Silhouette Wall Plaque Tutorial

Silhouette Wall Plaque Tutorial

Make a baby or toddler’s silhouette easily with these step by step instructions!

When I was a little girl I remember my grandmother having silhouettes of my mom and uncle hanging above her bed.  I always thought these were so sweet.  Well I decided to make one of my son…
The only problem is:
how do you get a 4 month old to sit still long enough to trace his silhouette?
You don’t!  Keep reading to find out how I made this!

I started off with a wood plaque that I got from Michaels for $1.
I painted it black and then distressed it with some sand paper…. giving it a nice antique look.
Next, I took a picture of my sleeping baby boy and uploaded it to my laptop. (Sneaky, Sneaky)
I remember seeing where someone traced a picture of their baby but I forgot to pin it so now I can’t reference it.  BOO! 🙁
I then traced his silhouette onto a piece of paper- straight off the computer screen!  It’s nice because it works sort of like a light box and makes seeing the edges super easy!  Then I just went back over it with a bold black marker so I could see it through my scrapbook paper.
For some reason I didn’t take a pic of the next step….
But I just traced the silhouette onto my scrapbook paper and then took an exacto knife to cut the image out.
 Next, just like I did with my Modge Podge Letters, I attached the scrapbook paper cutout with Modge Podge.  I covered the whole plaque with Modge Podge to protect the surface. (note: make sure you wipe all the excess paint off from where you sanded the plaque or else you’ll wind up with paint smeared onto the scrapbook paper.)  Luckily, the excess black paint smeared on the paper just added to the antique look I was going for.
Finally, add some ribbon to hang!

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  1. Alison @ Oopsey Daisy says

    Wow! I’m impressed that you traced his silhouette straight from the computer! Why didn’t I think of that?! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  2. Rachel says

    I love how you used a light paper with the black background – kind of opposite of what you normally see. I’ve been wanting to make some of my kids. One of these days I’ll buckle down and do it. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.

  3. Being-a-Mama says

    Lovely thank you so much, had tried tis with my Little Man using various software packages, but couldn’t figure it ou, DUH, never thought to trace directly from screen, can’t wait to do now for LM and #2 when it pops out. pinned it and following you, lovely blog.

  4. Stuff and Nonsense says

    i love this ‘reverse silhouette’ idea
    for your son

    and i am now following back
    via Linky Followers

    thanks for visiting Stuff and Nonsense!


  5. Evelyn says

    I can’t imagine getting any of my grandchildren to sit still either:) But what a great way to use modern tech to do an old school memory:) I found you on the linky follower blog hop. I am following you and please hop over to my blog and follow me back:)
    My Turn (for us)


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