Wednesday, June 15, 2011

EASY Silhouetts

I've wanted to do these for the kids for so long, but I couldn't figure out how to get them just right. I was trying all kinds of difficult ways, some even involved photo shop. But I couldn't get it just right, so I finally gave up.

Fast forward a couple of months, and I happened upon this little diddy. Oh my Lawd, how simple is that?!

GENIUS. Genius I tell you. And by genius I mean I love that it is exactly what I was going for without all the work.

Why oh why do we try to make things so difficult?

I will tell ya what the hardest part of this little project was....trying to get a 3 and 5 1/2 yr old to stand still and look straight ahead. For some reason this brought about a serious case of the giggles that wouldn't go away. So we had to take a mini muffin break and come back later. Mia was easy, I just stuck her in the bumbo in front of a window and plopped her show boating brother and sister in front of her.

So here is what you will need:

8x11 card stock
Black craft paint
Sponge brush
scrapbook paper
glue stick
profile pictures of your munchkins

Take pictures of your kiddos in front of a lit up window or white background, standing to the side, so you catch their profiles

{I snapped this with my camera phone so the quality isn't that great. forgive}
Print your picture according to the size frame you have. Mine were 8x10's frames that I had spray painted white.

Then I very carefully cut out their profiles and painted them black using my sponge brush.
After I let them dry, I used my glue stick to adhere them to my scrap book paper.
Frame them and you're DONE.

What's that? EASY? I KNOW!

I love that I captured my kids at these ages.

Asher- 5 1/2. You can tell he's stretched out and lost his baby chunk. And he has the Caddell head. Always has. That head is what gave his mama nearly 18 hours of labor.

Bella- 3. I left her sassy pony tail in for the picture because it is typical sassy pants Bella and I love it. You can also see her chubby chin and face that she hasn't outgrown yet, and her eyelashes.

Mia- 6 months. Oh Mia. Mommy's sorry, but there wasn't much I could do for the large baby head you are sporting. Don't worry you will grow into it.
I love that I caught her mouth open, cause I'll remember that she was talking to her show boatin brother and sister as they danced in front of her.

They aren't in order of age, as Asher has pointed out many times, but I needed to break up the color of the two girls'. So I told Asher, he's in the middle cause he's the big brother and takes care of both of his sisters ;) It worked.

I just love these silhouettes and how classic they look!



  1. Oh my gosh! how great! I love it!

  2. Those are so cute! I think I could actually do that!

  3. me too, i think even ME could do this! ;)
    love it! thanks for sharing! xo

  4. These are so cute! I remember doing this when I was a kid! Lovely idea--thanks for sharing! :)

  5. This IS simple, now maybe I can get my family's done?! Awe! I love that: "...he's the big brother and takes care of both of his sisters...". So sweet! :)

  6. These turned out great! I did my kids' about a year ago, but they didn't turn out exactly like I had hoped. Good job!

  7. I have done this and it's the easiest, yet most gratifying project! love it!

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