Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Silhouette Tutorial

Good Wednesday evening!
We're curled up over here with a crackling fire, warm cups of coffee and The Christmas Story playing in the background.  
Hard to believe Christmas is only a few days away!  From what the weather man says we might possibly have a white Christmas!!! Crossing my fingers!

Now, just in case you haven't finished up your shopping and are in need of a thoughtful gift to give then I've got just the thing!  I've posted a little tutorial below on how I made the silhouettes of my kids.
I'm sure there are a thousand other ways to make silhouettes... but this is what I found to be the easiest for me!  


The first thing I did was take a picture of the kids' profiles.  I found it was easiest to get a great picture while they were looking out the window at squirrels (while they're watching tv would be a great time too!).  I took the picture as close up as I could.
I then dowloaded the picture onto my computer.  
Once downloaded to my computer I enlarged it by clicking on it.  
I then took a piece of lined paper (simply because it was thin and see-through) and placed it over my computer screen.  Then simply trace over the outside of the profile creating your silhouette!

*Now, this worked great for me because I didn't want huge silhouettes.  I suppose if you wanted a larger or smaller silhouette you could print your picture and then take it to Kinkos (or a print shop) to have them enlarge or make your picture smaller.*

Once I had traced around the kids' profiles I cut them out.

Tape your thin paper silhouettes to a sturdy piece of cardstock.
Make sure to use lots of tape around the more detailed parts of the silhouette such as facial features.  

Cut your silhouette out once more.  Once you've cut all the way around you can remove the thin paper pattern from the top and discard it or save it for later if you want to make more silhouettes!

Spread a thin layer of glue over the back of your silhouette and place it on top of a thick piece of cardstock.  I then set a few heavy books on top so that my silhouette will dry flat rather than warped from the glue.  

And there you have it!  Easy silhouettes!!!  
Pop them into a frame and you've got instant art that is full of meaning!

Also, I've had a couple other people ask about the wreath above.  
There is a tutorial posted over here at this blog .
I had quickly read through it and when I had gathered my supplies and went back to assemble my wreath our internet was down.  So I kind of winged my wreath when putting it together.  USE the tutorial... it will make your life much easier :)


Have a great evening friends!


  1. Silhouettes make great gifts for grandparents. I did this a couple of years ago and the GP's just loved them.

    I hoping you get snow by Christmas.

  2. Thanks so much for the silhouette tutorial! I made some of my nephews and daughter for my parents, I'm sure they will love them!

    Merry Christmas!

  3. Thanks SO much for this post... each set of grandparents got silhouettes of each of my kids for Christmas! I'll email you pics when we return home from our travels. Blessings...

  4. This is so cute. I am gonna have to try it! New blog follower! We'd love for you to check us out!