December 17, 2007

Easy Christmas Present

Although I'm glad I didn't take the handmade Christmas pledge, because I would have failed miserably, we are making a few presents this year.

The kids and I made stupid sock creatures for my niece and nephew. Those weren't hard to make, but they were time consuming.

I've been at a loss as to what my mother-in-law would like, but finally I remembered something I saw a link to a while back. I'd tell you where if I could remember, but I don't. It was a tutorial on making silhouettes. Now a real silhouette is done with someone snipping away freehand, and it is really cool to watch. This is not that way, but rather something that requires no real artistic talent.

First, I took a photo of each of the kids' profiles up against a blank wall. Okay, first, I really went to Michael's bought a picture frame with a matte (my supply of millions of them being packed up, of course) and a piece of black cardstock. Then I took pictures of the kidlets. Getting a one year old to turn sideways long enough for me to snap a picture was hard, but it turned out to be harder to get a three year old to do it. Once uploaded on to the computer, I cut each of their heads out using the magnetic lasso tool, sized them to all be approximately the same, and printed them out.

The pictures I then cut out, turned upside down, traced them with a pencil on the back of the black cardstock, cut them out, glued the silhouettes to decorative acid-free cardstock that I already had lying around, (alright, I actually stole it from the kids' art supplies) wrote each child's name and the year under their silhouette, taped the pictures onto the matte, and put the picture frame back together.

Originally, I had planned to get the kids to paint some sort of watercolor for the background behind their heads, but using the cardstock made the whole thing go a lot faster and I realized I didn't really want to give my one year old access to watercolors.

So here's the result. I think my mother-in-law will enjoy it.


Very, very nice! I can tell, even from this far away, how much they resemble the children.

I believe the tutorial was from By Sun and Candlelight.

Posted by: Meredith at December 17, 2007 06:35 PM

I love that!!!! But even though you say it takes no talent, I don't think I could pull that off. That really is gorgeous though.

Posted by: dcrmom at December 18, 2007 04:59 AM

If you can handle cutting and pasting (and I know you made it out of Kindergarten) you could do this project.

Posted by: Jordana at December 18, 2007 09:24 AM

I have ALWAYS wanted to try this!

I love them. They came out so well.

Posted by: Alli ~Mrs. Fussypants at December 20, 2007 11:33 PM

These are really lovely. I may steal your idea for a future time. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: Tricia at December 22, 2007 10:27 AM

That is gorgeous! Even if it's as easy as you say, it's got to be a little bit time-consuming, and I do NOT know where you get the time!

Anyway, it is precious. I can understand that part about the three-year-old. If I were to attempt this, I'd have to do it during video time...

Posted by: Lenise at December 25, 2007 12:42 PM