Monday, April 28, 2014

Silhouettes and Simple Projects...

Here is a little project that I was excited to try. I had seen these cute silhouettes of children, framed and adorning their parents' walls. I loved this idea, but was too cheap to spend the money purchasing them from someone else, so I decided to make my own. Here is what I did, and what you can do if you want to make your own too:

Step 1: Take a photo of your child's profile. It will be easier (later on) if you do this against a solid coloured background. If your child has long hair, it seems to work best if it's being worn in a pony tail.

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Step 2: Print photo in whatever size you want the end product to be (I just used my computer printer)

Step 3: Cut out photo - don't forget to leave just a little bit of the neck, chest, and shoulders visible

Step 4: Trace cut-out onto black cardstock

Step 5: Cut THAT out

Step 6: Mount onto whatever background you like. I used white, but don't be afraid to use colour. A coloured frame with a white background would add a fun modern flair. I also liked the old-school style of mounting onto ovals, but many people choose to mount the silhouette directly onto the bigger background, and that looks great too.

Step 7: Frame your masterpiece. Voila, you are done!

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As long as you can get your kiddo to sit long enough to take the original picture, it really isn't a difficult or time-consuming project...which you know I love! And you don't have to limit the silhouettes to photos of children, either. A favourite pet, cherished item, hand print, etc. are all good ideas too! Be creative!

Additionally, I wanted a better way to display my daughter's school "artwork" rather than just stick it on the fridge. A simple IKEA picture frame did the trick:

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Creating things sure is fun, but also tiring. No wonder I have no energy for the gym!

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