I have always loved the simplicity of silhouette portraits. Whether young or old, a person’s essence is captured in time in a very simple, elegant way. (And not to mention, this project is stinkin’ EASY!!)
I wanted to create one for my kids while they are still young (6 &3 years old). Knowing my kids would not sit still for an hour for me to sketch their little profiles, I came up with a 10 minute way to create a silhouette portrait! BOOM!
All you need for this project are the following:
Camera (I used my cell phone camera)
Card Stock Paper (scrap booking paper works great!)
Double-Sided Tape -or- Glue Stick
Old Frame (or new!)
Snap a picture of your child’s profile. I found that sitting my kids in front of a bright window and taking off the flash helped define their profile features the best.
Print out your images. I’m sure there’s a way to print from your phone, but instead I emailed myself these pictures then printed them out on our inkjet.
Cut out your child’s (or whoever’s) face. I used our hair cutting scissors as they gave me the best results.
Grab a piece of card stock or scrap booking paper and trace the profile onto it.
Now simply cut out the profile on this card stock. I used what I had on hand and used a linen colored paper. I think these would also look awesome in a turquoise, hot pink, lime green, or a patterned paper. (I’m still diggin anything chevron).
Now that you have the spitting image of your child’s profile in your hands, grab a frame! I had 2 identical frames from Costco in each of my kids’ rooms. Either use double-side tape or glue stick to adhere this to another piece of cardstock. I simply glued these cut outs to the black mat that was already in the frame. You definitely want to use a contrasting color so the profile pops out.
I hand wrote the month and year I made these on the very bottom of the piece. It’s barely noticeable, but I like it that way.
From start (snapping a picture of their profiles) to finish (nailing the completed project onto the wall) took all of 10 minutes!
I know, right??!??! I just love these. You can even do this with a beloved pet, grandparent, anyone!!
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