Make a Silhouette of Baby

How to Make a Silhouette of Baby - the easiest tutorial you'll find on making a silhouette. If only I had known this technique before! @littlegirldesigns.com

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I cannot tell you how happy I was to find this tutorial on the SITS Girls on how to make a silhouette. Seriously, I have wanted to make a silhouette of my daughter since she was tiny but it is not so easy to get a baby to hold their head just so for a profile shot. We literally tried to take pictures of her shadow along with about ten other methods to try to create a silhouette. I personally had only seen one done at Disneyland when I was little kid and wasn’t about to attempt what that artist did. (i.e. The artist had me sit in a chair, pulled out a black piece of paper, and cut the paper into a silhouette while looking at me.)

Now that my daughter is a toddler, forget it. I’ve taken to drawing sketches of her since all of my photos of her are a blur (or better yet, nothing at all, since she runs out of the frame most of the time.)

This DIY tutorial is so incredibly simple. Here are the steps I followed to create it:

How to Make a Silhouette of Baby

I sat my daughter on her favorite chair in our office and turned on a slideshow of our pictures. This usually entertains her for a few minutes, which gave me enough time to take some quick profile shots.

I used my point and click camera and took a bunch of photos. The key is to get a true profile shot so the nose and lips are well defined. You can add in the eyelashes later (as I did) so don’t worry about those.

After the photoshoot, I released my munchkin and got to work on the images. That is probably an overstatement. I chose one picture that captured her profile perfectly and downloaded it to my computer.

I opened that image and printed it. You might need to resize your image or copy/paste it into Microsoft Word to make sure it isn’t absolutely huge.

After printing, I cut her profile out and flipped it over. I used black twinkly fabric paint to paint the back of the image because I didn’t want to pull out the acrylics, and this worked beautifully. The paint took about 20 minutes to dry and the image did curl at the edges but once it was dry, I pressed it under a book to flatten it.

At this point, I veered from the tutorial and pulled out some watercolor paper. I drew some circles with my watercolor pencils and added just a touch of water to make the circles blurry. Once the design was dry, I glued the silhouette onto the watercolor paper and framed it. I also added her eyelashes in with a black pen since it was easier to add them at the end rather than carefully cut them out.

Honestly, this was such a fun and quick project. A framed silhouette of your child (or children) would make an easy, not to mention thrifty, present for Nana for Christmas. For now, I’m being selfish and have our munchkin’s silhouette in our room. Too cute!

If you’d like some more creative craft project ideas, check out my Craft Projects page. I update it frequently with projects.

Have a lovely {and creative} day!

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5 thoughts on “Make a Silhouette of Baby

  1. So darling! I took a bunch of pix of my 2 yr old grand baby, so I hope one turns out. It’s like they’re vampires, and can’t show up on film! lol

    1. Your comment made me laugh out loud–I hear you, though. I have many photos of the background because someone ran out of the frame. :/ Also many blurred running pictures. Ah well. :) I hope your pictures turn out; I was so happy with how simple this silhouette was to make. :)

  2. Thank you so much for sharing! I am so excited to try this with my son. Just not sure yet how I am going to get him to sit still long enough for me to take a picture.

    1. I know–That was my problem too! Getting my toddler to sit still is nearly impossible. :) My daughter really likes to spin slowly around and around on our office chair so I put her on it and since our computer is right there she started watching the slideshow of our family pictures. I just took a bunch of pictures and one of them turned out. Whoohoo! Know that you just need their profile. The picture doesn’t have to be in focus. Hope you can get a picture of him–this silhouette is just too cute! Thanks for stopping by!

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