Creating keepsake silhouettes

I’ve always wanted timeless silhouettes done of our children.  We almost had them done in Disney last year, but we left the park before remembering to do them.
Well, I decided that I could do them myself by-golly….why not!?!?

And, after finding three ornate old frames last weekend at an estate sale, I was motivated to start this project.

Here are the beautiful, old frames I bought for a buck a piece !!

Here is what my frames looked like
I began this project by painting each one of my frames.  I used a $3.99 qt. of Benjamin Moore oops paint in just the right color blue I was envisioning for the frames (gotta love when you score like that!).  I also glazed each frame with a watered-down black acrylic craft paint to highlight all of the ornate details.
look at that detail!  I love how they came out.
Next, I took side profiles of each one of my kiddos…

it doesn’t matter if your pictures are perfect ~ this one has so many dark shadows but it’s okay
little blurry but no worries….

I edited each photo using Adobe Photoshop elements.  I used the magnetic lasso tool to trace around each profile, then cut and pasted their cut profiles in a new white layer so it looked like this….

I adjusted the size of their profiles to fit my 8.5″ x 11″ page and printed each one.  I then traced each one with a light colored pencil on black card stock.

Then, I simply cut out each one of the silhouettes.  This takes a steady hand, I had to do it a few times before it actually looked like my son because the first time I cut too much of his nose off! LOL.
I traced each frame opening on cardboard from boxes I had around the house, then cut each one out.  I  also cut an oval piece of batting and neutral colored fabric for each frame as well.  

To attach the batting, I just sprayed with a spray adhesive and placed onto the cardboard.

Same for the fabric….

I hot glued the fabric to the back of the cardboard like this…

As I glued, I pulled the fabric gently to eliminate any wrinkling.

I didn’t take a photo of the next step, but to attach the silhouettes to my fabric oval I just hot glued them around the edges, making sure to only use a tiny bit otherwise the hot glue will “pucker” your card stock.
I placed each silhouette into the frames, tacked into place and hung them on the wall.

I am very happy with how they came out and it’s surprising how much they really do look like my kids.
  This is a fun, inexpensive project that you will cherish for years to come!  

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