Monday, October 29, 2012

silhouette tutorial. with a twist.

so i'm sure you've seen silhouettes all over everywhere. because they're so dang cute. my bestie, emily has a great tutorial which uses paint. but, i saw this new twist on the silhouette and i thought it was darling and even easier. yes and yes.

one of my favorite shows is secrets from a stylist on HGTV. well, her and dear genevieve. i would let either of them have free reign in my house without one single hesitation.

anyway, she was making silhouettes for a client and she did it this way. which i loved because there was no paint involved and no dry time. and sometimes the paper can crinkle if you put too much paint on.  also, side note : i just love the texture of matte paper.

SO HERE'S WHAT YOU DO

1. take a silhouette picture. this happens best by standing your subject in front of a window or something backlit.



enjoy the asian rockstar mullet. you're welcome.

2. print the picture on your computer. it doesn't matter if it's a cruddy print out.



3. tape the silhouette to craft paper. i chose to go with color instead of the traditional black and white. if i get sick of this color, i can paint the paper black and frame it. i also love navy paper but yellow went better with the decor in the living room.


5. cut around the silhouette. it truly doesn't need to be perfect. just cut on the line.


i accentuate eyelashes and cowlick's because they're adorable.  and i also had to add a ponytail to lila's picture because her hair was a mess when i took the picture. 

JIMMY. RIGGED.



6. remove the printout carefully from the actually silhouette.

7. tape onto a piece of white card stock.

8. frame! these frames are from michael's and cost $14. but if you're on a budget, the dollar store has frames.



it really is that easy. took me an hour to do all 3 of the kids.

each cost me:
$14 frame + $1 paper
for a total of $15... because i'm good at math.


now get after it!


39 comments:

  1. Aggghhh! Love this! I've been trying to "decorate" my home for the first time, and I have made disasters out of even the simplest of crafts. But - I think even I can do this, lol.

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    1. no, you can do this. even if it takes a couple of silhouette practices!

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  2. thanks for using fancy yellow instead of black. I will be copying this soon.

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  3. I'll nominate you for Dear Genevieve if you nominate me. :) - they turned out super cute and I love that you drew in your daughter's ponytail. love your humor girl.

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    1. yes! let's nominate ourselves. i really want her to come do my kitchen.

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  4. so cute! i love the color of paper you chose. very fun.

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  5. Ok, I'm so doing this that it's already done. Done like a dinner.

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    1. Honestly?....no. But, it's ok. Jesus still loves me.

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  6. cool dude! love these.
    thank you for the comment on my pregnancy announcement post.
    we are excited and nervous about baby #3.
    i am having a miracle baby of redemption. i'd like to tell you the story some time.
    hugs.

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  7. Now this is something my uncrafty self can do!!!! AWESOME!!!! So glad I found your blog. You have a beautiful family :)

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    1. you totally can. easy peasy. and you are so sweet.

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  8. you cut really well.
    my silhouettes would have jagged edges. haha.

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    1. i'm not a great cutter actually. i just jimmy rig everything.

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  9. Fantastic! Adding this to my "to-do" list ... Think I'll include our dogs and cat, too. ;)

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  10. Duh...why didn't I think of that. That is one amazing tutorial...thanks!!

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    1. we need people to tell us what to do. that's why. :)

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  11. Duh...why didn't I think of that? That is one amazing tutorial. Thanks!

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  12. Sorry if that posted twice. Had issues.

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  13. I love the silhoutetts, but this has nothing to do with them:) Where did you get your couch? it looks deep and cozy comfy!

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    1. we bought the couch at restoration hardware when it was going out of business by us. 50% off! dream couch. it's incredible.

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  14. awesome idea! I love silhouettes! (too bad you didn't include the rocker mullet) ;) By the by...where did you get your amazazing couch? I LOVES it. Thanks!

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    1. we bought the couch at restoration hardware when it was going out of business by us. 50% off! dream couch. it's incredible.

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  15. This is an awesome idea! I might just take you up on getting after this...

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  16. cute. where did you get that giant couch though??? love that!

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    1. we bought the couch at restoration hardware when it was going out of business by us. 50% off! dream couch. it's incredible.

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  17. I used Emily's tutorial last Christmas to give as gifts! I feel like using colored paper instead of painting is a big "DUH" that I never thought of! I have even seen on pinterest (of course) using silhouettes/cut outs of disney princesses, superheros, characters from books, etc to decorate a kids room with.

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  18. That is so cute! I love Secrets from a stylist, too - Emily is adorable and her style is so great!

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  19. This is totally unrelated...but wanted you to know that sometimes I open you blog in place of pandora... :)

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  20. Do you have a tutorial for your beautifully patterned wall?? LOVE this project! I'm doing this!

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