DIY Silhouette Valentine’s

Make personalized silhouette valentines for Valentine’s Day!

*Originally posted February 2012 – I love pulling these sweet silhouettes out for Valentine’s Day decor every year. Such a simple sweet project and they make fun Valentine’s to give too!

I’ve always wanted to make silhouettes of my kids, but have just never gotten around to it. I finally did it! This project all came about after a successful trip to the thrift store.

I found these great frames that were just begging for silhouettes in them. Cool frames are always a fun thrift store find.

Although these frames were not made in the USA, they WERE made in Italy, which is something you don’t find these days…kind of a cool detail.

We started out by taking pictures of the kids against a plain-ish background. We had to take a bunch of photos here, to get it right. We ended up with these two images.

Then using photoshop and the silhouette digital cutting tool, we cut out these cute little silhouettes to fit the frames. Kyle helped me a ton with this project, so by “we” I mean Kyle. ;) I come up with the big ideas and he helps me execute them. (I’m a lucky girl.)

Here they are up on the wall. It’s hard to get a good picture without a glare on the glass. They look great in person! We also did simple head profile silhouettes to swap out when Valentine’s Day is over.

One of the neat things about these frames, is that the glass is rounded a bit, so I was able to add those little foam pop dots to give these silhouettes a bit more dimension, creating a little shadow behind them.

From there, we made a bunch of little printed silhouettes for valentines. Using this rectangle box die and clear plastic sheets, I made little clear boxes. I also cut the printed silhouettes down to size and gave them a red border by mounting them on red card stock.

Next was the fun part…filling the little clear boxes with tiny red cinnamon hearts. I first started with adding a tiny glue dot to one right on top of the silhouette heart they are holding.

Here’s a fun little video with a more step by step look at how it all came together.

That’s it! Simple and personalized valentines for the big day next week.

I’d love to know…have you made silhouettes of your kids before? Or are you like me, and it’s on your someday craft list? :)


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Comments

  1. Lisa says

    Cute project!! I love that they are holding one of the hearts :)

    What I am really interested in is how you managed to get the pictures out of the frames without damaging anything. I have the SAME pictures, handed down to us by a family member. I’ve wanted to reuse the frames, but I’ve been afraid of messing the whole thing up!

    • says

      Hi Lisa!

      Just go for it! For some reason, I have no issues with taking things like this apart to make it what I want. You should just do it.

  2. Sherrie says

    Wow you guys – those are awesome! The best silhouettes I’ve seen…bc you can totally tell its A and A. Love them in the boxes. Happy late bday Kami!

  3. says

    Kami…You are seriously so cute! I can’t believe I know you and you are so famous. I’m telling everyone that I went to BHS with Kami…THE Kami of No Biggie. Love all your ideas. You are amazing. xo Liz

  4. says

    Wow! These are awesome – both the framed silhouettes and the valentine boxes. (I recognize these prints in these frames. My mom used to have these. This has inspired me to ask her where they are now! )

  5. says

    I do have Silhouettes of each of my kids framed on our Family Values wall. However, Bennett was so little he didn’t even have a neck yet. I should probably redo them. :)

  6. Heidi Bigler M. says

    Omgosh! so cute! LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS POST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    BTW I got my heart chalkboards- they are adorable… thank you! I love them!

  7. Julie H in MN says

    When my 23 year old son was about 1 we went to an Artisan Fair and we had a sillouette cut out of his head….free hand. The artist was amazing and I still treasure that picture!

  8. georgene Neal says

    Those frames are early 1970 home interior frames. My mother was a hostess, Our family pictures were in all of them. Little 3×5’s all the way up to the family photo, 11×14. They all came with that flower paper insert. Still pretty . Great Ideas.

    Georgene Neal

  9. says

    These are crazy cute! The clear boxes are the perfect way to show off your darling silhouettes and candies. Darn that I already bought stuff for my kids’ Valentine’s! Pinning for next year!

  10. Jill Sumsion says

    Kami, the thing about your blog is this…I just want the craft, I don’t want to actually DO the craft. And by DO I mean, go out and purchase everything to make the item. I am sure if my house was a kin to a craft store, like I imagine your’s is, then crafting might not seem so daunting. But for heavens sake, you have the CUTEST ideas, I wish you would just make two of everything, one for you and one for me. ;)

  11. says

    Thank you for a stunning tutorial on the valentines boxes…never thought of cutting the boxes out of plastic…so cool!
    Love the silhouettes..will have to try that! ;-)

  12. marjorie says

    Hello very wonderful job.
    Can you tell me please the brand of your die box ?? thansk a lot best regards

    and ” BravoooooooooooOOOOoooooooooo” great job

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