easy silhouette ornament/plaque tutorial

November 9, 2009 at 7:09 pm 11 comments

Last year, I was looking for a cute, inexpensive, and simple handmade project for the grandparents. I love silhouettes, and I had seen some cute projects around the blog world, so I combined a few of them to make what I had in mind. I wanted something smaller that could be used either as an ornament or as a plaque to hang somewhere.

These are far from perfect, but we’re going to call that “charming” and “handmade.” The grandparents loved them, and I even made some for myself and have them hanging on my bookshelves.

First, I took the kids’ pictures against a solid background.


I loaded the pictures in Photoshop and isolated their heads and filled them with black. I did this because I am a terrible cutter and I was worried I’d make a mess of cutting out their actual faces like some of the tutorials I’ve seen.

I printed them out on light-colored scrapbook paper. Then I traced the wooden plaque (purchased from Michael’s….very inexpensive!) and cut out the ovals.


I painted the plaques with copper craft paint, used ModPodge to glue the paper on, and used more ModPodge to coat and seal the whole thing.


I used hot glue to glue copper ribbon onto the backs. Mine were very unfinished, but if you’re fancy, I’m sure you can come up with a more finished-looking back.


And that’s it….the finished project:IMG_3222


I’m adding this to Chris’s “I Can Make That!” party at Just a Girl and Kimba’s DIY Day. Lots of great projects to check out!


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11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. jenjen  |  November 9, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    I love, love, love that idea! I want to make some silhouettes of my kids and put them on plates, but am trying to figure out how to do it in Photoshop.

    Great job!


  • 2. Pat  |  November 9, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    How cute is that? I’m going to make my own soon as I see the grandkids. I love the idea.

  • 3. Wendy  |  November 9, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    I love how they turned out. I have always wanted to try this project, you have inspired me to make them this year – I think the grandmothers would love them!

  • 4. heidi @ wonder woman wannabe  |  November 9, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    well, isn’t that just PRECIOUS!?

  • 5. Twice Remembered  |  November 10, 2009 at 7:38 am

    Your silhouettes turned out beautifully! I really want to try this! Thank you for sharing!

  • 6. Wendy  |  November 10, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Love this idea ~ never thought to use photoshop.

  • 7. Laurel  |  November 10, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    So cute, so simple, so classy!

  • 8. Mama Holli  |  November 10, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    LOVE these!!! What beautiful keepsakes for many many years to come!!! Nice tradition to start!! Thanks for sharing!
    Mama Holli

  • 9. Katie  |  November 11, 2009 at 7:15 am

    I LOVE this. I have always wanted to try to make these but I never thought of using photoshop to fill in with black first. Thanks so much for sharing and for linking up!

    This is such a smart idea!

  • 10. Kim @ Everything Etsy  |  November 17, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Great tutorial! I love ornament gift that are so meaningful for grandparents and relatives. Thanks so much!


  • 11. Bonnie  |  November 25, 2009 at 9:21 am

    So cute Jaime!! You come up with the craftiest, cutest ideas. I wish we lived closer so we could do crafts together! 🙂 Have a great Thanksgiving!


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