Easy Craft: Color Silhouette
I love the idea of crafting more than the actual act itself sometimes and now that crafts requiring anything best kept out of toddler hands are relegated to nap time, I need them quick and easy. This one is super simple and really fast. Even with painting, it took maybe 30 minutes after I printed everything. I’m not sure of the exact time because there was a little pause in the middle while I asked my crafting guru, Suzanne, for her opinion.
I got the idea and the instructions from a tutorial on SITS, but that silhouette is a classic black and white. I wanted something funkier and I remembered this (found on Pinterest and I am SO BUMMED that the shop is on vacation because I would buy one in a red hot minute):
So, now I had my basic idea. I just needed to figure out what I had in the house that I could use to make this happen. I completely lose interest in a project if I have to go buy things. What was my end result?
I love it! How did I get there? It was a bunch of happy accidents, so I’ll take you through the process and tell you how to make your own awesomeness (I am dying to make one in grey/yellow or teal/orange).
I started out with some basic supplies:
I took a frame I felt like changing up, printed background paper (I googled free stripe printable) and a profile shot of Spencer printed on cardstock. I happened to have cream 4×6 cardstock, so I used that. I initially planned to do cream on green.
Then I cut everything out. To do the silhouette, just cut very carefully around the profile image with scissors or a craft knife. Then flip, so the plain side is up. I then wrapped the background paper around the cardboard frame and place the silhouette cut-out in the desired location and load the frame back up. I intentionally went with an off-center look because I thought it would look a little more modern.
So, I liked it. But, I didn’t LOVE it. So, I did what any normal person would do and emailed the picture to Suzanne. And when she did not answer my email in 2 minutes, I tweeted her to tell her to check her email. Spencer had already been snoozing an hour before I started this project and I had to get it done before he woke up! Looking at it now, I think if I had flipped it to landscape then, I may have liked it more, but I was hung-up on it being portrait and it all worked out for the best in the end.
We decided that the improvement needed was changing the color of the silhouette to something more vibrant. I went with orange because I
had orange paint thought it would pop against the green. I just did 2 light coats of acrylic paint, letting the paint dry about 5 minutes in between. I was going to reassemble in the frame when I looked over on the counter and saw a note card that came with my recent Uff Da! order.
This was kismet, people. Using the notecard, forced a flip in the orientation and the colors looked great together.
Since that was the a really random attempt at instructions, here are the basic steps:
- Procure frame, background paper (card, printed paper, cardstock, scrapbook paper) and a profile photo printed on cardstock. And some paint, if the color of the cardstock is not the color you want the silhouette to be.
- Cut background paper to fit frame.
- Cut out silhouette from photo.
- Paint silhouette, if needed.
- Assemble in frame, using a smidge of glue (a glue stick or spray adhesive would probably work best) if desired. I just stacked them.
- Stand back and admire your fast and easy art
I’m linking with Thirty Handmade Days.