I've been wanting to try these for a while. I must admit, I thought that this would be an easy, 1/2 hour project, at most. It ended up being almost an entire day of cutting and re-cutting each silhouette. Although it was frustrating at times, I'm glad I stuck it out. I really like the end result, especially when multiple silhouettes are grouped together.
Here's how I made them:
1. I searched for photographs that would work well, anything that is a profile view or a dynamic action that you would be able to identify easily.
2. I chose three photographs to work with; Brian and I dancing at our wedding, Brian and I swing dancing and a photo of me drawing on the beach. After the photographs were chosen, I photocopied them (multiple times, since I kept re-doing them).
3. Once you have your photocopied photographs, I taped them to black paper.
4. Next, I cut (carefully!) around the figures taped to the black paper. This was very difficult to do, especially considering how small the figures were. I may invest in some very small scissors for the next time I do this. The faces are the most difficult part. This step took a lot of trial and error. I probably cut out at least 4 of each of my photographs until I cut one that I liked.
5. Once your black silhouettes are cut out, simple glue them to a white background.
6. I like these framed in black, so I bought a few cheap frames at the art store. I think it's nice to have different shapes and sizes. I got a 3x5, 4x6 and a 5x5.
Below, are photos of my finished silhouettes. There are so many interesting things you could do with this. I was imagining silhouettes of birds, my cat, trees, flowers, etc. When I have kids, I'd love to do a yearly silhouette of each of them. Anyways, give it a try!
Brian and I swing dancing at a wedding a few years ago
Dancing the waltz at our wedding
Drawing on the beach (I added the bird, for more interest)
Kitty and the Silhouettes