Black Friday offer till Monday 28th!

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Black Friday photo cutouts face in hole boards offer

It’s here: the Black Friday offer, with 15% of all orders until the 28th of November!

The offer includes everything in the store and is as easy as entering the code ‘blackfriday15’ in the shopping cart at That means all the following photo cutout boards are discounted, so now’s the time to grab a board for your next event! Click the links to go directly to that section of the site.

Seaside photo cutouts

Wedding photo cutouts

Christmas photo cutouts

Seasonal photo cutouts

Adult photo cutouts

We’re feeling generous, so if you need a custom-made board or are interested in hiring the National Self Portrait Gallery, give us a call on 08450 570 321 or email and we’ll be extra nice to you and see what we can do on the cost.

Now is the time to order a board for your next event!

Wishing you a happy festive season,

The team

A little video about

We’ve made a little video to show you how we design and create a photo cutout board for your event, party, wedding or fundraiser. We design and make the perfect face in hole board for your occasion. Call us to discuss your idea, or if you don’t have an idea, we’ll think of one for you! (08450 570 321)

Our custom boards are one of a kind. We make them perfectly sum up your business, charity, event or wedding. We’ll happily add any logos, branding, hashtags, web addresses, phone numbers etc. you desire, so that when people share their photos of the face in hole action, your message is shared as well on social media.

It really is as simple as the video suggests! Give us a call or email, and tell us your idea for the perfect photo cutout board for your event. We can design it from scratch for you and work with you until you are happy with it, or you can send us a sketch or your own design and we’ll create and build the board for you!

Each board is made of washable, waterproof Foamex PVC mounted on a sturdy aluminium frame with stable legs that keep it steady, even in moderate winds.

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There are completed boards: sturdy, durable and stable.

Does this blog post spark an idea in your mind for a photo cutout board that could boost your charity fundraising, business presence, wedding fun or party atmosphere? Call us on 08450 870 321 or email Shelley at

Browse the range of ready-made photo cutout boards and see the custom options at,uk.

Face in hole boards featured on Ellen!

Anna meets Dory via the medium of face in hole boards

Face in hole boards hit prime time TV in the USA this week, when Ellen DeGeneres used them in a hilarious segment on her talk show. Ellen and Frozen actress Kristen Bell played the parts of Princess Anna and Dory the amnesiac fish respectively by using small face in hole boards. Both stars knew their parts well as they voiced the characters in the respective films. DeGeneres voiced Dory in both Finding Nemo and Finding Dory.

The pair improvised a sketch in which Anna and Dory meet for the first time. But true to character, Ellen/Dory forgot what they were talking about. ‘I’d love to build a snowman,’ says Ellen/Dory. ‘Great, let’s do it,’ says Bell/Anna. ‘Let’s build the snowman.’ ‘What snowman?’ asks Ellen/Dory. ‘I’m Dory, who are you?’

Watch the video here.

An irreverent reverend!

Some interesting ‘face in hole ideas for a church picnic’ have emerged from the fevered mind of David Hayward, aka The Naked Pastor. The ideas are rather close to the bone for an actual pastor to have produced, but he drew them, not us. We can’t reproduce his cartoon here due to image permissions, but you can see what the irreverent reverend came up with here (warning: it’s a bit naughty):

Halloween is stalking us again!

Are you planning a Halloween event or party. We have a special Dracula and Witch board for hire or purchase. Grab one for your Halloween bash!

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You’d be bats not to hire this one at Halloween.

Christmas Range!

And we hate to say it, but it’s time to start thinking about entertaining the concept of mulling over the possibility of toying with the idea of envisioning the vague notion of planning your Christmas entertainment. Yes, that was a long sentence, and yes, it’s a long time to Christmas – except it isn’t. By the time you’ve blinked it will be November, and from then on things seem to speed up in the run-up to the festive holidays. Check out our Christmas Range of photo cutout boards to brighten up your festive event or party!

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Help Santa deliver presents in this cute photo memory.

(We also make custom boards, so just ask and we’ll design a perfect board for you).

Photobooths: are they as good as photo cutouts?

Ever since the portable camera was invented, people have loved to take photos of each other. In more recent times, people seem to prefer taking photos of themselves – the selfie craze. But this phenomenon didn’t start with the smartphone and its front-facing camera. Photobooths have been around for a while in shops, supermarkets and department stores. In the 1980s they were mechanical photo development labs that took 10 minutes to process your passport photos. Are you old enough to remember those?

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Was there a little man in there developing the photos?

Even then people used them for silly pictures of themselves and friends. Photobooths – in a modern digital format, of course – are now making a comeback at weddings and events, and come with a box of silly props like moustaches, wigs and big glasses. They cost around £500 to hire for a few hours. But why not be different, and spend less? For a lot less than £500 (call Shelley on 08450 570321 for prices or see our site), you can hire a gorgeous traditional photo cutout board that is even more fun. Everybody has a smartphone, so within seconds photos of fun-loving wedding guests can be winging their way around social media for the enjoyment of friends and family. What’s not to like about this, for example?

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A lot cheaper than a photobooth and a lot more fun!

The BBC has been reporting this week on the fall and rise of the photobooth and they have even had a section on You & Yours on Radio 4. The flat-pack, pop-up booths are all the rage at weddings. But if you want to dare to be different, and have something at the wedding that harks back to our traditional seaside, why not order a photo cutout board from our range or have one custom-made with the bride and groom’s names on it, and to any design you like?

Here’s a bit about our process of making a custom photo cutout board to order. Do you have an idea for your very own design? Call us and we’ll talk it through with you!

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Guaranteed fun at any event!

For some reason people find it really funny when someone else sticks their face through a picture. For the origins of the phenomenon, find out more about the history of the photo cutout board. But it doesn’t really matter why it works – it just does. Photo boards add guaranteed fun to all types of events. But which sorts of events are most popular? Here are the main types of event where our photo cutout boards are used:

  • Marketing events / product promotions. A face-in-hole board truly gives a product or service a face, and the interactive nature of the boards mean people play around with them and literally ‘get into’ the brand (which is splashed all over the board). Companies who have used our boards to great effect at marketing and promotional events include Tilda Rice and Autoglass. Here are those two examples:
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Autoglass commissioned a custom design for their promotional event in London.
  • Weddings. Maybe it’s the traditional, saucy nature of photo cutout boards that fits in so well at weddings. Of course the happy couple will pose with their faces in through the holes, but everybody else, young and old, can have a go too. As the wedding party snaps away with their cameras and phones, the board provides a focus and is sure to create wonderful photo memories. See our wedding range here.
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On this wedding board guests can write chalked messages to the bride and groom, or put up hashtags for photo sharing.
  • Seasonal events. Christmas, Easter and Halloween are prime time for parties and events, and we have boards for all three. Customers can hire from our seasonal ranges or have us make a custom board specially for them. Add some interactive Santa, bunny or vampire fun to your seasonal event!

Christmas Range

Easter & Halloween


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Have some WInter wonderland fun in this snowy Christmas themed photo board.
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Easter Bunny, Easter Egg and Hot Cross Bun – join in the Easter fun!
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You’d be bats not to hire this one at Halloween!
  • Charity fundraising events. We have made custom boards for many charities, who find that they create a healthy buzz at their fundraising events. The board represents the charity and carries the name, web address and social media hashtags if desired, so that when people share their photos of each other grinning or grimacing through the face holes, the charity name, website and social sharing info are plain to see. And people donate more when they are laughing! Here’s a recent one:
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The Dogs Trust custom board
  • Any other type of event! Birthday parties, book launches, store openings, sports matches – a photo cutout board will brighten any event and help to make it memorable.

Call Shelley today to talk about a photo cutout board to make your event special!

0845 057 0321

Or email

Run a photo board competition to boost sales!

In July we featured the fabulous photo cutout board we made for River Dart Country Park. We revealed the process of creating the boards we make, from design sketch to finished product.

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The finished board ready for use

That same board is now the centre of a promotional competition – and it’s a great example of how a board can be used again and again for fundraising.

River Dart Country Park are using a well-tested competiton format involving Twitter. For a chance to win a two-day family camping trip, contestants have to visit the park, snap themselves using the photo board, and share the snaps using the #JollyDart hashtag. It’s actually the same ruse as we mentioned in last week’s blog post, where U.S. brand MOD Pizza used a hashtag and photo board to promote brand awareness in the UK. It’s a win-win because it drives people to the park whilst promoting brand awareness. Could your company try this proven tactic to grow sales and brand awareness?

River Dart Country Park aren’t just using Twitter; people can use the hashtag on Facebook and Instagram as well. Our guess is that the competition will go well for them, and we congratulate them on continuing to think of creative ways to use their photo cutout board. Their marketing manager is obviously on the ball, and wants to get the most out of their photo board investment.

May the best photo win! Here’s one that might, with even the dog joining in.

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The board in situ being used by holidaymakers

That’s the beauty of buying a face-in-hole board from with your branding, logo, hashtags, web addresses or other insignia on the board, shared photos spread the word about your company, charity or event around the internet at the speed of light. A particularly good photo has a chance of going viral – the holy grail of marketing!

Ask us about branded photo boards today. Call Shelley or Richard on 08450 570321 / email

From pencil to print: how we make a photo board

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A concept sketch

Let us take you on a journey behind the scenes at photocutouts, showing you how the magic happens!

When you call us to order a photo board, the first thing we do is listen to you and gather your requirements. This can be a verbal brief where you give us your idea, or you can supply the artwork yourself. If you have a logo or other branding you would like added to the board, we’ll include it if you can supply us with the image files.

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A fuller drawing to check the colours with the customer

If you have a board design already made by an in-house designer, we’re happy to use that artwork, and will do our best to make it fit best on the size of board you need. We just need the design in high resolution JPEG, EPS or PDF format.

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The finished board ready for use

A verbal brief might be something like ‘I’m thinking of a dolphin and a walrus reclining on sun loungers.’ We’ve had odder ones than that – the sky’s the limit when it comes to creative ideas for photo boards. We’ll then discuss the design with you and offer further ideas if we think it will improve the finished product. When we have a detailed brief, we’ll get our in-house team of talented artists to produce a mock-up for you. If you have any amendments to make at that stage, we’ll tweak things until you are satisfied with the design.

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Another concept sketch by our art team

We’ll also discuss how the board is going to be used, which includes the age of your audience and any other factors to be considered in its use in practice. For children, you’re going to need the face holes at the right height, and for basketball players, they will need to be a bit higher! We try to make our boards comfortable to use, so that nobody has to crouch down, stand on tiptoes or twist their neck around to use them.

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… and the finished product with company branding.

When you are completely happy with the final design, we print it onto high definition, wipe-clean vinyl and apply it to durable, waterproof Foamex™ board. Once the board is made, it needs to stand up, and we are proud of our lightweight aluminium frames that hold the board rigid. We have several support systems for the board and frame, including metal feet and tough, paintable wooden stands that can also have your logo or other artwork on them to expand the board beyond its borders.

We’ll ship the finished board(s) to you by next-day courier, or deliver to you directly if you’re not too far away from our Norfolk workshop.

The complete process from order to finished board can take 3 weeks, so get your order in well in advance of the event you plan to use it for! Call us today on 0845 057 0321.

News from around the photo board world

Four things from the world of face in hole boards have caught our attention this week. The ever-popular props have been spotted in various locations, and one of them featured George R.R. Martin, author of Game of Thrones!

We might as well start with legendary photo board addict Tomoyuki Shioya. We’ve written about him before because he is such a photo board star. Here’s his latest photo, taken somewhere in Japan but featuring a scene from a different culture.

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Shioya, expressionless as always, in a Mexican or Spanish fiesta scene
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He is only happy when his face is in a face in hole board, though he does not allow himself to show it.

Shioya posts almost daily on Facebook, has been interviewed on Japanese TV and for newspapers, and is something of a celebrity. His hobby is called ‘Kaohame’ in Japanese, which means ‘insert face’. Naturally we love him.

Game of Thrones fans will like this: GoT author George R.R. Martin was at Comic Con last Friday and decided to step into the role of Daenarys Targaryen, a major character in the series.  An quick-thinking fan snapped a wonky selfie with Martin/Daenarys.

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He really gets into his characters.

Last Christmas a church in Ashton-upon-Mersey, Cheshire,  invited its congregation to literally get into the Nativity story by having face in hole boards made featuring the holy family and the Three Wise Kings. Area residents were encouraged to spread the good news by sharing their snaps on Social Media with hashtag #inthestory. This is another creative way to use photo cutout boards to promote a product or cause. Well done St Mary’s Church!

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Residents were able to participate directly in the Nativity story

There’s a good board on Pinterest dedicated to photo cutout boards, full of ideas from around the web, including some of our own boards. Check it out here. And we also have our own Pinterest boards you can follow and share here.

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Who uses our face in hole boards?

Maybe you’re wondering where our face in hole boards are used and who uses them. Here are just a few examples of boards we’ve made for our wide and varied customer base.

We made a nautical skulduggery-themed, three-hole board for River Dart Country Park. Talking like a pirate is obligatory when you have your face through this one. It’s easy: shut one eye and growl about random seafaring terms in a comedy West Country accent. We are also planning to make a series of themed boards for International Talk Like A Pirate Day.

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Arrrrr! Scupper me timbers and shiver me mainbrace. Pirates run riot at River Dart Country Park

Norwich City Football Club use our face in hole boards at their training events to put young players in the boots of grown-up City players. Once they’ve put their face in the hole and had their photo taken the young lads are destined for stardom.

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Norwich City Football Club use our boards for their training events.

The World Animal Protection charity used our face in hole boards for two of their campaigns. Here’s the one for their Full Fact Milk campaign. Somehow the faces seem to fit the animals!

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World Animal Protection used a board on their charity roadshow.

… and here’s the one they used for their Sea Change campaign to highlight the dangers of discarding used fishing gear in the sea.

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We made this board for World Animal Protection to highlight the dangers of Ghost Fishing – what happens when fishing tackle is discarded and floats around the oceans.

A face in hole board appeared recently at the Badminton Horse Trials.

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A Photocutouts board at the Badminton Horse Trials.

Are you planning an event, charity fundraising drive, fun day, or similar occasion? What kind of picture would you like on your face in hole board? We can design and print pretty much anything, and work with  you to make it perfect for your event. Get in touch with Shelley on 08450 570321 or email to see how we can help make your event special!


Peep boards, photo boards … what to call them?

The boards are back in town! Photo cutouts, or face-in-the-hole boards, are back in fashion and creating a marketing storm for our clients such as Autoglass, Chepstow Racecourse, The Sun and others. But we have a problem: what exactly should they be called?

Just look at all the different names we have come across for boards that you poke your face through to have your photo taken. Click on the camera image to make it bigger.

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People just can’t decide what to call them!

Peep boards, photo cutout boards (of course), Aunt Sally boards, peep through boards, character boards, photo boards, standee boards, face-in-the-hole boards, fat lady on the beach boards … how come there are so many different names for the same thing?

Some people call them Aunt Sally boards because of the traditional English pub and fairground game of throwing sticks and other items at a model bust of ‘Aunt Sally’, a generic character used for venting spleen upon. Why everybody hated her isn’t clear. Fortunately this tradition has largely died out, though versions are still played in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire. The most famous use in mainstream television was Una Stubb’s Aunt Sally character in Worzel Gummidge. 

Peep boards? Famed diarist Samuel Pepys wrote of one of these boards after happening upon one at a fairground. They then became known as ‘Pepys’ boards’.

All right, we made that one up.

Standee or character boards are actually not quite the ones you put your face through, but we have seen them referred to by this name. Standee/character boards are what are commonly known as ‘cardboard cutouts’ or ‘lifesize cutouts’, like the one Justin Beiber made his fans pay $2,000 to ‘meet’ backstage. They are used to promote films, but do not usually have a hole. People generally stand next to them to have their photo taken.

Face-in-the-hole boards? Theories abound as to the origin of this name, but we feel it’s likely to be connected to the fact that you put your face in the hole.

Fat lady on the beach boards? Well of course that one comes from the art of Donald McGill, whose name is synonymous with the saucy seaside postcards we all know and love, like this one that got McGill into a bit of trouble with the law in 1954 when he was 80.

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Oo-err missus!