October 18, 2011

DIY // Halloween Silhouette Pictures

Halloween is one of the holidays I look forward to all year. I get just as excited about it as I did when I was a kid. I love the dressing up, the baking, and decorating the house for this ghastly celebration. But it seems so much more expensive than it was when I was a child. We always made our own costumes and most of the decorations and it made it so much more gratifying. I think silhouette pictures are a really great display for your home. This is a very affordable and easy project. Here's how I made mine...

Supplies needed:
  • picture frames - (Used, vintage, or thrifted the older they are the better they will look) Approximately 8X10 and a few smaller ones. Don't passed up interesting shapes likes ovals or long skinny rectangles.
  • newspaper and cream colored paper (or whatever color you want for the background) Get creative here. Old book pages would look really cool too.
  •  stick glue or tape
  • black paint and paintbrush or black construction paper - depends on the color of silhouette you want. black paint will be much darker
  • a cup of tea or coffee if you would like to add an older look to your background paper
  • scissors
  • if you thrifted frames you may need goo gone, a scraping tool, and a paper towel to remove the stickers

Step 1:
Clean your frames. If you used thrifted frames you may have to use goo gone to remove the stickers or this natural method.

Step 2:
Choose your background paper. If you want to give your paper an aged look, brew a cup of strong coffee or tea (tea will be much more subtle). Paint your tea or coffee onto the paper and let it dry completely.

Step 3:
Next you'll need to download your template and print it. (If you print on card stock it is much easier to handle but not at all necessary) There are several templates out there to choose from. Here are my favorites.... Martha Stewart black cats....Print Picnic Halloween templates....and Band of Cats.

Step 4:
If you prefer the look of construction paper...then trace your template silhouettes onto construction paper and cut them out. If you want to paint them black just use the ones you printed. Cut out the out line of your silhouettes. This will make it much easier to cut the details.

Step 5:
Cut out the details of your silhouettes. On the cats it much easier to cut one side of the V and then the other.

Step 6:
Paint your cut out silhouettes and let them dry completely. (Omit this step if you are using construction paper silhouettes.

Step 7:
Cut your paper background to fit your frames. It helps if you tape it to the backing.

Step 8:
Tape or glue your finished silhouettes onto the background paper. For cats and other creatures with feet make sure you're going to see the feet when framed.

Step 9:
Assemble your frames and you're ready to display them!


Arielle said...

I love this DIY. You could use this for so much more than holidays too. I just stumbled upon your blog and I love it. It's fun to find another southern girl who appreciates antiques and vintage items as much as me. I love hearing how passionately you talk about them :)


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