Make It: Easy, Elegant DIY Kids' Silhouettes

When we were little, my mom commissioned a pair of silhouettes of me and my brother. I’ve always loved them, and recently I discovered I can make my own by following a super-easy silhouette tutorial by husband and wife Stu Eli and Janet Morales, owners of the online mom and pop shop Three Potato Four, on Design*Sponge.

Try it yourself! (Placed in inexpensive frames, they make great gifts, and amazing keepsakes.)

Here's what you'll need: 8x10 profile photo of your kid; tracing paper; acid-free black or navy cardstock; small sharp scissors; paper glue; patterned or solid paper; thin-leaded pencil; 3 inexpensive Ikea Ribba 8x10 frames.


I placed my two-year-old daughter's profile picture under tracing paper and penciled around it. Once you’ve traced your child’s profile, cut it out and place on top of the cardstock. Trace again. Then cut slowly and carefully--this will make the delicate areas like nose and forehead look more lifelike.

Customize the background with paper that showcases your kid's personality or favorite color. Solids (I used pale pink and blue for both grandmas’ gifts) are a lovely, high-contrast and classic look, while the patterns (I used the brown-and-blue vine design for my own) can be fun and lively. Colored cardstock--navy or periwinkle rather than black--transforms a very classic keepsake into a modern art piece! Glue the silhouette to the center of the paper and frame.

I plan to do more silhouettes as my daughter grows; I think a  collection of them would be so lovely grouped together on a wall in her bedroom or in the living room. Got older kids? You can go through childhood photos and find good profile shots. Then, recreate your kids' earlier years--a friend of mine who has kids in middle school is doing this as a summer craft project, and I can’t wait to see the results!

What are you doing as keepsakes of your kids? Chime in below!

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