I love a good silhouette. The only trouble is, it's really hard to get a 15 month old to sit still while you take a picture of the side of their head! After countless attempts I finally stumbled upon a solution. I sat Abe down on his step stool in front of the bookcase (I needed a white wall to shoot against), and lined up a bunch of raisins on the shelf in front of him. He happily sat there eating raisins for all of 3 minutes...
...but it was enough. I ended up with a few good shots to choose from, and some awesome raisin eating shots to boot. I wanted to see his chubby little cheeks, and the shots that showed his lips (although adorable) lost all that chubby deliciousness, so in the end I went with this one:
Now I'm not one to spend a lot of time doing something that can be done much faster in Photoshop, and since I knew John from Young House Love posted a wonderful tutorial (found here) on how to convert a photo to a silhouette, I simply followed his instructions and ended up with a nice resizeable file to work with.
To make up for my lack of a "DIY silhouette tutorial," I've decided to instead show you three ways to use your Photoshop silhouette to make Christmas ornaments!
|Printed on textured paper and framed|
1. The first one is easy. Just find a store bought frame (I found this one at Crate & Barrel), and measure the size of the opening. Crop and resize your silhouette to fit the frame and print on white paper. (I used a textured cardstock for mine.) Cut to fit the frame, pop it in, and you're done!
|Printed on patterned cardstock|
2. This is an easy option if you don't have (or want) to buy a frame. Simply print out your silhouette on a piece of patterned paper or cardstock, mount on a lightweight piece of cardboard or heavy cardstock (I used Mod Podge to attach it to the cardboard), and once it's dry cut into any shape you'd like. Punch a hole at the top, add a ribbon, and hang! You can write baby's name and date on the back too.
* Just a note, when this one came off my printer, the stripes were clearly visible through the black ink. I carefully filled the silhouette in with a black Sharpie to make them less visible.
3. This one requires a little more work and a pair of sharp scissors. Use Mod Podge to glue two pieces of cardstock together patterned sides facing out (I used a glittery yellow cardstock, but I think a patterned paper would be super cute!), and let them dry under a couple books. When dry, tape a pre-printed silhouette to the cardstock and carefully cut around it. (I found it helpful to line up the bottom of my silhouette with the edge of my cardstock and wrap a piece of painter's tape around the edge to hold it in place.) Punch a hole in the top and add a pretty piece of ribbon.
There you have it. Three silhouette ornaments that are fun, easy, and absolutely adorable!
Well, that's it for our 12 Days of Christmas Ornaments series. I hope you've enjoyed them all! If you missed any, you can see them all right here.