Hi! Welcome to my little doitmyselfbecauseI’mcheap corner of the world!
I am so excited to show you this project. It is by far my favorite! I think the results are amazing, if I do say so myself!
I love old things. And maybe that’s why I’m drawn to silhouettes. But since I’m not really artistic, I’ve never thought about making them.
Until I read the NieNie Dialogues. This amazing mother of 4 is a silhouette-maker, among other things amazing things. I stumbled upon her blog months ago when she and her husband were critically burned in an airplane crash. Their amazing love story is rare and beautiful and it will continue.
I felt inspired to create silhouettes of my children, much like NieNie. There are many ways to make silhouettes, but I needed something quick and easy. And I read about painting the back of pictures to create the look here.
Step 1: Take profile shots. This was easy with my oldest two. My toddler was a challenge because she doesn’t stay still for long.
Step 2: Enlarge photo. I had 8×10′s made. But you can also do 5×7′s.
Step 3: Cut out the profile. Many people use a sharp exacto knife to do this. I am afraid of them, so I used scissors. This is the hardest part. I had to shut out distractions and concentrate. Ya know, so my kids would have all their parts. I found that it looks more realistic if you can cut in curls and eyelashes. I even left my toddlers pudgy neck.
Step 4: Flip the picture over and paint it black with acrylic craft paint. Once it dries, the paint will scratch off easily, but it’s easy to fix with a dab of the brush.
Step 5 &6: While these were drying, I grabbed three old frames I’ve used for other projects. They were mismatched and scratched, so I spray painted them all black. Since my pictures were life size and my frames were large, I needed 10×13 white mats. These are expensive, so I bought a package of 10×13 white cardboard cake boards in the baking section of WalMart for a fraction of the cost of the mats. I just glued them down and they fit perfectly.
Step 7: Hang and enjoy!
Step 8: Feel proud of yourself every time you walk upstairs and don’t forget to whisper a prayer for NieNie. Wouldn’t these make a great gift for your family or grandparents? Cheap, but grand!