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Easy DIY Silhouette Tutorial

I wanted to capture my son's adorable 3 year old profile in a simple and classic silhouette design. This easy diy project is the perfect addition to a child's room or anywhere you want to display your children's silhouette. Not to mention this is a fantastic gift idea that is a memorable keepsake people will actually want to display proudly in their home!



A means to print a 4x6 photo


Scrapbook paper or Cardstock 8x10

8x10 frame or 11x14 frame with matte for 8x10 print

Archival glue (acid-free to prevent yellowing)

Acid Free Pens


I started by taking a picture of my son turned sideways to capture just his profile. (This may take a few tries with wiggly kiddos- have patience!) I made sure the background was plain (ex. front door or plain wall) so it wouldn't be difficult to tell his outline in the picture once it was printed.

I then printed the picture on 4x6 photo paper from my printer. The quality of paper doesn't really matter since it'll be used as a template once it is cut. However, a sturdy paper is preferred so it firmly stays in place for tracing.

I cut out my son's profile carefully to ensure I wasn't missing the acute details of his little silhouette. I then began to trace around his profile onto paper. In this case, I chose navy blue instead of black since I'll be redecorating his room in a nautical theme. Once his profile was cut out in navy blue I placed it on the cream 8x10 scrapbooking background paper.

I wrote out his name and the year in script with a navy blue acid-free pen on a slightly lighter cream/off-white scrapbooking paper.

Once I had his navy blue profile and name plate in it's proper place on the background page I used permanent archival runner as opposed to glue to avoid a mess and long drying time to finally adhere it all to the page.

The silhouette was then placed into a frame and Voila! This easy diy silhouette project was completed in about 30 minutes and will be displayed in a white frame (once I purchase it) in my son's soon to be big boy room!

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