1.19.2010

make your own silhouette picture.

i, like i'm sure most of you, have been drooling over all the custom silhouette pictures of your kids.
i wanted to ask for those for christmas, but i wanted shopping money too.
well, i am now the proud owner of some cute new clothes so my selfishness won.
but....
now i also have some silhouette pictures thanks to my crafty (a.k.a cheap) bum.
here's the supplies you'll need:
photo frame ($10.00 on sale at joanns)
spray adhesive
cardstock
black paint/paint brush
scissors
picture of your kid (the hardest part)
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step 1:
take your kids picture.
print it (my frame is an 8 x 10 size, so i printed the picture in a 5 x 7 size)
i printed it on cardstock as well, so the paper would be thicker.
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step 2:
cut your picture out...being very careful around the sweet little face parts.
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step 3:
paint the cut out picture black.
let dry.
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step 4:
i then used my spray adhesive to adhere it to the white background (sidenote--my white background is just the piece of paper that comes with the frame...i just turned it over)
and voila:
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i will post a picture later of all 4 of them, hung on the wall (after mr. anderson does a little handy work).
this craft literally took me 30 minutes to do.
30 minutes people!
now i have sweet memories of my little people...and new clothes.
everybody is happy.

47 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness Em', that turned out awesome! Can't wait to make some of my two soon.

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  2. Ooohhh...LOVE this idea! Thanks for sharing :)

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  3. O.M.G. I love that! I'm totally doing it!

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  4. this is such a great idea! thanks for sharing!

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  5. hey sweet girl! love this project :)

    PS. i always get excited when you have a new blog post up.

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  6. This is DARLING! You are so talented, I hope you know that! I am definitely going to tweet this...people need to see how easy this is!

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  7. What a super cute family you are! Enjoyed looking through some of your posts...you got some mad photo skills!

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  8. Very cute! You are so stinkin' creative! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. perfect!
    we had ours done at Disney!
    but this is so much better!
    tara

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  10. Awesome!! can't wait to do it!

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  11. um, brilliant. i am doing this craft ASAP and then posting in on my blog as if i made up the idea all by myself. ha.

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  12. um, absolutely brilliant, Midas of all things crafty. you are amazing. so let me tell you how much i love reading jami's hilarious comments on your blog, and then picturing you reading them and laughing. this makes me laugh, and i love it. keep em coming, jamie.

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  13. You could also then scan your black picture... and then print out multiple copies (grandparents) - so you only have to do all of the fiddly cutting once!

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  14. This is absolutely genius, and I can't believe I've never seen anyone do it before! I might even do it tonight. My printer doesn't do photos very well, but the beauty of this is that it doesn't matter! Oh, you have no clue how excited I am...

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  15. Sounds so quick and easy! I've been dying to make my own for years. You've provided some great inspiration. Thanks!

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  16. What a great project! Makes me wish I either had a girl with nice hair, or had done this when my son was a baby and had hair that stuck straight up!

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  17. This is my first time visiting your blog (found it through ohdeedoh) and I love this so much! I already have the absolute perfect picture to use and it was just waiting for this project to come along. Thanks for the idea... and thanks to whoever suggested making copies for grandparents, brilliant!

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  18. genie, that is a fabulous idea!!

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  19. Hi Emily, I have just found your blog today, and I love the silhouette ideas. Will visit your blog regularly. I have just started my blog this year and so far blogging is fun


    Eva

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  20. The silhouette idea is fab. I like your site. It is minimalist and stylish!

    Kristy
    http://life-simplicitas.blogspot.com/

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  21. Love this!! Did you use a flat or satin black paint?

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  22. I wanted to let you know that I featured this tutorial with a link to it and your main blog page on my new blog for my fledgling paper goods company:
    http://prettysimpleblog.blogspot.com/

    I love how simple you made it with the photos of each step! Great tutorial, so glad Odeedoh directed me to your blog! lovely photos!

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  23. i don't know how i stumbled across your blog but i am so grateful i did. i am looking forward to trying this little craft...i'll let you know how it goes. oh and this possibility song rocks.!

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  24. That is AWESOME!!!! Thanks so much for sharing,i will try that.

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  25. I finally got my silhouettes done! http://heathanddena.blogspot.com/2010/02/make-your-own-silhouette.html

    Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  27. This is such a great idea! So creative :)

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  28. Got mine done! Thank you! http://www.southshorekidsblog.com/2010/02/silhouette-picture-craft.html

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  29. Wow. That is so awesome... I never thought it would be so easy. I will definitely try this out! :)

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  30. I am not a crafty person by nature but I do oh so love pretty crafty things so I am working on it. I did this project and it turned out wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing such an easy way to do this! Love it!
    P.S. Just found your blog from TVP and really enjoy it! You're great! Best of luck with getting your newest addition home soon!

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  31. i've been swooning over these on etsy for the longest time. just finished making them using your method and it was super easy. thanks so much, emily! you rock!

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  32. I've been drooling over all of the silhouettes as well but they're so pricey! Yours turned out fantastically! When our next arrives I'll definitely be doing this to go above our mantel!

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  33. Very creative!! I love it and might attempt this over the weekend :)

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  34. this is SOO awesome! must do this once my baby is born!

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  35. I've been making these for years, and my favorite thing to do is to make them on the first of every year, (or once a year, whatever you choose) and then put up the new ones every year, save the old for when my kids get bigger I can give some to them but I will still be able to keep some for my selfish self :) win/win! Love yours!!

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  36. This looks so easy!!! I am going to do this soon. Better than paying to have it done!

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  37. Lovely, Never thought it could be so easy!

    Thanks for sharing.

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  38. LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! I've been wanting to have this done, but now I'm definitely going to do it myself! Wahoo! :)

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  39. Just made my own and it is so stinkin' cute, I know it'll be the hit of the holidays! Thank you SO much!

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  40. cute! love it so much!
    http://sweet-ingenuity.blogspot.com

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  41. Such a simplified way to go about making sihouttes!!! Thank you so much…I'm planning to make large canvas versions as artwork for our basement playroom. I'll be sure to link back to this tutorial when I blog about the room.

    Have a great weekend!
    Amelia
    monogramsnmud.blogspot.com

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  42. Oh my!!!! FINALLY somebody figures out a way to get the job done without 1.spending a zillion years working on it and 2.a computer program which I cannot operate! I can finally attain my precious 4's silhouettes! I just found you from over at Jones Design Company, and I'm so glad I hopped over! You have a beautiful family! You and I are kindred spirits. My family makes fun of me for taking pics of pretty much EVERYTHING in our lives...I know one day they will thank me, and yours will of course thank you:D It also beings me so much joy to see another mother raising her young family with Christ at the center. You. Are. Awesome.

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  43. This is awesome! I'll be doing my own version for Pintober!

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  44. This is awesome! I will be doing my own version in a video on youtube!

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  45. What a fun project!! I shared on my blog, in a handmade for the holidays list. Feel free to stop by and say hi!! http://theprettypickle.com/blog/handmade-for-the-holidays

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