There’s no better way to say “I love you” than with a handmade gift and this DIY silhouette project is even sweeter with the memories you’ll make creating it with your little one.
With this step-by-step guide, creating a unique, personalized Valentine’s Day gift couldn’t be easier!
What you need to get started
Watercolors and paper
Creating the silhouette
Set up a white background — a wall, sheet or poster board work great — and take a photo of your child’s profile.
Load the photo onto your computer and use PicMonkey to edit your photo into a silhouette using these easy steps:
1. Under “Basic Edits,” crop your photo to the appropriate size
2. Use the neutral picker to fix any discoloration and whiten the background
3. Set the saturation to 0
4. Set the contrast to 100
5. Under “Effects,” convert the photo to Super B&W
6. Using the “Draw” feature, fill in any white space remaining on your child’s portrait
Save your creation and print at home or at a local printer, such as FedEx. I recommend using a light card stock to prevent wrinkling. The final step for the silhouette piece is to simply cut around your little one’s sweet profile!
Creating the background
Now it’s your kiddos’ turn to get in on the action by creating a one-of-a-kind background to make their silhouettes really pop!
Simply grab a piece of watercolor paper and paints, and let their creativity flow! There’s no right or wrong way to do this part — have fun!
The finishing touch
Once your watercolor art is dry, cut it to the size of frame you plan to use (8×10 shown here) and glue the silhouette in the middle. Place it in your frame and enjoy!
This heartfelt craft makes a great Valentine’s Day gift for grandparents, but as a sentimental mama myself, I suggest making one to keep as well.
Who would you make this watercolor silhouette craft for?
This post was contributed by Joanna Murnan. You can find more from Joanna on her blog, Makingmine.