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.










51 comments:

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

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

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  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

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  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!

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

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

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

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

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

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  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!

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

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  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!

    ~Allison @ House of Hepworths

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

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

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  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.

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

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

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

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  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

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

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  23. That is awesome. I am definitely going to have to do this too. Love it!
    --Jill
    JillMadeIt.blogspot.com

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  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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