Wednesday, January 25, 2012

diy silhouette with a twist...


It is lovely to have photos of family around the house, but if you are looking for something a little more arty, then these diy silhouette pictures might just fill the gap. They are quick, easy and very satisfying to make. The traditional silhouette is of course black on white, but we were after something a little more colourful to suit a child's bedroom.


The first step is to take a profile photo of the subject. Print it out and carefully cut around with scissors.

Trace around the cut-out with a very sharp pencil (so as not to lose the detail) onto patterned paper - we used vintage botanical illustrations - and cut out again. The next step is to adhere to a plain coloured backing card and frame.

We experimented with different papers, card and even fabric to get the look we wanted...

Liberty fabric looked pretty but the facial features got lost in the business of the pattern...

This one was cut from illustrations from a vintage children's book. We really liked the way the silhouette popped out, but the black background just didn't fit into the room...

Ahhh! How we love to spend a day with a pair of scissors and a pile of papers!

9 comments:

Something Gorgeous said...

What a lovely idea, they look amazing.

Sandrine said...

Fabulous paper craft idea girls! Love it and thanks for sharing! x

claire said...

love these, i'm going to try them with my daughter.

Japolina said...

My mom had these in black construction paper when I was growing up. This is so much cuter. How clever!

ally said...

Oh these are gorgeous
Will try soon :-)

silvia said...

I love,great!
Silvia

Brooke said...

I REALLY love these! And it's just further proof how awesome you are with a pair of scissors!!

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

You girls blow me away with your creations. I have just discovered your blog via pinterest. I'll be following from now.

creart said...

Wonderful idea!!!