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DIY: Simple Silhouettes

Silhouettes are classic and timeless; they can be used in all sorts of decoration effortlessly. Create a stellar backdrop for a dessert table by putting together a nice collection of artfully arranged framed silhouettes of the birthday boy or girl or add a silhouette to your little one’s room as the perfect finishing touch.

I remember having my shadow traced for a silhouette while sitting by a bright light as a child. I can’t get my kids to sit still for anything, so catching them in profile in a photo is a much easier (and accurate!) way to capture a perfect silhouette.

Step 1. Lure your children to stand against a white wall where you can take their picture in profile (in that minuscule moment where they may be standing still). It may take more than one treat—it did for mine.

Step 2. Print out your picture on a letter size sheet of paper. I made my photo black and white so it would be easier to see the profile to cut around.

Step 3. Tape the printout to card stock so that it stays still while you are cutting it out.

Step 4. Cut out your child’s silhouette.

Step 5. After oohing and ahhing over what a great job you did, glue your sweet little silhouette onto paper cut to fit your frame. Then put your final product into your frame and hang.

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  4. avatar Melisa says:

    Hi Ilyse, Sure thing! And thanks for asking. Please send us a link to your story when it airs to

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    I am a reporter at NBC Owned Television Stations.
    Could I use your photo in our Mother’s Day DIY roundup online?

    Thank you,
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  6. avatar ykelly says:

    Great tutorial! I shared this link on my paper and crafts blog here: Thanks for sharing!

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  11. avatar Megan says:

    A good tip is to get the kids to stand a few feet away from the blank wall when taking the photo, otherwise you may get shadows that make it more difficult to know where to cut.

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  14. avatar Dandelion says:

    I like silhouettes, but only if ornate frames are used to make up for the simplicity of the artwork. Just like this frame used for the girl’s silhouette.

  15. avatar BuenaMano says:

    So this is how you do it. I asked a friend of mine to make a silhouette art for me, and I don’t think he got the exact profile right. I’m not sure what method he used.

  16. avatar Recreate says:

    Reminds me of those cameo pendants or brooches made of polymer clay and other materials.

  17. avatar Tasha Cune says:

    Thanks for this step-by-step DIY guide. Didn’t know it is this simple to make one.

  18. avatar Heather Carter says:

    I love this so much! I am going to make this my week long project to do this with all 8 of my kids :)

  19. avatar Paula says:

    The picture frames were purchased at Hobby Lobby! :)

  20. avatar Zen says:

    Frauline Melfi: Yeah, there was, but it didn’t have this kind of tutorial on how to make your own silhouette art.

  21. avatar mychael13 says:

    Where are the pictured frames from?

  22. avatar Frauline Melfi says:

    Wasn’t there a previous blog post about silhouettes?