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DIY Silhouette Ornament from Le Papier Studio

Vana Chupp, of Le Papier Studio, is sharing a DIY silhouette ornament tutorial with us today. What a cute way to make custom ornaments! Thanks for sharing with us, Vana!

Are you tired of the same store bought ornaments year after year? Do you wish you could create a one-of-a-kind heirloom piece showcasing your loved one in silhouette form? Look no further! Our Handmade Silhouette Ornaments will add the perfect touch to your tree while leaving you with the satisfaction of creating something with your own two hands. This craft is so quick and easy that you’ll want to tell all your friends about it!

Supplies Needed: 4.25” wooden embroidery hoop, ribbon, sticky-back felt (I used red, white and chocolate–feel free to pick your own colors), scissors, pencil, printed silhouette, backing pattern for the ornaments (download the template here)

Instructions:

1. Download the template and gather all the materials needed for this craft.

2. Start by cutting out the silhouette*. Trace your silhouette on the back of the sticky-back felt and cut.

3. Next, cut a large enough circle to cover the 4.25″ hoop. Use the wooden hoop to guide you (as shown in the picture above).

4. Insert the felt piece you just cut into the loop. Remove the paper from the sticky-back of the silhouette and place on top. To secure the silhouette even more or for a decorative touch, you can chain stitch around the edges of the silhouette (this is completely optional).

5. Cut the printable backing template and glue on the back of the ornament. This will create a nice finished look. You can add your personal note here or your child’s name and age. Hang with ribbon!

Wasn’t that easy? You can create one for each family member, including your furry friends.

*Note on Silhouettes:

Creating silhouettes from your photographs is super easy. Here are a few steps you can follow to create the perfect silhouette:

- Snap a profile picture of your child/pet against a well-lit wall. They can face right or left.
– Take the picture at their eye level. For best results, stand about six feet away from your subject.
– If you’re taking a picture of a baby, the best time to do it is when they are asleep. Gently turn the baby’s head to one side, and take the photograph from above.
– Once you have the picture printed, cut around the edge/outline of the face (including the neckline). This template is your silhouette! Easy right?

For more fun ideas and crafts utilizing your loved ones’ silhouettes, check out my book, Silhouette Art.

About the author
Professionally trained as an architect, Vana Chupp has always been artistically inspired by the sweet and simple moments in life. Her craft was born with the birth of her beautiful boy Nikolas. Documenting her son’s milestones by cleverly capturing his personality, emotion, playfulness and essence, she began using silhouettes to tell her own life story. When she isn't creating and running Le Papier Studio, you will find Vana sharing her story on balancing motherhood and running a small business on her blog.
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