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.
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.
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!