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Wednesday, February 10, 2010


this past weekend we celebrated my son Tristan's 9th birthday. this means that my house was full of family: us 4 {and our dog max}, mom, dad, mrs. marie {sweet lady that my mom watches with alzheimer's}, sister, bro inlaw, creighton, and griffin. i am so glad they could all make it.
i love having them all at our house!

while my sister was down we started a project that was for my mom's birthday... and of course we had to make one for ourselves too. i have been wanting to do one for months now and have not been able to sit down and do one. we have seen several different ways to do silhouettes and here is how we did ours:

1) take picture, print out 5x7, and cut it out
{we sent ours to}

2) trace silhouette on contact paper and cut out

3) pick out a color that you want your silhouette to be and paint your canvas
{we used a pearl white} Let the canvas dry completely
then, pick out paint colors you want to use on your canvas:

4) peel off the back of the contact paper and stick it on the canvas
{make sure you push down on the silhouette edges before you paint}

5) blob on your paint colors on the canvas- not perfect-
{as the nester would say "it does not have to be perfect to be beautiful"}
-- we used brown first --
-- then all the other colors --

6) Let the canvas dry completely and then peel off the contact silhouette

7) now my silhouettes are ready to be framed. i am also going to write the boys name & the year under the silhouette.
{I had so much fun Kimberly! We have to do this again real soon}
participating in:

Have you done your own silhouette project? Or any project you would like to share with us?


  1. very cute! I love silhouettes!

  2. I love your colors and you inspired me to do a project! My son's GREAT Grandma had a birthday yesterday, and I am going to make silhouettes of her two great grandchildren. The other is a newborn, though, and I'm having trouble. Apparently newborns' heads look a little like ET when they are in a silhouette. Hopefully we can get a good pic and make it work!
    I added my link. Thanks for the idea!

  3. Very cute! And your tutorial is great too!

  4. What a great idea! They turned out wonderful.

  5. what a fun way to do a silhouette! I bet your mom is going to love it!

  6. I LOVE this project! I might do this for the Gramas for Mother's Day. Thank you for the idea!