Now that the Christmas hype has died down and my cold has lost its grip on my sinuses, I’m back with a quick little tutorial on creating a special silhouetted gift for your child.
Thank you to my dear Pretty Handsome Guy for his guest post. I’m glad you all enjoyed a good laugh at his expense.
Christmas morning my boys were greeted by magical North Pole snow footprints (baking soda) leading up to the tree.
In an effort to keep the Santa myth alive, the two presents from Santa were constructed in a different style from the other presents under the tree.
My six year old exclaimed Christmas morning, “MOM! Santa knows what we look like!” So, I think I fooled them again this year.
X-acto knife (optional) and cutting surface
Profile picture of your child
White sheet of letter size paper
White cardstock paper
Black cardstock paper or construction paper
Chalk, Bistro marker, or White paint pen
Start by creating your child’s silhouette. (My silhouettes took many steps in Adobe Photoshop, but I’ll give you instructions for the easy way.) Simply take a photo of your child turned sidewards (preferably in front of a blank wall.) Then enlarge the photo on a copier to the size you want to use. Lay the paper on top of the black cardstock and cut them both at the same time. I prefer to use an X-acto knife for the cutting, but you can use scissors if you like.
Unless you have a graphic program or a template to draw perfect ovals, you will need to draw one freehand. Wait, wait, don’t freak out. You can do this!
First, fold a letter sized paper into fourths.
Draw a curve on the paper with the fold sides inside the curve.
Cut along the line.
Open up your paper to reveal your oval. If you don’t like it, try it again.
Once you are happy with your oval, trace the folded oval onto white cardstock paper and cut it out.
Wrap your present (be sure to use wrapping paper that your child has never seen in your home!)
Spray the back of your cardstock oval with spray mount and adhere it to the present.
I added some glitter spray to the wrapped package to give it a little extra sparkle! (I know, it doesn’t really show up in the photo.)
So, here is a close up of the glittery goodness:
Spray the back of your silhouette head with the spray mount and lay it inside the oval.