Wednesday, January 18, 2012
I remember when I was in the 4th grade, my teacher made us sit VERY still in front of a projector while she traced our profile onto a piece of white paper hanging on the wall. I'm sure my parents loved the thoughtful gift of my little silhouette, but sitting still for that long isn't easy when you're young.
I wanted to give my daughter some silhouettes of her little angels for Christmas, but at age 4 and 20 months, sitting still wasn't going to be an option. I needed to do it another way.
First I took pictures of their sweet faces from the side. That was only possible because they were looking at some fun pictures on my computer screen. I printed them out in black and white and traced their profile with a pencil to define the lines better. Then I carefully cut around each little curve.
I took a white pencil and traced the profiles onto black card stock.
I found these matching frames at Salvation Army. I was so happy when I found two oval ones because that's what I had in mind. That almost never happens!
I used double sided tape to stick the silhouette's onto white card stock that I had cut out to fit the frame.
This would be an easy project for you to make as a gift or to enjoy on your own wall. I'm keeping my eyes open for a long, narrow frame to put silhouettes of all my grand-babies in. That special treasure will go up on my wall!. Here's a rough estimate of what I spent on this project.
2 second -hand frames ($3.00 each) - $6.00
2 pieces of white card stock - (approx. 59 cents ea.) - $1.18
2 pieces of black card stock - (approx. 59 cents ea.) - $1.18
Double sided tape - had on had
So for under $10, I was able to create two Silhouette pictures that capture my grand-daughters' images at this special time in their lives. I'd say that's a small price to pay!