Memory Keeping: DIY Framed Silhouette

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I've always loved silhouettes. They are just full of charm and true history. I remember seeing my friend Sarah's in her home and knew one day I would love to create some of my own.

There are so many ways out there to create a silhouette, but I decided to try the easiest route to see if it would look good. And I love it! I am sharing a little DIY tutorial after a few friends have requested one.


First, get your kiddos photo ready. Sort of. Mine were still in their pjs, but I made sure to fix their hair the way I wanted it in the silhouette. With girls, you can add a bow for fun, or style their hair in different ways to see what you like the most.

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Second, find a blank wall with no distractions.

Third, you can use your phone for the photo or use your regular camera. I used my DSLR, but it really doesn't matter. Have children stand next to the wall (not touching) and have them look straight in front of them so you get a good side angle. I wanted their nose and lips to show in the profile photo for sure. Take the photo from the same distance and have them stand in the same spot if you are doing this for multiple children. This will help their heads be correct in size comparison. For example my 22 month old is going to have a tinier silhouette than my 4 year old. You can also correct this in the print menu by changing the scale.

My boy is such a ham!

My boy is such a ham!

Next, print your photo. I printed mine in black and white to show more contrast.

The magic is in this step. Here's where you can add in some drama like eyelashes or shape up their hair. On both of my kiddos I added their eyelashes and had to define Maggie's hair because of a few curls that needed to be tamed for the silhouette. After highlighting your silhouette, carefully cut around the photo.

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Now that you have your pattern, trace their silhouette in pencil on a black piece of card-stock, and cut it out very carefully to get their sweet nose, lips, and precious facial features exactly as they are. Once you cut out the silhouette, you can erase any pencil marks or you can simply flip the silhouette over.

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Last, I mounted the silhouette on a piece of scrapbook paper with a glue stick and framed it. I was matching a print that I was framing to hang with the silhouettes so I went with gold hearts on scrapbook paper from my local Hobby Lobby. You can also use fabric for the background instead of scrapbook paper. This would be cute if you were hanging it in your child's bedroom and used coordinating fabric that compliments their curtains or bedding.

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I bought a sweet print from Emily Ley's shop and framed it in a simple 11x14 frame from Michaels. I felt like the silhouettes looked perfect next to the print.  The 8x10 frames that I placed the silhouettes in were 50% off at Hobby Lobby. The price for each silhouette was around $12. Wouldn't they make the cutest addition to your house or a gift for grandparents?

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Tag me @mamasminute or #mamasminute when you create your own!

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