Little Silhouettes Parenting level Mom



Woke up to a lovely warm spring morning!

….just kidding, it’s snowing. Ick. Gotta love Wisconsin. Snow today, thunderstorms tomorrow, cold again by the end of the week. Always on our toes, I guess. We had unseasonably warm weather a week ago, and it was a delicious tease of the weather to come.

I’m looking forward to being outside. This year I want to go all out on my garden. Last year it turned out okay, but I didn’t get my fence up quick enough and the bunnies had a feast! Tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers were plentiful, but the peas, beans, and cauliflower never stood a chance. I have big plans for the rest of my yard too…ripping out some ugly bushes, putting in a brick patio and permanent fire pit are all at the top of my list. Hubby and I also plan to do a lot of biking this summer. Bug loves riding in the bike trailer, and Batman is big enough that this year we may try to put him on the trail-a-bike, just to see how he does.

Can you tell I’m ready for this weather to be done?

Today since we’re stuck inside, I thought I’d share a fun craft with you. Little silhouettes.

Aren’t they adorable? I made these with the whole group of kiddos for Valentine’s Day; the two I borrow brought them home as gifts for their families, and we hung ours up as part of a wall collage in our master bedroom.

These two are mine. Keepers, yes?

This project could not have been any easier. Here’s the how to.

You’ll need:

A camera (I used my camera on my phone for this particular project)

Printer

Scissors

Scrap book paper

Glue stick

Washi tap

A painting done by child

Frame (I used 8×10’s purchased from Target)

1). Start by taking a profile picture of your child. If they’re older they’ll probably enjoy posing for it. Bug I had to sneak up on, which admittedly took a few tries. For a while they all looked something like this-

Print the picture out on your printer. No need to get fancy, grayscale is perfect – you’ll be using the back side of the paper anyway.

2). Once ink is COMPLETELY dry, carefully cut around your subject’s outline. Pay close attention to details like wispy hairs, smiles, etc… they are what make the child uniquely them.

3). Take your chosen scrapbook paper, cutting it to size of the frame. Using the glue stick, choose your placement of the silhouette and glue printed side down. Facing up you should have plain white paper.

4). To decorate the empty space, I simply used washi tape, and a heart cut out of a painting done by the child. This is a great way to always have a piece of their art without saving every giant painting.

5) Put in frame. THAT’S IT. DONE. I told you it’d be easy!

All in all, this project took about 15-20 minutes to complete. It makes a great gift! Think Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas…so many possibilities. You can truly customize this any way you want. Use other decorations, different subjects, change the paper color…you get the idea. Make it your own!

Feel free to share your creations with me- I’d love to see how yours turn out!