Learn how to make a framed silhouette for mother's day in this easy to follow, step by step instructional video.
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Hi! I am Mary Gallagher Stout and today we are going to be making stunning silhouettes of our children for Mothers Day. It’s a great little craft that you can do with your children, dads, that is you. What we’ll need is a piece of cardboard, some scrap paper, a photograph of your child, ribbon, tape, scissors and ultra-fine point marker. The first step in making a silhouette of your child is taking a profile picture of the child. You’re going to print up the size that you need in the printer. Take a fine marker and trace along the outside of her body and her profile and this is the template for her silhouette. So I’ve outlined my daughter and now we’re going to cut off her silhouette. So if you make a boo-boo and you get some of the black marker on your child’s face, don't worry because we’re not using this. This is just for you, for your information. So now, I have my daughter’s silhouette. I’m just going to trace it on to the pattern paper and what’s really cool is your children's profile, they change every year, they change every day almost. So you can do these annually. Make it an annual production and then see how your child has grown. Now, I’m going to cut this out. This is a silhouette I’m using for my project and I want to be sure to get all of the black marks off. Here is my silhouette that I’m going to set aside because we’re not ready to use it just yet, so lets just set that aside. So we’re going to make a frame out of cardboard. So basically, all you’ll going to do is you’re going to gift wrap a piece of cardboard to adorn the silhouette on to. It doesn't matter what size, it just really depends on the size, you’re going by eye. So it’s not a certain size it has to be. It’s just like wrapping your gift package. I’m going to fold it in. If you don't like the white which I don’t, I’m just going to snip that off. You just want to get it on there nice and fit, nice and tight because this is our frame, this is our background to which we are going to put a silhouette. So there’s our background and now, we’re going to put on a black background to make this pink really pop off. Again, you eyeball it and I like it to be about an inch from top and the bottom. So I’m just going to take the paper and fold it down to where I want it. Then you’re going to put it right in the middle. So then, you have these really cool edges on either side. So I’m just going to tape these now. So there is our background. Then we’re going to make it pretty with some liner. We’re going to put a little ribbon around it. So again, you just want to make sure the edges are covered to make it a pretty seam. I’m going to do it the other side now too. It really frames it and gives it a polished look. Then you’re just going to secure them down with tape on the back. So here is our frame that we’re going to put our silhouette on. As you can see, the silhouette is a little long. So we’re going to cut it to fit in there. So let’s say, she is going to go. I want it to fit inside the ribbon. So I’m going to just fold her up to where I think she should go. I cut her down and you can glue or tape, whichever you prefer. I’m just going to use tape because glue tends to get bubbly in gross. Actually, if you had a double-sided tape, that would be the perfect solution for this or a spray adhesive because glue is going to get bubbly and wrinkly. You don't want it to bubble or wrinkle. So now, I’m putting my silhouette right in the middle. There it is, it’s our silhouette. To finish everything off, we’re going to run a ribbon up through the back and you can add on as many silhouettes you like. If you have a lot of kids or animals, you can do your animal silhouette. I would like to use the funky colors of paper because it gives it that modern twist to a very old way of doing silhouette. You’re only limited to your imagination, so go out there and make it your own. Have a happy Mothers Day.