Silhouette Portrait

I wanted to share what I made Landon for Father’s Day. I really wanted to make something that was special and that he would really appreciate for his first Father’s Day. Brynlee is growing so fast! She will be one year old this Saturday and I thought doing something to document her as a baby would be just the thing! I’ve always loved silhouettes and can remember getting them done at Disneyland when I was little. Wow! Those people talented!!! I can’t believe how fast and accurate they are! I wasn’t even going to attempt doing something like that freehand, so here is how I cheated my way through making a silhouette for Landon.

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The hardest part of this whole project was getting a picture of Brynlee’s profile! Every time I pulled the camera out to take a picture she would turn her head to look straight at me. I finally got this one and decided it was as good as I was going to get!

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I printed it out and got to work on my silhouette. You will need:

A portrait picture of who you will be creating the silhouette of

Black paper

White paper, cut to the size of your frame (for the background)

A frame

Scissors and tape

First out the head and bust of your child (or whoever), on my first pass, I cut too much and it looked weird without the bust so I just cut that out and puzzle pieced it back together. Thankfully, this project is very forgiving!

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Then trace your picture cutout on your black paper.

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Make sure that you trace it so that the face will point in the direction you want when you flip the black paper over to hide any residual pencil marks. I traced mine with Brynlee facing to the right so that in my finished project she would be facing left. You will also want to draw a curved line connecting the back of the bust to the front.

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All you need to do now is cut out your black paper, flip it over and tape it to the center of your white paper and put it in your frame.

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Since it was a Father’s Day gift, in Photoshop I added “Daddy’s Little Girl” to the top of the picture and “Happy Father’s Day 2014” to the bottom. Also, my frame fit a 5×7 picture so I printed my original portrait picture out in a 4×6, if you have a larger or smaller frame you will want to adjust your picture size accordingly.

*As a side note, you will want to use really sharp scissor and make careful cuts to make sure your silhouette is keeps all of the details of the original picture

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The gift was a hit! Landon loved it!!! Before he left for his fishing trip, I had also given him a coffee thermos and some specialty coffee that I found at Sprouts. I know he got a lot of use out of those on the trip but he really appreciated the thoughtfulness behind the silhouette and that it was something he could keep forever so I know it was a nice surprise for him to come home to.



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