There’s no denying the stress and uncertainty taking over our lives as we deal with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. In a matter of weeks, our lives have changed, with restrictions forcing many of us to spend far more time at home. Our efforts to isolate can make a huge difference as we strive to flatten the curve, but the simple act of hanging out at home can prove surprisingly difficult.

Even the most introverted among us are bound to eventually feel restless or lonely. When these emotions arise, clever strategies can strengthen our resolve. Sometimes, the simplest or silliest measures are also the most effective.

At Cardboard Cutout Standees, we’re happy to do our part to make social distancing and shelter-in-place efforts a bit more bearable. Our products can be used creatively to bring entertainment and comfort to these difficult days.

Not sure where to start? Make the most of these creative cardboard cutout ideas!

Play Quarantine Games

The right games can make time fly by while you’re on lockdown. If you’re like many people, however, you’ve tired of solitaire and Monopoly. Cardboard cutouts provide a great option for freshening up your at-home game experience.

Jumbo Game Boards

Take your favorite games to the next level with jumbo boards created from cardboard cutouts. These boards can be used to create life-sized versions of your favorite games, including everything from checkers to tic tac toe.

2 men play chess on a giant game board in a city park.

“Playing Giant Chess” by GoGap is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Bean Bag Toss & Cornhole

Cornhole may have once been a top outdoor activity at your favorite bar or restaurant’s patio. Now, however, it can bring a little liveliness to long days at home.

Depending on the weather, you can enjoy the ultimate game of cornhole in your backyard or on the deck. Otherwise, it’s possible to play safely in a large living room or open-concept space.

What better way to bring a little recreational fun to your household when you feel cooped up on a rainy day?

Makeshift Pinata or Punching Bag

Pinatas aren’t just for parties — and they can be fun even when they aren’t filled with candy. In fact, they’re far more entertaining when they feature images of celebrities or important people in your life.

Better yet: if you’re sick and tired of your own company, follow the lead of Modern Family star Ariel Winter. She recently amused her Instagram followers with a video of her creative quarantine exploits: taking a bat to a cardboard cutout of her own face. Feel free to imitate her clever concept with a BigHead cutout.

Entertain the Kids

Struggling to keep your kids entertained without falling for the lure of extra screen time? Cardboard cutouts can help — especially if your children are too young to get involved with distance learning. They’re also ideal for small children who get anxious when their parents are away.

Look to a clever Japanese couple for the ultimate solution: calming young children with the comforting sight of lookalike cutouts. These parents discovered this ingenious solution after struggling to calm their son, who previously burst into tears the moment his mom left the room. His dad experimented with life-sized cardboard cutouts featuring his wife kneeling and standing. These were placed strategically to keep the child happy as his mom snuck away.

Grandmother with 2 cutouts of her granddaughters.

Send Grandma a cardboard cutout of the grand-kids.

This is by no means a permanent strategy, but it can provide a few moments of relief for struggling parents. Also helpful? Cutouts of animals or dolls, which kids can play with if they tire of their usual toys.

Keep Company with Cutouts of Your Favorite People

Cutouts can provide powerful reminders of loved ones when a small image on a cell phone screen just won’t do. From your best friend to your grandma, a variety of special people can take on a permanent spot within your home.

If your forced time with family members or roommates makes you long for the company of somebody else, you may prefer a cutout featuring one of your favorite celebrities.

Feel free to stage photos in the goofy style of a Reddit user featured on BuzzFeed. This ingenious woman used a cardboard cutout of The Rock to live out a variety of puns in goofy pictures. Choose your favorite celebrity or some other character to create your own version. You’ll have as much fun brainstorming ideas as you will posing for photos.

Attend Gatherings As A Cutout

Man and woman cardboard cutouts together.

Surprise your friends and family with a cutout.

As you enjoy the companionship of cutouts that look like your loved ones, consider passing on this ability to friends and family members. This could provide a wonderful surprise for loved ones who clearly miss your company. Send them cardboard cutouts of you and your immediate family members to provide a powerful reminder of your adoration, which won’t disappear in the midst of quarantine.

We’re thrilled to say that this idea gained traction with Good Morning America, which highlighted some of our favorite Instagram images in 2018. While the idea received plenty of praise at the time, we believe it’s an even better option now that coronavirus has so many people feeling lonely or nostalgic.

Start A Backyard Creative Project

As the weather grows warmer, the great outdoors provide the promise of escape from your cramped quarters. While some of your favorite parks, beaches, or other outdoor destinations may currently be off-limits, your backyard remains a true place of respite. After a day or two of lounging, however, you might be ready for a fun project.

Consider taking the lead of a creative man who spent a month living alone in Maine. He used a variety of cardboard cutouts to capture silhouette images at sunset. Don’t hesitate to put your own unique spin on this concept to capture the hidden beauty of your backyard.

Create Hole-In-Head Cutouts for Pet Photoshoots

Your pets are no doubt loving your increased presence at home. They provide the perfect source of distraction from the worrisome headlines — and a great opportunity for delighting loved ones via social media. All it takes is a well-timed cat or dog photo to snap your friends and family members out of their current state of stress.

If you’re on the hunt for something a little different than your usual Facebook or Instagram pet posts, look to hole-in-head cutouts for a hilarious photo opportunity. Select a cardboard cutout featuring one of your favorite celebrities, characters, or real-world friends — but replace the typical human face with the far more adorable visage of your cat or dog. If your pet is willing to cooperate, you can capture a variety of fun images as you play photographer.

This idea isn’t 100 percent original; a Japanese woman highlighted by BoredPanda attracted attention when she posed her adorable dog within a variety of cardboard designs. With our realistic BigHead cutouts, however, you can take this concept to the next level.

Cardboard Cutouts: Getting You Through the Coronavirus Quarantine

A little creativity can go a long way as you adapt to your new life under quarantine. We’re happy to help by providing options for entertainment or social interaction via our vast selection of BigHead and life-sized cardboard cutouts. Contact us for even more insight on the many strategies you can use to make the most of cardboard cutouts as you navigate the complications of the coronavirus outbreak.