Framed Hanging Silhouette Plaques

Happy Friday! The theme for round two of American Crafter was home decor. A pretty open theme. I decided to use a little something that I made my mom for Mother’s Day for my entry this week. She loved it and I hope you will too!
Framed Hanging Silhouette Plaques

Those profile silhouettes are my two brothers and myself. A couple weeks ago in my MOPS {Mothers of Preschoolers} group we learned how to make silhouettes using sweet Kristyn’s {I met her at GNO AZ} tutorial at Lil’ Luna. Here are the ones I cut of my boys during our craft session. 
Now I can remember my parents paying big bucks to an artist at Disney World to have our silhouettes made. Of course he could just look at us and cut a perfect profile silhouette! This method is much easier {and much more friendly on your wallet}! All you need is a camera, a printer and some scissors. 
Here are the steps for cutting the silhouette:
1. Take a close up profile photograph.
2. Print the photo on regular paper to the size you wish to cut. For these I printed 5×7.
3. Cut around the profile leaving a 1-2 inch border.
4. Using a pen, trace around the profile making sure to capture small details such as lips, hair lines, etc. At this point you can also add things like bows, collars, etc.
5. Using double-sided adhesive on ONLY the outer edges that will be discarded, secure the photo to card stock so it will not slip.
6. Use sharp scissors to cut around the traced line of the photo.
Easy enough, right? 
Ok, now for the plaques:

I started with three unfinished wooden plaques {$1.99 each} from Hobby Lobby.

I stained the wood using a dark colored stain. Mine is mocha but any dark wood stain will work fine.
I used one light coat of primer and two coats of Olympic Irish Cream latex paint.
After the paint was completely dry I used a low grit sandpaper to remove areas of paint around the plaque to let the dark stain show through. You can do this as much or as little as you like. It all depends on your preference. I like a lot of wood showing through. Then I used a template to cut ovals {slightly smaller then the face of the plaque} from an old book.
 I used Mod Podge to adhere them to the wood. One coat on the wood and two coats on top was plenty. *Note: the paper did bubble up in a few places. I used a plastic scraper to gently smooth out the bubbles. 
I used the same double-sided adhesive to attach the silhouettes to the plaques.

I used a glue gun to attach ribbon to the back of each plaque for hanging.

After hanging all three silhouette plaques I enclosed them in a large, open frame made out of some scrap trim pieces we had in the garage.
And that was {one of} my gifts to my awesome mom who put up with a lot of stuff from me over the years.
Thanks mom! 
If you have a minute, head over to Nap Time Crafters to cast your vote for round two!
Pretty, pretty please!

37 thoughts on “Framed Hanging Silhouette Plaques”

  1. I love silhouettes! These look so fabulous in the frame! Great tutorial. I KNOW your mom must love this gift!

  2. seriously so cute!! you did a FAB job! we voted for you, of course (:

    kristyn's becomin a better friend to us since we live so close, she really is so sweet!! love this tute!


  3. I absolutely love your silhouette idea! I may have to use it at my house! Thanks so much for sharing! โ˜บ

  4. Very nice! I made silhouettes of my children in a craft group, but have not decided what to do with them yet….love this idea! Thanks!

    hanging with the hubers

  5. I have a slight obsession with book pages so I LOVE this! Voted for you. Thanks for stopping by head above water!

  6. Thanks for the sweet lil feature… I appreciate it! Will definitely be following you from here on out, now that I found your adorable blog.

    I totally voted for you at Naptime Crafters this week and last, but found out about the contest through one of the other awesome contestants. You are doing awesome, keep up the creativity!

  7. I adore this so much…. Mainly because the other day my mom was over and in my room sitting on my bed facing a huge shabby glazed vintage frame that I have hung on my wall. its HUGE! and my mom asked what are you going to put in it? I told her I would love to do silhouettes of my "4" kids when Evin is older. Then I saw your link… LURVE IT! winks- jen

  8. This is wonderful! I'm coordinator for our MOPS creative activities this next year and would love to do this. Will you pass my email on to your coordinator for crafts so I can ask her some questions? Thanks!

    mls624 at gmail.(com)

  9. What a beautiful silhouette craft. I really need to do some silhouettes of my girls….they're growing up so fast!

  10. Super cute, my friend!! LOVE that paint color!! I voted for you in the Next American Crafter Competition, too!!

  11. This turned out great!! I LOVE silhouettes! I think I'm going to have to try this ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the inspiration!

    I became a follower!

  12. Love how these came out! I am so going to try this~thanks for sharing the how to!! Would love for you to come share this at Feathered Nest Friday at my blog ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I like this idea! I will be trying this for sure. I just started my first blog, I'm thoroughly confused and getting frustrated, no one has been able to leave comments. If you have any suggestions I'd love to hear them! Thanks!

  14. This looks easier than I thought! I'm going to try it, and thank you for the inspiration! Cheers!

  15. Hi Jen,
    Thank you so much for this awesome tutorial! I found you through Pinterest. Wonderful Pinterest…what would I do without it?!? *BIG smile!* ๐Ÿ™‚ I'm not a blogger, so I uploaded a picture to my pinterest account because I wanted to show you what an inspiration you are to me! I can't wait to give this to my mother-in-law for Christmas!

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