Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Personalized Wall Art: Tutorial on Making Action Silhouettes of your Family

I started with a regular 4x6 photo that I printed at walgreens of each of my boys doing one of their favorite activities.  I then cut out each child and placed on my overhead projector.  I know its old school, but it works for me.   I used to go into my children's school and use the schools overhead until I found my own at a garage sale for $5! yeah.  Maybe your hubby's office has one you can borrow?  Use your resources and find one to use, or you can always buy one at office max.  I use mine all the time for projects.

I bought a canvas drop cloth $9 (cheap) at walmart, ironed it nice and smooth and hung on the wall so that I could trace my boys.  I placed each child on the overhead one at a time and positioned it so that each child was the size and placement that I wanted.  Sorry I had a picture, but not sure what happened so use your imagination.

With my overhead shining at my canvas on the wall I traced each child with a pencil.

I then painted each child with some black latex paint.  Let that dry while you cut your boards for your frame.

I made my own frame for this so this is a super affordable, and makes a sizeable piece for an empty wall. I cut the two long boards at 86 in.  I cut 4 boards at 23in.  Get out your power tools ladies!!!  I bought 3 ceder boards at Lowe's because they are lighter and easy to staple.  The boards were 1x2x8.  So it only cost me $11.  I then centered the canvas and began stapling it on tight.  $20 and a little work in an afternoon and you have a personal, conversation piece that your children will all fight over when they are older.


  1. LOVE this! I am bookmarking it to try with our whole family! Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. This is so great! I really want to try this out!

  3. This is awesome! I love this so much more than the traditional profile pics I keep seeing everywhere! I've been wanting an overhead for years and would faint if I ever found one for $5!! Definitely a new follower and would love it if you wanted to check out my blog sometime! Found you through the blog hop on West Furniture Revival

  4. I agree with Natalie, I like your version better than the traditional profile pics! I'm saving this to my future project list. Great job!

  5. What a fantastic idea. I was actually thinking of making one for my daughter. This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

  6. SO CUTE! What a fabulous idea!
    Thanks for linking up again this week! :)
    I'll be sharing this on FB and Twitter.

  7. What a great project! and you made it look easy :-)

  8. How very crafty of you! What a great way to remember their favorite activites at this age. Visiting from A Glimpse Inside.

  9. This is such a great idea...truly unique, I love it. Visiting from Weekend Wrap up!

  10. This is so cute and imaginative. I like that it's custom of both your family and the size you need for over your sofa. Lucky you on the overhead!

  11. You are awesome!! Great job on this project!

  12. This family Silhouettes on canvas tured out amazing. I love this idea. Perfect for holiday gift giving! I would love to surprise family members with a personal gift such as this. You made it look so easy and budget friendly!
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  13. I featured you this week in my Hookin Up with HoH party!

    Feel free to stop by and grab a button. You earned it!

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  14. I BEYOND adore this project.
    I've just gotta follow to see what you guys come up with next :)

  15. I absolute love this idea. Thank you for sharing! :) Will absolutely try this soon.

  16. AWESOME, I love love love it.Im totally going to do this as soon as I find a spot to put it. Super cool idea.

  17. This is on of the cutest Silhouette projects I've ever seen :) please come on over and link up to MMM !!

  18. i found you through the girl creative blog hop. i LOVE this project. thanks for the idea!

  19. This is absolutely awesome! I love it. Thanks for sharing.

  20. I love the personality of this. Such an awesome project. I blogged about it here: http://holy-craft.blogspot.com/2011/03/things-i-love-this-week_21.html

  21. I've put together a round up of great wall art projects on Craft Gossip today and included your post. :) You can see it here

    If you would like to share the Craft Gossip love and show your visitors you've been featured, you can grab a button here!

  22. love this idea and i pinned to my "pinterest" page http://pinterest.com/winterslastcrow/diy-and-craft-ideas/

  23. That is awesome. I am definitely going to have to do this too. Love it!

  24. Wow! This is great. I love it. I bought a little mini projector, but have not used it yet. I have to try this.

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