One of my favorite things to do when trying to personalize a space is crafting something myself, or maybe a little DIY project with my husband. As many of you know I’ve been working on our back sunroom for an upcoming collaboration (I’m so excited to share it all the details soon!) the last couple of weeks. I knew I wanted to include a couple of simple projects in the space. So today I’m sharing one of those projects with you.
DIY Silhouette Portrait
This project is fairly simple, here is what you’ll need
- A camera, your phone should work just fine
- white and black card stock
- oval frame – I bought mine here
- very sharp scissors or a xacto knife
- a printer
- a pencil
First you will have your child stand up against a white wall. I had my boys sit in a chair. and then I placed a small toy on the table for them to look at.
Take their picture and then upload it onto your computer. Once it’s uploaded I had to play around with mine a bit until I got the sizing correct for my picture frame. I printed it on plain white printer paper in black and white. Then cut around the picture with my scissors. Take your time especially around the nose and mouth. Once I had my “stencil” cut out I placed it on my black card stock. You’ll want to place it opposite how you’re going to frame it. That way the pencil lines will be on the other side.
Trace your picture and then again, cut it out slowly. I used very sharp scissors. Once your silhouette is cut out you’ll want to place it in your frame with your white card stock behind it. I stuck a little piece of tape on mine to hold the silhouette on the white card stock.
I’m really happy with how they turned out. I’ve seen some beautiful ones made by small businesses that are much more precise and intricate than mine and maybe someday I’ll replace these with one of those. But for now I really love these little handmade ones and the simple touch they add to our family room. Happy crafting friends!
If you decide to craft some yourself I’d love to see the finished project! You can tag me on Instagram here
Chair – Home Reserve