20 minute crafter. easy peasy silhouettes.


Hellooooo!  It's crafty time!
Today's 20 minute crafter is 
Chrissie Grace...artist, author, mommy and more. :) 
You can visit her HERE.
Enjoy and think Mother's day...

 Hello! Welcome to my edition of "20 minute crafter."




Like many of you, Little Bit Funky is one of my very favorite blogs, so I am so honored to be sharing one of my projects over here with you!



This has got to be one of the easiest craft projects I've ever done...

Everyone knows that silhouettes are still super hot decor. 
If you haven't done one for your kids yet, you have no excuse now!:)


Supplies that you'll need:
~camera and a printer
~wooden plaque (I bought mine at Michaels for 79 cents)
~white paper (I prefer cardstock)
~Modge Podge
~scissors
~black paint and a paintbrush
~ribbon
~hot glue gun


The first thing you need to do is take your picture. I have four little ones, so I put them on the same white wall one at a time, backed up about 2 feet, and got on my knees so that I was at their level. Don't worry about shadows or anything like that. Then just snap a few...


The plaques that I bought measure about 4 x 6, so I printed my photos at 3 1/2 x 5. I prefer to use cardstock, but if you only have regular printer paper it will work.


Cut out the profiles. I think it's much more interesting to get in all those pesky hairs! 
Cut away from the shadows if you have any...


Turn your silhouette over and paint it black. As you can see in my photo, the paper will curl a little, but after it dries, it should lay back down. Let it dry completely.

Using a thin layer of modge podge, glue your silhouette down. Go slowly to prevent bubbles. Use your finger to smoosh out any bubbles and to get it nice and flat. I also put a coat of modge podge on the top as well. Let it dry.



Cut a piece of ribbon about 8 inches long. Using hot glue, adhere it to the back.
Voila! You are done! Now hang it!




You may have noticed that I never painted my wooden plaques. I preferred the look of the light wood. You could vary this project by painting the background different colors, painting your silhouette a different color, or incorporating scrapbooking papers into the mix. I hung ours above our bed, but I think it would be a great idea to make them for scrapbooks too. 
Wouldn't it be cool to make one at the same time every year to document change?
Thanks for joining me on this little crafting adventure. I hope you have fun making some:)
xo, Chrissie
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9 comments:

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

So sweet!

Krissy said...

how cute, I really like that idea.
Sorry for stalking, I stumbled across your blog through the house the Jade built :)

Texas Gal said...

Sooooo cute! Can't wait to do this! Thanks for sharing -- I have everything I need to get started -- awesome!!!

Scottie said...

These are SO awesome...I will be doing this...like tonight. :) Thank you gals!!

Parrotts said...

Painting the actual picture...now why didn't I think of that?!? This is so quick & easy it's almost a crime...Thanks! :)

Trish said...

thanks for this... i have been really wanting to do this only in a frame a bit larger. now that i know how you did it i can modify it not be scared :)

Heather at All A Flutter said...

So cute! I'm a huge fan of Chrissie Grace so it's great to see her here.

Neroli Henderson said...

Very cute idea! Having one for every year to show change would be great. If you're up with design software like photoshop or illustrator you could just trace around the silhouette using the pen tool, colour that in black and then delete the backing photo and add in whatever background you'd like.

Momma said...

AWESOME! I had to do this and I love how they turned out! Check it out...
http://thecraftycopycat.blogspot.com/2010/08/silhouettesyes-i-had-to-google-that-to.html

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