Silhouettes are a great way to personalize your space with a classic twist. Kind of like photos yet more sophisticated don’t you think? They’re easier to make than you might guess. Wanna try? Venus the kitty is my model here but I promise you they turn out even better using people.
Gather your supplies:
- a profile photo of your subject (a plain pale background is ideal) which has been photocopied or printed onto regular old paper
- scrapbook paper in black and any color for your background (you want the good stuff that doesn’t fade, not just construction paper)
- very sharp scissors, this is the only time I use my sewing scissors on paper
Play around with a photocopier or the printer settings on your computer to print the photo to the size you’d like your finished silhouette to be. Trace around the outer edge of the head. I like to tape the picture to a window to get a clearer edge with the light coming through. I also prefer to trace on the back of the picture because the photo details can be distracting. Soften any harsh edges or funny bits like sticky-outy hair and cut this out very carefully. This is now your template. Hold it against a contrasting page of paper to get a sneak peek at how it’s looking and make any adjustments needed. Tape template onto the back side of your black paper in the opposite facing direction you want your finished product to be. Cut very carefully around the template, gently remove it and turn your paper over. Voila…your one-of-a-kind silhouette is ready to tape onto it’s background paper then pop into a frame.
Wouldn’t these make great gifts for grandparents, aunties etc? They look so good in gallery wall arrangements too…simple and sophisticated!
Who will you make a silhouette of? A baby, a newlywed couple, your kids…or maybe pets like I did? Have fun with it and enjoy the weekend!