Who doesn’t love sweet silhouette portraits of their children?
Try this DIY silhouette picture project and make your own keepsake!
In fact, it is not even that hard. Let’s dive right in and see how it works.
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DIY Silhouette Pictures
Years ago I had a silhouette from my firstborn done. Now I have two more children and wanted to decorate our house with everyone’s picture.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find someone professional for the job and ended up doing it myself.
In this easy silhouette tutorial, I will show you how easy it is to make them yourself. Let’s have a look!
Silhouette Portraits Materials
In order to create these stunning silhouette portraits you will need the following supplies:
- Printed silhouette photo of your child
- Blue hand copy paper
- Black craft paper
- Glue Stick
DIY Silhouette Portrait Instructions
Time to find out how to do silhouettes with a couple of craft materials by yourself.
Simply follow the step-by-step instruction and you will have gorgeous shadow portrait silhouettes to decorate your home or use as gifts.
Step 1: Make a Silhouette Photo
Take a side profile photo of your children or other subjects against a light-colored background such as a white wall.
Step 2: Size and Print Silhouette Photo
Adjust the size to the chosen frame size. Afterward, print it in black and white.
You do not have to print it on photo paper, regular computer paper will do for our silhouette pictures.
Step 3: Prepare to Copy Silhouette
Take black craft paper. Place the blue hand copy paper on top of it followed by your printed silhouette picture on top.
Step 4: Trace Silhouette Outlines
Then trace along the outline of your child’s silhouette with a pencil.
Make sure to follow the outer shape firm with your pencil so it shows on your black paper.
Step 5: Cutting Silhouettes
Now the silhouette should show on the black craft paper.
After checking your simple silhouette drawing it is time to cut the silhouette thoroughly.
Be aware the exacter you work during this project the better the outcome will be.
Step 6: Frame Your Silhouette Portrait
At last, now it is time to glue your silhouette cutout on the white craft paper and place it in a nice frame.
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Tipps on Making Silhouettes
Here are a couple of simple tricks to make your silhouette DIY even easier:
- Match the craft paper and frame to your interior design. Any color can be used!
- Some people prefer just to use the face silhouette but this also works with the whole body.
- Place long hair in a ponytail or bun. This will show off your children’s neckline even better. This is also a great tip if your child has curly hair since this can get difficult to trace and cut.
- I recommend including not just the face silhouette in your portrait but ad at least the neck and parts of the shoulders. A slight curve at the end makes always gives the silhouette portrait a nice finish!
If you do not have any blue hand copy paper around check out this black paint method. It is just as easy.
You can find the full tutorial of this DIY easy silhouette artwork here.
Now I would like to hear from you!
How did your kid’s silhouette picture keepsake turn out?
Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now. I love to hear from you!