I made one of those TikTok cardboard cutouts


Beck Iannucci

I spend quite an amount of time on TikTok each week. I keep on seeing these anime cardboard cutouts. As someone that loves to craft and obsess over characters, this was perfect for me.

I used the site Rasterbator.net as instructed. The site didn’t ask for permission to access my photos which worries me. Nevertheless, it did create the images as I wanted them to. Only the page count is very misleading. The first one I made came out small. I made it 4 pages wide and then the site picked the height. I wanted a cutout that was taller but it still looks great next to my manga shelf.

I realize that the lines aren’t perfect but I don’t own an exacto knife to get out the pieces of square background. Honestly, Dazai took about 2 hours and 30 minutes. I don’t think you can tell because the TikTok tutorial made it look so easy but it took forever. My tape kept on tearing in weird ways because it was so thin and the cardboard didn’t want to stay together. I think it would have been easier to use mod podge instead of packaging tape to seal the image but I didn’t want to wait for the glue to dry. If you have patience, then you might want to try that method. I can’t make any promises that it’ll work though.

The second time I wanted a larger cutout so I increased the size by three. Big mistake. With 25% of it built, Mitsuba is almost my height. I spent over 3 hours on his cutout and now I’m not sure what to do. I definitely can’t finish building him because I think he’ll literally hit the ceiling or come close to doing so. He can’t stand on his own either, no matter how much cardboard I add. I’m so disappointed.

In conclusion, this is a great way to kill time, but beware of the measurements you use so you don’t end up with a disaster.