Thursday, January 10, 2013

Making a Silhouette for Baby's Room

Passing Notes Today:  Mrs. Kelly

Hey girlies,

I wanted to change things up in the baby's room.  I had been feeling a bit guilty because Bubba's kind of gotten the short end of the stick as far as decorating goes.  I'm sure he lies awake at night, too, thinking about hand me downs and how his brother and sister also had that sheep rocker in their rooms.  Right.


Anyway, here is a picture of the art before.  The older kids helped me put the sheep decals on the wall before their baby brother arrived.  It was a way for them to help in the process.  I wanted to keep the decals because it meant a lot to the them.  But, they (decals) kind of looked lost above the crib.  I also wanted to add something new.
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Baby artwork = Sheep decals, a picture drawn by his older brother and a large framed print by Eloise Wilkin (I'm kind of obsessed with her).

I decided to reorganize the art and add a silhouette.  There are dozens of tutorials online to show you how to make a silhouette. You can be fancy and use photoshop to make one.  Or, you can take a completely easy route like me, cheat, and make something in a few minutes.  

Here are my steps for making a silhouette:

1.  Take a photo of your subject.  I found it was best to do this in front of a window.  I had a quick photo session with my 16 month old.  This was the hardest part of the process.  I wanted him to look ahead and give me a good profile.  Instead, here's what he did (love that face):



2.  Print your image.  After several minutes I managed to get one decent profile shot.  I printed it on my computer on regular printer paper:

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3.  Cut carefully.

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4.  Trace and cut again.  I traced the cutout on white card stock.  I wanted my silhouette white but if you wanted it black...you could either use black card stock, or paint it black.

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5.  Pick a contrasting background.  I used wrapping paper (because I had it) to serve as a background for my white silhouette.  I taped the cutout to the middle of the frame.  DONE!

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D'oh...check out the pretty flash.


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Here's the new art arrangement:
room after

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Got any easy ideas for decorating kids' rooms?  I need something for over the crib.  The only thing is I don't like to hang anything heavy over them.  Suggestions anyone?  A garland?  Flags?  Poster of Gene Kelly?

Gone without a trace,

A Note From Mrs. Gosling:  Love it!  And why do your kids always look like the Eloise Wilkins characters?  I think that the silhouette will be a nice piece that will grace your house for years to come.  What a lucky guy!  PS - hand me downs are cool!!!

A Note From Mrs. Williams:  I'm so glad you did this so I could learn how.  I've always wanted to try to make some silhouettes of my boys and Brian Williams.  Of course, when I was reading your note, I was loving the nine photos of your littlest during the photo shoot.  Those would make some great art too!


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