I love the look of silhouettes. I think it’s so cute to see kids pictures on the wall in their little adorable outlines of silhouettes. I am watching my babies grow too quickly and I feel like their little precious features are slipping away before I can even memorize them. I love their little noses and little mouths. The way their precious hands fit into mine and how they hold onto me when they need me are some of my favorite things. We went to see Avengers: Age of Ultron the other night and my 6-year-old reached over with his tiny little hand and grabbed my arm when a certain Character that he loved was harmed. His sweet little voice whispered, “No! No…. No!” as his little fingers wrapped tighter around my arm. I got lost in the moment and relished in the fact that he still needed me, that he reached out to me for comfort and that as quickly as he is growing, his little hands still fit in mine. This little amount of time I have with them at home is passing so quickly. Sometimes I feel like I blink and they are an inch taller. It’s just going to fast. I can cherish all the moments and hold onto the sweet memories but the fact is, they are going to grow up. They will always be my babies but they wont always be little. I want to capture some of their littleness and hold onto it. I love going into older couples homes who have had their kids move out long ago and seeing sweet little silhouettes on their walls of their tiny little children who are now grown with their own little tiny ones. I decided that I wanted to make silhouettes of my kids to hold onto for forever. This was going to be one of my ways to capture their littleness.
I knew it would not take that much time and that I could do it with stuff I had on hand. I had 4 frames for the wall around our bed in our Master Bedroom and I knew this would be the perfect place to put my kids silhouettes.
This method only takes 5 easy steps
1) Take picture
2) Print Picture
5) Cut Again
1) Take Picture
I started by taking side profile shots of my kids. This was the hardest part because they didn’t want to look to the side for me, hahaha I guess they are so used to me telling them to look at the camera that they were confused when I told them NOT too look at me.
After I took the pictures I uploaded them onto the computer and printed them to be the size I wanted them to be. I chose to fill the whole sheet with their picture.
After you print the images, cut them out along the childs profile. I did each ones shoulders a bit different to give them a little bit different of a look for each frame.
From here you have several options. I thought about painting the images with black paint, but I did not want to wait for that to dry so instead I just glued around the edge on my picture and put it onto a piece of black construction paper. You could do black card stock, but I wanted the linen type feel on the paper. When you attach your picture make sure you do it with the face down so that the opposite side of your black paper has the image facing the correct way. I had 2 spots I was putting the kids frames so I wanted one to face left and one to face right. If you don’t take their pictures with them looking that way you want then you can fix it when you are cutting it out. Just make sure that your image is facing the OPPOSITE way you want it to face when its complete, when you glue it to your black paper. Make sure that you have it glued down enough where the image wont move when you are trying to cut it. I just used tacky glue so it was easy to remove. A glue stick would work well, but I don’t recommend a bottle of glue, or rubber cement, you don’t want the glue to bleed through the paper.
5) Cut again
After you have all the images tacked down you are ready for the next step. Cutting out the images again. I used a small pair of scissors so I could get around all the curves without messing up.
Once you have cut out all the pieces you are ready to put them in your frames. Remember to flip back over your pictures so you wont use the side you glued on. I removed the picture after I cut it, but you don’t have too because you wont see it anyway.
Heres where I got creative and eliminated an extra step. The back on the insert that came in the frame was white and I wanted a white back ground.
I simply flipped over the picture insert and glued my silhouette to the back of it. Done and Done!!!
Then I hung them back on the wall and I was in business.
I still need to get a headboard for our bed. I just bought one and am working on it so that space will soon be filled with a headboard. I’m so excited that this wall area is finally coming together and that I was able to achieve the look with the silhouettes that I have been wanting for this space, AND that I did it in about 20 minutes. Fast and cheap are my favorite kinds of projects and this was both. This project cost me nothing because I used everything I had on hand. The frames I bought awhile ago for $8 a piece on sale at Hobby Lobby.
Both of our lamps came from Home Goods and I love how they look in the space, especially with silhouettes there. I wanted lamps that would be classy but that would not block the pictures on the wall. I love that I was able to find two lamps that achieved that goal for me.
My oldest and my third are on my side of the bed.
I love his little features. His hair does funny things in the back and I love that I was able to capture that in the silhouette.
Our second oldest and our youngest are on my husband’s side of the bed.
I am really loving all the changes in our room and how wonderfully its coming together. I think the Silhouettes went a long way to give us the look we were wanting. Those, along with the lamps, totally changed the look of the space.
Just look at the before and after. There is a huge change without spending a lot of money.
You can go here to see our Master Before pictures. This room is a big work in progress and I am loving the results.
What small changes do you make that can make a big difference?