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? 🙂