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Kids Silhouettes

Posted on: June 11th, 2013 by ssteinruck 1 Comment

What's more classic than the silhouette of a child? I figured out how to make my own with my Silhouette Cameo, and decided that both Grandmothers needed a set of grandkid silhouettes. The key is a good picture on a light background so it's easy to trace around. So I had each of them stand in front of the closed blinds. It probably would have been even better on a solid white backdrop set up with appropriate lighting, but "ain't nobody got time for that!"

In the Silhouette software, there is a Trace Tool. But I found it not to work as well for a photo. So I zoomed way in and used the draw tool, and went point by point around the edges until it was completely traced. This takes some time, especially if you have lots of details, like curls. You can totally "cheat" too - if someone's hair is messed up or you need a space between the ponytail and the neck (like on Girly's.) Once the silhouette is traced, you can use fill color to make it black (or any other color) if you just want to print it on paper. Or you can have the Silhouette Cameo cut it out on whatever color vinyl you have - I went with classic black.

My first set I did on little plexiglass squares that I drilled a hole in to make it an ornament. They were a big hit, and I'm pretty sure these ornaments are up year round at Nana's house.

For Mother's Day, I made a set for my mom. I found these cute plates at Walmart and just stuck the vinyl silhouette right on there.

It makes a great personalized gift that also captures the sweet profile of a child. I've also seen silhouettes of pets too, but I'm not sure I could get my four legged friend to sit still for a photo shoot! These are also available in my Shop - I just need a good profile picture on a white background. If you can get your pet to sit still, I'll do them too!

About Susan

Susan I am a stay-at-home mom with three great kids, a fabulous husband, a cat, and a dog. I enjoy making things (but not cooking), painting, rearranging furniture (that one is genetic), organizing, purging, and most things DIY. Thanks for stopping by! More »