Silhouette Art and a Tutorial

Does anyone else love those old fashioned silhouettes of kids? I know I had them done as a kid and I know my mom had them done of herself. So I wanted some done of my kids. I decided to make some myself instead of trying to locate someone else to do them and pay who knows how much!
I am sure that someone else out there will want to make some for themselves or as a gift for a loved one so I’m going to give you a pretty simple tutorial on how to make your own silhouette art!
What you’ll need:
-Picture Frame(s) (I got mine buy one get one free at Michael’s)
-Black and white cardstock

Start with a couple pictures of your kid(s) facing to the side. As you can see, we used a book to distract my son to look to the side long enough to snap this shot!
Then print them out on normal printer paper. As you can see, the picture quality is not very good. I’m having some printer problems (as in, my printer sucks and that’s a problem!). But for this project it doesn’t matter.
Next you will need to cut out the images. It’s best to use some small and sharp scissors for this. Take your time and make sure to capture as much detail as you can.
I then placed the image face down on some black cardstock and traced the cut out image with a pen.
After the images were traced onto the black cardstock I cut them out, again very carefully and slowly.
I then glued each image to some white cardstock.
Then I attached the white cardstock to the mat from the picture frame.
There you have it, place the mats into the frames and your done!
My sweet little girl:
My little man:

These make GREAT gifts for Grandma’s! I know because this is what we gave them last year as Christmas presents and they loved them! I wanted a set for myself and it only took a year to do it! You could use this tutorial for several different applications. I like the idea of putting them on ornaments or Mod Podging them on some tile for a different look. Have fun with it!
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  1. Thank you for the tutorial! I think this would make a wonderful gift for grandmas for Christmas!

  2. Your silhouttes are absolutely 2 cute! =) Love them in the oval frames!

  3. Adorable! Good tip on keeping your son still for a few moments! 🙂

  4. Brilliant idea! Great instructions, can’t wait to try this one!

  5. What a wonderful project!

  6. Adorable idea! Your children are so cute! I love their curls!

  7. Super cute and elegant. I made some silhouette ornaments this year but would love to have cute silhouettes of my boys year round!

  8. Love them! My grandmother used to love making these of all of us! Thanks for the tutorial!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can’t wait to see what you have for next week!

  9. Thanks for the idea! These took no time at all (wish I could cut straight though) and I made them for my parents for Christmas!

  10. I found you on Tater Tots and Jello! I am loving your blog, I saw it before, but now I am hooked! I would like to invite you to my $50 American Express giveaway and a linky party I have, all going on this week! Happy Holidays! Keep up the great blogging!
    -Dana Jean

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