DIY Child Silhouettes
February 17, 2012 · By Emily ·
There are a ton of tutorials on how to DIY a silhouette, but I just did it the way I know how. I snapped a picture of Thomas from the side (harder than it sounds since someone…if I knew who, there’d be hell to pay…taught him that he can see every picture after it’s taken and he doesn’t know to wait until the picture is taken to come running to “See it, see it! Mama? Pease?”. Yeah, I have like 3 pictures of Thomas over the last three months as a result of this fun phase).
Then I put it into Photoshop, deleted the background, and filled in his profile with black to make it easy to trace – it’s not perfect, but the dark silhouette it produced was enough for me to trace. My favorite way to do this is to use the magnetic lasso tool, select the inverse and delete the background, then select the selection again and color it in black. As you trace this, you’ll even out any imperfections that the lasso tool created – it’s no biggie.
So you print it out and trace the image onto white paper (or, if your home is currently technologically challenged like ours is and you can’t get your computer and printer to “talk” to each other, you can trace it from your computer screen onto paper. It’s time for a tech overhaul over here). This is a good time to add anything that your tracing missed – like little characteristic hairs that stick up or out. Then, attach black cardstock or construction paper to the white piece (tape or staple it in place) and cut carefully around the tracing. Glue, tape or otherwise affix to white cardstock, frame it, and you’re good to go.
Just waiting for a dresser to hang above, this is Thomas at 19 months: cowlick, baby mullet and a tiny bit of a flat spot that’s still rounding out after his Craniosynostosis surgery. It’s our Tom to a T and I love every square inch of him. Thomas loves it, too. He points to it and says “This Ta-sis. Love Ta-sis”. The kid’s doing just fine in the confidence department.