DIY silhouettes {from funky vintage lovely}

by @according2kelly on September 12, 2011

for the entire month of september will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season…

welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along.” we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season all month long. yep! yep! 31 days of projects. so dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. a southern fairytale is spotlighting lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss. & to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our featured blogger is one of the cutest, happiest, most darling people i have ever met – april, of funky vintage lovely. april writes…

Hi! My name is April and I blog over at Funky Vintage Lovely. I was thrilled when Kelly asked me if I would like to share a handmade project perfect for gift giving this upcoming holiday season! I’m working on not being such a procrastinator….so this is perfect. We can never start too early on handmade gifts.

DIY silhouettes

I only like to craft things that are quick. I need instant gratification when sitting down to do a project. I came up with an easy tutorial for family silhouettes….and who wouldn’t love a silhouette of their children or grandchildren as handmade gift? It just takes 5 easy steps!
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1. Start with taking a profile picture of your child. Print on cardstock (it doesn’t roll when painting like photo paper does).
DIY-silhouettes2. Carefully cut out profile. I sometimes extend the eyelashes just a tad for the finished profile picture. Both of my children have very long eyelashes so if the picture doesn’t capture it, I still do!
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3. Paint over pictures with craft paint in black.
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4. Once paint is dry, turn over and spray with adhesive to mount to white cardstock.
DIY-silhouettesDIY-silhouettes5. For a second mat, mount them to pretty scrapbook paper and frame!DIY-silhouettes

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These are hung in our family room above our TV. I love knowing that I have a keepsake that will last forever of when my children were 13 and 8 years old! I think any mother or grandmother would love the same gift!

about april: She likes being a wife and mother, likes sharing her heart, likes social media, likes jeggings, likes color, likes decorating, likes shopping, likes beach vacations, likes creating, likes sewing, likes thinking that God trusted her to be a special mother to a very special little boy. It helps her get through the day!

 

baking, crafting & sewing along at home? don’t forget to play show & tell… upload your photos to our flickr group HERE. follow along with all of our featured bakers, crafters & sewers on twitter HERE, & tweet about the holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along” using the hashtag #handmadeholiday.

13 comments
Mom
Mom

I really love this idea and you really made it so simple. Duh! Why didn't I think of that? Great idea!

jewel
jewel

Beautiful idea, even the least artistic can create an attractive keepsake this way.

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

it such a quick & easy way to make such a wonderful keepsake & gift!

Mandi
Mandi

Diggin it! We are doing this as one of the grandparents gifts this year for xmas!! I was wondering tho...what size did you print the pictures at..are these in 8x10 sizes? Just brilliant! Thanx so much!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

it does look like the photos are about 8x10 - she just seemed make the photo as big as possible on a sheet of cardstock.

Christy Tucker
Christy Tucker

O M G-osh, this is so flippin awesome, thank you for sharing! I can't wait to see some of the sewing ones. :)

sarah
sarah

Awesome & SO much easier than getting in there and messing around with photoshop!

Stevie
Stevie

LOVE this idea! I'll be making one for sure, tfs!

stephanie
stephanie

Love this idea! Best thing is its super easy! I know what Im doing when the kids get home from school!

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