Monday, June 13, 2011

Father's Day Silhouette Craft

{Mia, age 4 and Logan, age 21 months}
  • black paper
  • white crayon (or chalk)
  • clear tape
  • scissors
  • decorative paper
  • glue stick (or scrapbooking adhesive)
  • paper trimmer (optional)
  • picture frame (optional)
  1. Have child stand with his or her side against (or close to) the wall in a dimly lit room. 
  2. Tape a piece of black paper (I used 8 1/2" x 11" card stock) to the wall so that the child's face fits in profile. (My paper wasn't quite large enough to fit all of Mia's hair so I fudged it a bit, but I don't think it's very noticeable.)
  3. Quickly trace around the shadow of the child's face, hair and neck using a white crayon or piece of chalk. It doesn't need to be perfect, but you will want to do the nose, mouth and chin first before the child gets squirmy since these parts are tricky.
  4. Cut out the child's silhouette.
  5. Adhere to a piece of decorative paper. (I used 8 1/2" x 11" scrapbooking paper.) You can put the glue on the side you trace on if you are concerned about the white showing. If using chalk, it may be possible to wipe it off, too. Trim paper as needed and place your child's silhouette in a frame if desired. (I found two black 8" x 10" photo frames at Big Lots.) This makes a thoughtful and inexpensive gift for Dad's desk at work. (You could also make silhouettes as Mother's Day gifts, but I am assuming that if you're reading this, you're a mom.)
  6. Repeat steps 1-5 with other children as desired. You could even create a gallery of silhouettes as your children grow.

1 comment:

  1. Nice Silhouette Craft done..liked it...keep up the good work..