While cameos and silhouettes of loved ones have been found in homes for, well, a long long time, they have recently made a comeback in more modernized forms – like this easy DIY plywood version!
We found this project in the Lowe’s “Idea Library“, an online inspiration center where the national home improvement store shares a wide range of projects for everyone from beginners to seasoned DIYers. This particular project is capital E-A-S-Y!
To make your own graphic silhouette wall art, all you need is the following:
desired image/silhouette printed out to-size
plywood, cut to desired size
Click on through to the Lowe’s Idea Library for the full tutorial to learn how to make your own customized cameo!
I’ve had the desire to make some silhouette art for a while now, I just wasn’t sure I could achieve the effects I had in mind, but after seeing these two how-tos, I’m thinking success may be within reach.
First up is a simple tracing technique (pictured below). It involved a using a picture of the desired silhouette image–in this case an Ikea silhouette of Audrey Hepburn–that was enlarged, divided into 4 and printed out. They were taped to a 16″ x 20″ canvas and then a fine-point marker was used to trace all the details. Continue Reading
Anyone interested in art, design, or crafts has likely developed their scissors skills into a science. You know exactly where to start a cut, how to keep it straight, when to bring it down to nail that curve…
And still, it’s never quite perfect. There’s those little jaggedy edges from where the cut stop and started again, curves that become a series of straight lines rather than a fluid motion, and then that cursed guideline that will never completely erase. Continue Reading
From TimeOut New York, these lively framed paper silhouette in series interact with each other and the wall. A perfect use for a collection of thrifted frames (paint ’em black), and a great way to honor your friends that hate to be photographed, just print ’em, trace ’em, cut and frame!
• Old photographs or a camera and printer to make new ones • Black construction paper • Scissors • Tape • An assortment of picture frames
I remember when I was four or five, and this old lady with a crazy haircut came to out house to draw my silhouette. I had to sit still for-ever… and she made my eyelashes way too long. Hanging on the wall at my grandma’s house, always reckoned them sort of tacky, but this contemporary, DIY take from Stu and Janet could go in my house anyday.
– Good side profile photo – Scissors or Xacto Knife – Tracing Paper – Glue Stick or Spray Mount – Stapler – Black Acid-Free Cardstock Paper – Plain or Patterned Paper for Mounting – Frame of Your Choice