DIY Project: Silhouette Canvases

Silhouettes can make pretty housewarming or birthday gifts. They can cleverly customize a child’s space. (Okay, who doesn’t love this headboard? I mean, come on! Oh, and I can’t find the source – if you know it please tell me so I can give proper credit).

Or they can personalize a small vignette.


And Silhouettes are rediculously easy to DIY! Don’t believe me?

Here is your Easy Peasy DIY Silhouette Tutorial:


One of my daughters thought this was a funny way to take pictures…she joked that she was posing for a mug shot to go to jail! Where she would have seen that, I don’t know.

Oh and profile photos turn out much nicer if the girl’s hair is up or if the boy is wearing a ball cap or something. Mental note to self for next time! And perhaps remind your children to stand up straight and help them choose their clothes for the photos. Sigh.



Our silhouette backgrounds are pretty simple. I just painted some dollar store canvases white with a few coats of DecoArt paint (which is also sometimes available at the dollar store) and let it dry.



This is where I got a little bit creative. The silhouettes looked very contrast-y in stark black and white. But our living room already has plenty of colour, so I didn’t want to add more.  So after the paint dried (I may or may not have helped it dry faster with a blow dryer) I grabbed a sanding block and went over the edges and then the whole surface of each canvas. This roughed up the paint just enough to soften the look.

I also personalized each child’s canvas with rubber stamps that I had on hand.

So for now, all three silhouettes are hanging over the TV armoire. They will likely be moved to the gallery wall in the hallway that we’ve been planning and collecting art for.

See, I told you it was Easy Peasy!

Would you try making DIY Silhouettes?

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  1. says

    love it!! :) your kids look so cute! The only diy ones I’ve require photoshop, so I’m happy you shared this one! Looking forward to making one soon :) I might do one of our dog, because I’m odd! lol

  2. Laurie says

    So sweet — it may just end up as one of grandmas Christmas present this year! If I start now, I might have time to do all 11 grandkids as one piece of art!

  3. says

    This is so wonderful! I googled how to make these and your tutorial is super amazingly helpful. Thanks so much! I’m totally hooked on your blog!