Wednesday, April 16, 2014 · 2:56 p.m.

If you have read about my $10 dresser turned buffet or the tassel garland in my dining room, you may have noticed the framed silhouettes that are shown in the photos.

Silhouettes are classic art pieces that will never go out of style. (Photo: Jenna LaFevor)

Don’t you just love a classic silhouette? I think silhouettes are one of those types of art that will never go out of style. I even made DIY silhouette gift tags for Christmas presents this year.

I’m going to share a little secret with you. I’m going to show you the easiest way to make your own silhouette.

First off, I only made one of those silhouettes on the wall.

To make your own silhouettes, you will first need side profile shots of your subject. (Photo: Jenna LaFevor)

Mine and my husband's silhouettes were both made when we were kids. I smuggled mine away a long time ago; and when my mother-in-law found out I wanted a silhouette wall, she dug my husband's out. Both of ours may be considered antiques by now.

If anyone asks, I'm 25. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

I digress. To complete our silhouette wall, all I needed was a silhouette of the kid (AKA, the circus). In a rare moment of stillness, I snapped a side profile of her. Then, I cropped it on PicMonkey (my favorite online photo editing site). I also turned it black and white because all I have is a black and white printer.

After saving it, I opened it up in a word document, made it just about as big as the whole page and printed it out. I cut out just around her profile and kind of made a curve into her chest.

After you cut out the silhouette, trace it onto black cardstock. (Photo: Jenna LaFevor)

No, she doesn't have a golden dinosaur growing out of her head. When I was done with the silhouette, I just popped it on my craft room wall with one of those pushpins from my sassy message board.

Finally, I laid the cutout silhouette on black cardstock, traced it and cut that bad boy out.

I spray painted frames gold that I already had and mounted the silhouettes to scrapbook paper to serve as a mat.

'Cause I'm cheap like that.

Or brilliant?

You decide.

And that’s it! The easiest way to make a silhouette. See the full tutorial here

According to me, anyway.

Jenna LaFevor rants on at Rain on a Tin Roof about DIY projects, junk décor, thrifty finds, crafty creations and other decorating dilemmas. She went to UTC, where she got a teaching degree that now collects dust. When she isn’t trying to keep her kid from climbing out of the circus ring or making sure her husband’s shirts are taken to the dry cleaners so she gets out of ironing, she can be found with a paintbrush in one hand and a cheap beer in the other. But if you’re buying, she’ll have a cosmopolitan. You can email her at; or you can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter @raintinroofblog or at her blog. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not or its employees. 

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