I feel like I've earned it, though, after nearly three weeks of rain during January. During that time, hubby was gone for training and I was home alone with my dog and a box of a craft supplies. You do the math.
So! I'm sharing this great DIY tutorial to add a sweet personal touch to your home.
Things You'll Need:
- scissors or exacto knife and pad (or cardboard - something thick that won't butcher your table)
- double-sided tape
- digital camera
- printer (B&W is fine)
- photo frame (with mat) - (*Frames don't have to be expensive! Check the local bargain stores. Also, for a more eclectic look, try different styles of frames.)
- one piece of black construction paper or cardstock
- one piece of fun, patterned paper
Step 1: Take a side (profile) photo of your (willing) subject.
Step 2: Upload it to your computer and print it on normal computer paper. (*I recommend using the "QuickPrint" option on your printer to save ink. You're just using what you print as a tracing guide so quality doesn't matter.)
Step 3: Create your silhouette. Here, you have two options:
- Option 1: You can use the double-sided tape to affix your printed image to the piece of black paper. Then (carefully!) cut them both out at the same time. (*Only use this process if you're sure the two pieces of paper won't move.)
- Option 2: You can cut out the printed image and then affix the printed image to the black paper. Use a pencil to trace the image onto the black paper. Then, cut it out.
Reminder: You're creating a silhouette so just cut around the perimeter. Also, the personalization/fun part is in the details. For me, it was Banks' neck roll and nose wrinkles. Make sure to include the little things: fly-away hairs, eyelashes, etc.
Step 4: Cut down the patterned paper to fit the frame opening. Do NOT cut it so that it just fits the opening. Make sure to leave a little extra on all sides so you can tape it to the mat.
Step 5: Use the double-sided tape to affix your (black) silhouette onto your fun paper. Make sure it's centered and remember that you may need to tilt the photo a little to make the straighten it out.
Step 6: Pop your artwork into your frame.
(You could also try this in reverse - black background with a fun, patterned silhouette!)