to raise awareness of the Fan Zone and draw in extra shoppers who chose to visit the shopping centre rather than watch Wimbledon at home that day.

Wimbledon photo board

Sport: Rugby

Cardiff University Students’ Union ran a photo competition with a photo board at their Fan Zone during the Six Nations Rugby tournament. Again, there was creative use of hashtags and social media handles to spread the word.

Sport photo board rugby

Sport: Cricket

Membership club Boundless sponsored the Sussex Sharks Cricket Club and used a photo board as a perk for members at the club’s T20 matches. Members could have their photo taken with star members of the team on a photo board displaying the sponsor’s name and social hashtags.

Sport cricket sponsorship

Sport: Football

We created a super-sized double board for the German Embassy in London, featuring the men’s and women’s teams. It was a good year for German football, with the men winning the World Cup and the women winning gold at the Olympics. So they celebrated with a giant photo wall at their Embassy reception!

Sport photo standees

East Anglian rivals Norwich City FC and Ipswich Town FC have both used our photo boards, and we tried very hard not to show loyalty to either team (which was hard).

Norwich City commissioned a board of a player in Norwich kit for their youth training events. Young soccer hopefuls queued up to have their photos taken in the boots of a grown-up player, and the board encouraged them to share the photos on social media.

Sport brand promotions Norwich City FC

Ipswich Town had a board featuring their goalie in their pre-match fan zone, along with their club logo and website URL. It helped to create a buzz in the build up to matches.

Sport marketing Ipswich Town FC

Industry-leading quality

All boards are sturdy and weatherproof so they can be used outdoors. The boards are made of industrial PVC which shrugs off rainwater. The print is the highest possible quality, with inks that resist fading in sunlight. Design work is done in collaboration with the customer, with drafts sent at every stage for approval or modification until the result is perfect.

Want to boost engagement at a sports event? Call our friendly team on 01842 337 100 or use our contact form.

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Great North Swim features WaterAid board

Great North Swim charity photo board

Our photo boards feature at all kinds of charity and public awareness events. With imaginative, attention-grabbing designs and high quality print, they add a touch of professionalism to campaigns and project memorable messages. The public love to engage with them and take photos – and this is proven to increase brand familiarity and keep the organisation’s name top of mind during and after events. WaterAid are a charity who promote clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene for the world’s populations – and the Great North Swim is an ideal place for them to raise awareness of their work as they raise funds thanks to the efforts of a lot of hardy and charitable open water swimmers.

This year’s Great North Swim took place on Lake Windermere from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th of June. As the Great North Swim’s official Charity, WaterAid needed to make a big splash, so they commissioned a photo cutout board from to display at the event and draw in the public’s attention. Here’s the board in action next to WaterAid’s stand. Our artist went for a cartoony style for this board which the customer loved. Hopefully there weren’t actually any piranhas in Lake Windermere that day!

Great North Swim charity photo board
Great North Swim charity photo board

WaterAid are going to use this board at future events too – so having a custom board from us is great value for them. We also make folding versions for easy transportation and storage, but WaterAid went for a non-folding model because they have somewhere to stash a full sized board until the next time they need it. are the leading supplier of face in hole photo cutout boards in the UK and a significant proportion of our customers are charities and organisations seeking to promote public awareness. Photo cutout boards are a proven way to achieve that goal. We work with the customer until they are happy with the design and then print it in high quality, attach it to semi-rigid PVC board, add a sturdy frame and ship it out to the customer within 5 working days.

Interested in a board for your charity or public awareness campaign? Call us on 01842 337 100 or send us an email!

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G7 Summit board grabs attention

The Summer campaign trail is heating up and we are proud to be contributing to the awareness-raising efforts of some leading charities. Our face in hole boards, selfie boards, photo walls and branding props are a proven way to attract attention at public events. Charities use our custom products year after year, either with a new one each year or a reusable one to bring out time after time.

Action Aid decided to use a custom face in hole board at the recent G7 Summit in Cornwall. The one-off design featured Joe Biden, Angela Merkel and Boris Johnson and it was used alongside a specially commissioned ice cream van giving away free ice creams with wafers that had various messages on to do with vaccines, climate and other pressing issues. Maybe the global leaders saw it and decided to rethink some of their policies – who knows? What is certain is that it helped to raise awareness among the general public at the G7 and sent a loud and clear message.


G7 summit photo board ActionAid

We serve the charity and public awareness sectors with colourful, fun, attention-grabbing face in hole boards that encourage participation from the public and help to get the message across. Face in hole boards, selfie boards and photo walls are fantastic engagement tools at public events because people can’t resist getting their faces in them and taking photos. The photos usually make it onto social media, which helps to spread the message even further. We use artwork supplied by the organisation and/or use our own in-house artists to design a bespoke board that sends a loud and clear message. Here are some more examples of our work with organisations running awareness campaigns.

If you are organising events like the above and want to find out more about our custom-made products, call us on 01842 337 100 or send us an email and we’ll get straight back.

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Boost postponed events in 2021!

One of the team has just completed a fundraising walk for a local charity. Like many such events it was originally scheduled for 2020 but then COVID forced it to be postponed to 2021. The organisers were hugely relieved to be back running the event and raising money, and David was hugely relieved to get over the finish line!

2021 rescheduled events

As we emerge from lockdown and rules are eased, there will be a great number of events taking place this year that were postponed from last year. Charities can resume their events, sports crowds are gradually coming back, business gatherings can start to be face to face again, and exhibitions can start again where they left off last year.

This is great news for everybody, and they will quite likely be looking to give their events an extra boost to make up for what was missed out on last year. One way of getting that boost is to add some extra visual elements to the event and to the publicity surrounding it. Get the public interacting and there should be a healthy increase in attendance and engagement.

This is what we do best. Our face in hole boards are always a big hit because they invite people to interact and take photos. That grows brand awareness and helps it to stay top of mind. The photos often end up in local and trade media, too, which again gives the event a boost. We supply these memorable visual aids to all sizes of event, from household names to small local happenings.

We’ve been listening to customers for over a decade and created a variety of options that should suit any type of event.

Freestanding face in hole boards

Events postponed from 2021

These can be designed with your own artwork or we can create a design for you. There is a big range of sizes, shapes and number of face holes. We have a folding model that folds in half for easy transportation and storage between events.

Promotional cutouts

product promotion, product launch marketing tools

Any size, shape and design you want! Logos, mascots, icons – you name it, we’ll build it!

Photo walls

postponed events 2020

Large format boards that provide a backdrop. Can have multiple face holes if requested, or none at all if that is suitable.

Selfie boards

Cancelled events 2020

Hand-held photo boards that can be carried around for quick photo opportunities. Never miss a photo op!

Hand sanitiser stations

rescheduled events 2021

These are still going to be part of events for a while, and they present a further opportunity for visual appeal. They can be created with your own artwork, insignia, message etc.

How could you use one of these boards to create visual appeal and come roaring back in 2021? Talk to the team!


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