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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)


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.

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  1. […] a silhouette from a photograph of my son when he was just six weeks old (here are some tips on how to create a silhouette from a photo) and used the Cameo to cut that out in adhesive vinyl as well. This time I used a white paint […]

  2. avatar Jessica F. says:

    I have been loving the silhouette necklace forever! Now that I’ve had my first child, I think I need to pull the trigger. :)

  3. avatar Nicole says:

    I’m already a subscriber!

  4. avatar Nicole says:

    I like PN on FB and I now like Le Papier on FB too…and I posted a comment on their wall!

  5. avatar Nicole says:

    I love this stuff! I would have a hard time choosing but I love the jewelry, particularly the silhouette rings and the oval silhouette charm necklace.

  6. avatar Ann says:

    I am subscribed to the newsletter.

  7. avatar Ann says:

    I would probably use it to purchase personalized stationary. Though if my DIY ornament doesn’t pan out, I may use it toward silhouette ornaments.

  8. avatar Heather says:

    I subscribe to your weekly newsletter

  9. avatar Heather says:

    I facebook “liked” Project Nursery

  10. avatar Brenda Austin says:

    I started following both of your Twitter sites (email me for my Twitter handle and I’ll tell you who I am) and tweeted about this giveaway!

  11. avatar Brenda Austin says:

    I signed up for the newsletter.

  12. avatar Brenda Austin says:

    I would get some silhouette jewelry as a keepsake for my daughter. I Liked both of your FB pages and commented on your walls!

  13. avatar Carrie says:

    Plates and prints. Love them!

  14. avatar Beth Anderson says:

    I have been eyeing a silhouette necklace forever! And since hubby is dropping the ball, I need to order it for myself! Just liked Project Nursery, and already liked Le Papier Studio! Wrote on your walls AND signed up for the newsletter! Don’t have twitter though… :)

  15. I would use it on Silhouette Pillow – Head Silhouettes (family)

  16. avatar Marci richardson says:

    silhouette jewlery!!!

  17. avatar Jennifer Mandel says:

    Just liked, followed and (was already) subscribed!

  18. avatar Jennifer Mandel says:

    I would put it toward the silhouette cufflinks, so they can be a constant reminder to come home early and spend more time with his daughter!

  19. avatar Kathy says:

    I follow @lepapierstudio on twitter (via @merrimentdesign)

  20. avatar Kathy says:

    I would apply it to the custom silhouette silver necklace charm – classy!

  21. avatar Leigh says:

    I like the sterling silhouette necklace of all my 5 kids.

  22. avatar Emily says:

    I would get a Silhouette Family Tree!

  23. avatar Sarah says:

    Liked on Facebook!

  24. avatar Sarah says:

    Followed on twitter!

  25. avatar Sarah says:

    Love the silhouette prints!

  26. avatar Patti says:

    Wow – what a great site! I could spend the $50 5 times over!! I think I would want a custom baby print, and the book, and the pet prints!

  27. avatar Jessica says:

    I receive your newsletter!

  28. avatar Jessica says:

    I follow you both on twitter & tweeted about the article.

  29. avatar Nancy says:

    I subscribe to your newsletter.

  30. avatar Jessica says:

    I love all of their products, but I would get a Silhouette Necklace.

  31. avatar Nancy says:

    I might like to get the Self-Inking Stamp: Monogram!

  32. avatar Jess says:

    I follow you both on Twitter and tweeted :) @jessnorden

  33. avatar Jess says:

    I would totally get baby announcements!!! We are due in July and I am already checking them out!!

  34. avatar Marlena U. says:

    Newsletter subscriber

  35. avatar Marlena U. says:

    I love the Silhouette Necklace with 2 Charms!

  36. avatar Katie says:

    I follow both on FB – thanks!

  37. avatar Katie says:

    I would get the cufflinks – I’ve been eyeing them for the hubby for Christmas!

  38. avatar Marie K says:

    subscribed to your newsletter. Love this site! I think I’d buy the silhouette bracelets or the stamping pads!

  39. avatar Marie K says:

    subscribed to the newsletter and shout outs on facebook pages as well as liked both! =)

  40. I’m a newsletter subscriber (junklekennedy @

  41. I like the Silhouette Self-Inking Stamp – A+V! Very cute!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  42. avatar Jessica D says:

    I would love to get the Sillhouette Organic Blankee!

  43. avatar Karen says:

    I would purchase a cell phone holder! Beautiful choices! Weekly subscriber & liked on FB!

  44. avatar Kim says:

    weekly subscriber!!

  45. avatar Kim says:

    I LOVE the pussy willows silhouette!

  46. avatar Molly Pearce says:

    I would buy the darling locket silhouette of my own kids and one for my MIL for Christmas of her own children! Love it all though!

    I just signed up for your newsletter…can’t wait to get it!

  47. avatar Staci A says:

    I get your newsletter. Thanks!

  48. avatar Staci A says:

    I’d love to get a Silhouette Banner!

  49. avatar Stacy says:

    I tweeted about the giveaway.

  50. avatar Stacy says:

    I’m a subscriber

  51. avatar Stacy says:

    I really like the monogram stamp and the pussy willow art.

  52. avatar Stacy says:

    I like Project Nursery and Le Papier Studio on Facebook

  53. avatar Stacy says:

    I would use it to buy a pendant necklace!!!!!!

  54. avatar aimee says:

    I think I’d use my credit for a Silhouette Organic Blankee

  55. avatar Jahje Ives says:

    I already get the newsletter

  56. avatar Jahje Ives says:

    I would order one of the laser cut silhouette pendants – love!

  57. avatar faith wafford says:

    I get the newsletter

  58. avatar faith wafford says:

    follow both on twitter kyfaithw

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    follow both on fb

  60. avatar faith wafford says:

    I would use the credit for the phone case, love those.

  61. avatar sangeetha says:

    I will splurge on a cell phone case – there are many designs I like

  62. avatar Colleen Fuller says:

    I like both Project Nursery and Le Papier Studio! I also get the newsletter! What a creative idea!

  63. avatar purplelarkspur says:

    I follow both on Twitter, and I Tweeted:!/PurpleLarkspur/status/139039257271615488

  64. avatar purplelarkspur says:

    I would use the credit for the Family Silhouette Flat Cards
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  65. […] am over at Project Nursery today sharing a fun and easy DIY project : Handcrafted Silhouette Ornaments – as well as a […]

  66. avatar Kelsie Rae says:

    i’m subscribed to the newsletter!

  67. avatar Kelsie Rae says:

    I’d use it for photo christmas cards!

  68. avatar Charissa says:

    Love the silhouette plates!

  69. avatar Charissa says:

    Subscribe to your newsletter

  70. avatar Charissa says:

    Follow u both on twitter and tweeted about it

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    Follow u both on fb

  72. avatar Rochel S says:

    I like the Child silhouette prints!