Today I am sharing how I last minute did these DIY silhouette portrait art ornament keepsake. This makes a great gift for family members who “already have everything.” Each year, it seems like the holidays get harder and harder to shop for family members so when I came across this idea for a gift, I knew it was going to be perfect. Sentimental and cute. What a win!
First I take the white acrylic paint and use the foam brush to paint 2-3 coats onto the wood ornaments. I usually wait a few hours before I apply the second coat. I only did it to the front but you could do both sides if you wanted.
Next, I uploaded the picture into microsoft word. Then, I cropped the photo to the size I needed which was going to be roughly 2.5 in. x 2.5 in. After that, I flipped the photo across the x axis so that the direction of his head was facing to the right. (You don’t have to do this step but I had another one made already and I wanted all the faces to be looking in the same direction.)
Then I printed it. Once I printed it, I cut around the face and shirt collar as precisely as I could.
After I know the ornament is dry from painting it white, I take a pen and trace around the silhouette as precisely as possible. Pay attention to make sure you aren’t shifting the picture as you trace around it Once it is traced, I then take the black acrylic paint and the detail micro brush to fill it all in. I do several coats of this as well. Use the different color paints to touch up areas where needed. I added little eyelashes and a hair flip with a fine tip gel ink pen to the baby girls portraits for extra detail. Complete it with twine and ribbon! Simple, inexpensive, and easy and I love the way it turned out!!
Thanks so much for reading! I have silhouette art in several places in our home because it’s personalized, cheap, and easy! I will try and do a tutorial in the future on how to do larger scale pieces. But in the meantime, thanks for stopping by! Merry Christmas!
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