Monday, April 30, 2012

Weekend Project: DIY Silhouettes

When I shared the tour of our living room, I had mentioned that I would like to make silhouettes of the boys for above the couch, but that I wasn't completely sure how to do that.  Well, my cousin Natalie left  a comment telling me how she made one of her son, so I have been looking forward to giving it a try.

I started out with a profile picture of each of the boys.  I converted it to black and white and printed it on regular printer paper.  Don't worry about how these look, because you are going to cut them apart.
 I used a pen to trace their profiles, then carefully cut out their little noggins.
 I picked up four pieces of scrapbooking paper at the craft store (2 black, 2 off-white - 59 cents a pop), then used the heads I had cut out as a stencil to trace their profile onto the black paper. 
Once I cut these profiles out it was super simple.  I just used my paper cutter to trim my off-white backgrounds to fit in the frames, then attached the silhouettes and popped them in the frames!
 I really wanted to go very traditional with these and put them in an oval frame, but apparently no one carries them anymore?  We picked up two cheap document frames  ($3 each) to use for now...maybe I will find ovals at a later date. 
We hung them on either side of the big mirror above the couch.  That wall looks so much more complete now, and the little silhouettes make both of us giggle when we look at them.

While we are on the subject of living room changes, guess what else is now in our living room?
A coffee table!  My mom gave this to us when it would no longer fit in their house, she made this years ago out of a chicken coop that used to be used on the farm.  At first I wondered how it would work in our room, since it is very rustic, and our living room is...well...not rustic at all.  Turns out I really love the mix of texture that this adds.  Thanks Mom!!
It gives us a place to corral some stuff, and is also a handy ramp for Jack to launch his matchbox cars out into the air. 

So there you have it - easy DIY silhouettes (thanks Natalie!) and an awesome new coffee table (thanks Mom!).

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  1. Those pictures are adorable! Awesome job.

  2. That coffee table is just gorgeous and I love the silhouettes.

  3. They look great! Such sweet little profiles. Love the coffee table too!

  4. they look great!! dear little profiles :)

  5. LOVE that coffee table, and the silhouettes are a great idea!

  6. Love love love! Great job! I've been wanting to do something with silhouettes for a long time.

  7. Those are so cute! And the coffee table is fantastic!

  8. those turned out great! I did one on photoshop of Kai when he was a baby and have been trying to get the perfect shot of Des to one of him as well. I love the way you've displayed yours as well!

  9. Hi! I just found your blog and have enjoyed reading some of your past posts. My baby, Jaxen, is 3 months old this Friday and I noticed a similarity in your son Luke's 3 month post that I wanted to ask you about. You mentioned that he dislikes his carseat - my baby HATES it as well! He's ok sometimes and will stay quiet, but he usually cries and screams until he's out. It sure makes going out hard, which really stinks. I was wondering, did your baby grow out of that dislike? If so, how old was he? Any tips or tricks?
    Thanks so much! It's so hard not to be jealous of those babies that fall asleep so peacefully in thei carseat and's nice not to feel alone :).

  10. Adorable little silhouettes. Love how they balances out the wall. I too, have been wanting to make some of children. I never realized how easy it was. Thank you for sharing. Btw, another site had used an object such as an oval tray to trace the off-white paper onto. It looked really vintage. Thought I would share that with you. Have a great week.


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