Simple Silhouette

Warning: Extremely easy tutorial ahead. I know that some people enjoy working really hard for long periods of time with little to no progress (yeah, right), but I’m not one of them.

Simple Silhouette 1

I love the classic and timeless look of silhouettes. They are so fun to decorate with and also make great gifts. And the only supplies you need to make one are a camera, a printer, white card stock to print on, scissors, a pencil, colored card stock (I chose black card stock to keep to the with the traditional look, but I think using other colors would also work great), and a few extra minutes.

First, take a side view photo of your subject, preferably in front of a solid background. It doesn’t need to be good quality; any image will work, as long as you can make out the perimeter of your image. I used my daughter, Pinky, who likes to intentionally make funky faces when I take her picture. Goofball.

Simple Silhouette 2

Next, print out the photo on to white card stock (this was an 8″X10″ print) and cut around the outside of your subject. I left some extra white space on the bottom and added a little extra roundness on the lower back of her head to balance out the poof above her pony tail. Excuse my freaky looking print out. My printer is super low on colored ink.

Simple Silhouette 3

Then, trace the template on to the colored card stock, add embellishments, like longer eyelashes and a curved bottom if you like, and cut out your silhouette.

Simple Silhouette 4

And there you have it!

Simple Silhouette 5

I framed my silhouette by centering and taping it to a piece of white poster board, which was cut to fit the size of my frame.

Simple Silhouette 6

20 thoughts on “Simple Silhouette

  1. Janelle

    I used to do these for my students to give to their parents for Christmas… I have yet to do one for my babies. I guess I better get going :)

  2. Jenna

    Erin, I love this simple way to do silhouettes! I’m going to make a wall of silhouettes of my family and I already have mine and my hubby’s, but I need one of my daughter and this is the perfect way to do it cheap! Thank you! Pinned it! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  3. Jeannie Marie & Company

    I am a NUT for silhouettes! Thank you for the easy tutorial! I love EASY! I saw you on Brag About It this morning…so glad I participated in that newish linky party! I’m going to see about becoming your newest follower!

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