My Silhouette Art (With the Kids Wednesday!)

I love this new silhouette art I made for my husband’s desk space in the basement.
(where did that go anyways???)
I wish the pictures were a little better, but I played around with lighting and the camera for awhile in the basement and didn’t have a lot of success. If you don’t already know, I am working really hard finishing up all the details and CLEANING, in order to get our house on the market, so….this will have to do.
I started with my sister’s old table leaf. Who knows what happened to the table? She had done some sort of texture and painted gloss on it.
Next, I took pictures of the kids.
Keep in mind you could use kids, pets, you and your significant other???
 I think a bunch of pets would be awesome!
I put them into Microsoft Word and enlarged them to around 7 inches. (If you try this at home, photograph all your kids in the same spot. I ended up with different distances and then had to play around with the size of each picture!) Getting pictures of a one year old is tough!
Then I placed the cut out head on the BACK SIDE of scrapbook paper that I choose. (although I think this looks really cool just how it is, it just happened to be the back of the scrapbook paper I wanted to use). Once it is traced, cut out the picture and you’ll have the silhouette with the pattern of the scrapbook paper. (I use the back side so no pencil marks will show from the tracing).
I have a fairly busy basement, so I went with pretty plain scrapbook paper. I think it would be awesome to use totally funky patterned paper. Or maybe bold patters of black and white??
 Here is the picture you saw above, once I adhered it to the table leaf.
I used Scotch Wall Mounting Tape, since the table leaf was so slick.
I let the older kids write their own names with a silver sharpie.
I wrote the names under the younger kid’s silhouettes. 
* I also had to trim off Eva’s hair in the silhouette, and I made the little hair curl more pronounced. Her thin, whispy hair looks like she stuck her finger in a light socket daily!
 Since I didn’t want too many different patterns, I only used three patterned scrapbook papers, the other two I used plain light gray and plain white.
Here is a sneak peak of John’s downstairs desk space.
Can’t wait to show you the before and afters!
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  1. I will never pass up another lone table leaf again! Those turned out really cute! What a great idea!

  2. Katie! You did a great job on these. I have been itching to do my kiddos’ silhouettes but been afraid to jump in! Thanks for the inspiration! (and on a table leaf – very smart girl!)

  3. This is darling! I absolutely love it and I distinctly remember my mom having a silhouette of me when I was younger. Now… to patiently wait until the day I can make a silhouette of my own little darling. :o)

  4. I love the papers you used. This is such an easy and clever idea. It looks great! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Very clever and beautiful!!
    Have a nice day!!

  6. I did silhouettes of the dogs we’ve had and put them in a collage frame. My husband loves it.

  7. So cute, however my hubbys desk would never look that clean

  8. This is such a cool updated version of the typical silhouettes you see — Love it!

  9. This is adorable!!!!! Now all I need are babies and we are good to go!!!
    Jacque -theDIYvillage

  10. This is such a supercute project!! Almost as cute as your kiddos 😉
    I need to get on the silhouette art bandwagon too and make some of these – it’s classic!
    I love that you used different papers and prints too – you are such a clever girl! Have an awesome week, girlie!! Heather 😀

  11. This blows my mind, amazing!! Totally pinned it. I never would have thought twice about a table leaf. But it looks so good. Thank you for sharing 🙂
    <3 Alyssa

  12. This is incredibly cute! And it actually seems like something I could do…thanks for doing such a great tutorial! I can’t wait to try it!

    Cameron {The Stimson Chronicles}

  13. That is a really neat idea! I’m glad that you shared it! I’m totally pinning it so I can remember it!

  14. Sooo sweet and cute! I have my kids silhouettes in my cedar chests from years ago! Such a great Idea!

  15. WOW! This is amazing! My five would love seeing themselves on the wall like this!
    Great idea having them write their own names!
    Pinning this!!! (new follower too)
    Hugs, Jen @ f5

  16. I love this idea! I was just trying to brainstorm ways to put some family stuff up in my office at Dish without going down the boring framed picture route. Thank you for including instructions and pictures too! You’d be surprised how many blogs just show you the finished product with a few blurbs on how to complete it. I’m definitely the type of person that needs step by step instructions; that’s why I usually record projects from HGTV and DIY Network, so I can rewind and replay a step to follow along at home. Luckily, I have the Hopper DVR with tons of recording space to house all my project shows. I just might be slightly addicted to DIY, just slightly. 😉 I hope this turns out as well for me as it did for you! Keep it up with the good ideas!

  17. Hands down one of my favorite silhouette projects! So clever and I love your choice of paper!

  18. That is so amazing! It looks fantastic!! Megan

  19. This is so cute!! I’m so glad you shared this. I’m pinning it to remember.

    Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!

  20. I love silhouettes and have a couple of my girls when they were younger! I’ll have to do some updated ones – love the scrapbook paper!
    Pinning this!

  21. I just LOVE this… if only I had a house full of kids to do this with 🙂

  22. This is absolutely FANTASTIC!!!! I’m in love! thanks for sharing such an awesome idea!
    would LOVE you to come link up to – with our weekly link party, Hearts&Homes, open every Tuesday morning through Sunday evening.

    have a fabulous weekend!

  23. How AWESOME are these! In love! Thank you for sharing!

  24. I love it! LOVE!

  25. you’re good you know.. very good! Great job Katie!

  26. Very cute! I like them all on one frame like that.
    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  27. Precious! I love this! What a great idea! We’d love to invite you to join us at Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes! I know everyone will love this! Have a great weekend!
    Mackenzie 🙂

  28. So simple and so wonderful! I hope to some day have girls with cute pony tails to do this project! So happy I found your blog at a link up party! I’ll be following and I’d love to have you stop by my simple little blog–


  29. So cute! Been looking for just the right wall art for a certain spot in my hall…just found it!

  30. This is one of the cutest silhouette ideas I’ve seen!

    Thanks for linking up this week! I featured your post in my wrap up Have a great rest of the weekend

  31. This is adorable. I love that you were able to get the kids involved too! I also like the choice of papers you used! Great job!

  32. I love this! Thanks for sharing. I have to do this.

  33. This is precious! I love silhouettes,I have them all over! I am going to do this when I have kiddos, this is so unique and perfect!!

  34. Oh my goodness, this is so so cute. I love that the older kids signed their names. I want to do this for my kids someday.

    If you get a chance come link up this awesome DIY at my Pin Party.

  35. Really clever Katie!
    Thanks for sharing with us!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  36. precious Katie!! I know he loved it!! Thanks for sharing with us at uncommon! featuring this today on our FB page!! 😉 Bonnie

  37. Thanks so much for linking up this is fantastic. I absolutely adore it. I love the patterns, colors and everything! I just wanted to let you know that I’m featuring this today feel free to stop by and grab a button. I can’t wait to see what you have to share this week.


  38. Love it! I really need to try my hand at silhouettes!
    Thanks for sharing at Show & Share! Featuring this tomorrow!

  39. wow.. This is a fantastic idea to cherish forever. Thanks for linking up and have a nice day! 🙂

  40. Can you stop by and do my sweet B’s!!? This is FABULOUS! Featuring you today! XO, Aimee

  41. Super cute, Katie! What a great project to do together and a beautiful keepsake! Love it!

  42. Katie, this is super cute!!!! You have pushed me to do my kids silhouttes!! Great tutorial!

  43. It’s party time over at Debt Free Mommy’s blog! You are invited to join the party by linking up anything related to making your space a better place for you and your loved ones. Please join us at Making Space Mondays at Link up starting at 9:00 (central time) tonight. Hope to see you there! -Tabitha


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