The mantle is one of my favorite seasonal projects! Thought I would share my fall mantle that I have up right now.
The silhouettes are from last year….but I love them so! Very easy to make! Take a profile picture of your little person—or dog—or husband, friend…whatever. Print it in a 8×10 paper format. Cut out the profile and then trace it in pencil onto a large piece of black cardstock.Taking extra care around the mouth and nose–the most distinct parts =) Then carefully cut out the silhouette. I positioned mine on the bottom edge of the paper to have a clean straight bottom.
Then mount the cut out onto a canvas frame ( I think I bought a 2 pack on sale at Michaels) I used rubber cement to mount—it will not bubble or buckle the paper. Place the frame upside down to dry and place some heavy books on top. Let dry.
I then just painted with gold metallic paint on the top and bottom band–to pull the colors together a bit. Perfect! Every year I will look at these and see those little peanut noses and little smiles—so cute!
Here is a list of the best way to do these silhouettes (so sorry I don’t have pictures to go along with this craft) I made these a few years back—so all I have is the final product.
- Take profile pictures (nice 8X10 frame filled with the subjects face)
- Print onto an 8X10 piece of paper.
- Cut out the profile–taking care around the nose and mouth
- Place the cut out profile onto the black cardstock (can use any color you want really )
- Trace the profile (taking note which way you want the profile to face)
- Carefully cut out the profile.
- Using rubber cement (or glue) paste the profile onto a 11X14 canvas.
- Turn the canvas upside down to dry on a flat surface and place some heavy books on top to assure adhesion.
- After it is dry you can paint the top and bottom band of the canvas—or leave it plain.
Also, I bought a couple faux pumpkins and a squash—sprayed them gold too! Love it!
Color on the wall is Ben Moore….