Free Silhouette Fun!

Free Silhouette Fun!

I really wanted something fresh over my couch.  So I tried to think of something fun, yet free.  A winning combination.

When I was little we had silhouettes of my brother, sister and I hanging in the kitchen.  I always thought they were so neat….our profiles frozen in time.  Very vintage.  But then, at my age, anything from my childhood is vintage.

I am not tech savvy enough to figure out all of the silhouette tutorials online.  So I went the old fashioned way.  I snapped and printed profile pictures of each kid.  Then, using painter’s tape, I layered the picture over black paper and cut.  It only took me about 15 minutes.  Then, to keep the project at a zero budget, I tore out book pages for mounting and glued some twine around them.  I hung them with little clips and the finishing touch….vinyl numbers with my true love, my Cricut.

It is so hard to get a good picture of this little room.  I am standing on the front porch to get these.  Seriously small.

The wall inside of the frame is painted white.  But it’s just an empty frame.  The numbers and silhouettes are hanging right on the wall.

I framed the girls in ovals and the boys in rectangles.  See?  Everything is a school project.  Shapes, sorting, numbers.  “Hey kids….how may rectangles can you find in the living room?  How many ovals?  How old do you have to be in order to be thought of as vintage?”

What is so amazing to all of us, is how easy it is to tell who is who.  I am shocked.  See if you can tell…..

It’s like a little contest, with no prize. 

Hint: the numbers next to the pictures correspond to their rank in the family

You can make some silhouettes too!  Make it a homeschool project.  See who can cut out Mommy’s silhouette and make her look the skinniest.

I’m linking to these fantastic blogs:

Under the Table and Dreaming


Making the World Cuter,

The Girl Creative,

Thrifty Decor Chick,

It’s So Very Cheri


My Frugal Family,

Today’s Creative Blog,

New Nostalgia,

A Silly Little Sparrow


Blue Cricket Design,

The Trendy Treehouse,


Somewhat Simple,

House of Hepworths,

Beyond the Picket Fence,

The Shabby Chic Cottage,

Life as Lori,

Tidy Mom


Chick on a Shoestring,


Fingerprints on the Fridge,

The Shabby Nest,

The Inspired Room,

A Few of My Favorite Things,

My Romantic Home


Funky Junk Interiors,

Tatertots and Jello,

Be Different…Act Normal,

Perfectly Imperfect


  1. These are darling! You must have lots of kiddos in your house! I think this would be a really fun project to do. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. It looks wonderful! I love the silhouettes and the frame! The entire room is lovely.

    Thanks for linking up to Show and Tell Saturday!

  3. Heather S. :) :

    LOVE it!!!!!! Such a cute idea and it is perfect behind your couch!!!!

    🙂 Heather

  4. I love this project! I love silhouettes in general, and this one is so personal and special. Great job!

  5. I love this! You did a great job…I will have to give this one a try…

  6. I love how you took something that we’ve seen over and over and put a fresh new spin on it!! So creative!



    this is so fantastic! i know the impact of 9 kids is huge when you see it, but the way you framed them with old book pages. i can’t stand it!!! so creative! the entire thing is amazing over the sofa!

    so brilliant beyond words. also, let’s talk about those words. again, speechless. thanks for ALL the shoutout’s in this post & links! lisa, you are the best.
    i had to take a mental break from my assembly line. 😉 thank you thank you thank you! now i am so inspired to do mine. hmm, maybe around 4am this morning i will be able to start on it.;)

  8. Just found your blog thru Under The Table…
    Love this project! And your “little room” it’s hanging in.

  9. Love your silhouettes, I used to have one of me that I had done at the local show(fair)when I was a kid, I might have to make one of my brood!
    Thanks for visiting my blog and your kind comments, I too am going to have a little look around here!

  10. Those turned out wonderful…the whole thing – Oooh, aaaah, OH!! Popping fresh dough – oh – ooops -fireworks maybe?

    Sorry – random tonight. But I do love it.

  11. I just did this…well took picts for it! I can’t believe we are thinking alike! Too funny!

    I pray that all I find under the beds are monsters…if there are things with heartbeats then I quit and will call in reinforcements.

    Blessings to you!

  12. What a gorgeous family silhouette! And I love your room too – so pretty. I LOVE your blue piano and the ladder- oh gosh I love everything in the room.
    PS- Your blog design is gorgeous- love how the cursor changes to little drawings- how did you do that? So cute!!!

  13. This is fantastic!


  14. love these! I too used to have a silhouette..I guess that makes ME vintage too!
    What a great idea. Can’t wait to try it. You amaze me inspire me bless me!
    Sorry we missed when I flew thru Ktown last weekend. I promise to come back.
    Can’t wait to meet face to face and HUG a big one!

  15. This is such a great project! I love that it serves as a family memory as well as a decorating item 🙂

    Found you over at Its So Very Cheri

  16. Coming over from Its So Very Cheri! This is so awesome and I don’t care how small you say the space is, it is absolutely amazing! Cozy, lovely, tasteful, comfortable, classy, and the list goes on…love it! I think I will try this…thanks for the easy tips! Christie at

  17. That looks so great. I love how you displayed them. What a fun project. Visiting from It’s so Very Cheri.

  18. I love this! That room is so pretty. The silhouettes are gorgeous. Really fun project. Thanks for sharing. I’m visiting from the party at Girl Creative. This caught my eye right away. Thanks so much for sharing. Nice to meet you! Vicki at

  19. That art, as well as that whole room, look like they belong in a magazine! You are amazing! I love it all!!

    Visiting from It’s So Very Cheri. 🙂


  20. I love this idea and wish I had the guts to have 9 kids! You are very inspiring! Thanks!

  21. Thank you so much for your response to my post, “The Innocence of Childhood.” I welcome other opinions and view points! I post every Sunday about what God is doing in our lives…’Life Lessons’ I call it. Please stop by and share any wisdom you have! I did not grow up in a Christian home and by God’s grace, I was plucked from the life I was living at 20 years of age! I am learning right along with my children and so desire to teach them God’s Truth. I started ‘Life Lessons’ as a way to use my blog and my love for decorating in a way that still honors Him. It has been so rewarding and I love to hear different perspectives!

  22. Hey Lisa!
    Yes, I remember the silhouttes my parents had of my bother and me. I only wish I knew what happened to them! Oh, and by the way, when did we get to be vintage!?
    I do love your shortcut idea! I too have a zero budget (and a zero tolerance for spending money), so this is a great way to get a silhoutte of my kids. And it’s so easy even I tink it can be accomplished!

    Thanks for a great project!
    Sheri O.

  23. Such a great idea! It really looks lovely in the room.

  24. Love this! I have some framed on my staircase!

  25. I am visiting from Its so very Cheri! This is aborable! You have convinced me that I realllyyy need to buy a Cricut! Great work!

  26. I have been planning (in my mind, at least) to do a set of these for Grandma and Nana for Christmas gifts this year. I am so glad that you shared your much simpler method, or with my seven children, I might have been at it until next Easter! Thanks, I love it!

  27. Wow!! I can’t believe you did most of that by hand, it looks great!! What a fun idea too. love it:)
    Visiting from


    Cha Cha

  29. I adore, adore, adore your silhouettes! The frame you put them in is perfect. I love the mix-up of ovals, rectangles and numbers. I’m book marking this. Words can’t express how crazy I am about this project. Blessings, Kim

  30. Lisa this is simply gorgeous! Love the silhouettes and the numbers! Fabulous idea. Thanks so much for linking to The Sunday Showcase. I’ll be featuring this today. Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Hope you have a wonderful week. ~ Stephanie Lynn

  31. Saw this great post at under the table’s sunday showcases! Congratulations.

  32. I cannot handle how awesome this is. Thanks for sharing. Rocks my world!


  33. Where did you find that huge ribbon? Is it a srtip of burlap? I have to know, I LOVE this entire idea, and maybe might be copying it for my house..if i found some empty wall space..? Thanks for posting!

  34. Gorgeous. I have the perfect frame for this. Not sure if I have the guts to give it a shot though! What type of black paper did you use?

  35. The silhouette is fabulous!!!

  36. I love love love this! It tuned out so pretty. I hope you don’t mind but I’ll be featuring this on Sunday.

  37. I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed this. I just recently found your blog and must say it is a breath of fresh air! You see recently the Lord has been convicting me of what I read… so I’ve been unsubscribing to many blogs, looking for new ones when I stumbled across your blog. No, I do not believe in luck or destiny… I do however know that this little journey I’ve been on is truly of the Lords’ leading. Thank you, you don’t know what a blessing you are to me!

  38. BEAUTIFUL!!! Love that you used pages from a book to frame each silhouette. So inspiring…

  39. Love this … great design on a dime (or even less than a dime!)

  40. You are blessed with creativity that knows no bounds! I love this project!

  41. So cute! I have been wanting to do silhouettes for awhile…and this just gave me the kick in the butt!

  42. YOU, my friend, ARE BRILLIANT!
    I copied this to my inspiration file! 🙂
    I have silhouettes of my girls when they were small, but I think I’d like an updated set of all of us!
    You inspired me!
    Update: My footsie is not yellow anymore–it’s almost pinkish-woohoo!
    I have missed a few of your posts–gonna go catch up….
    Hugs, sugar!
    P.S. We re NOT vintage, are we? sigh.

  43. Lisa, I LOVE THIS!!! Definitely going to feature this. I have to say, I’m not really into silhouettes as much as my fellow friends in blogland, but THIS IS BEAUTIFUL AND UNIQUE!! Now, I want to fill that empty frame I have on my mantel! Beautiful work, as always…when are you coming to sleep in my guest room and make me one too?? 🙂 shaunna

  44. This is just toooooo cute.


  45. This is so cool! It turned out fantastic! If you get a chance, I’d love for you to come link it to my party this weekend. Starts tomorrow at 6pm PST. Hope to see you there! Again, looks awesome!


  46. Marilyn Holeman :

    Seriously small–and seriously CUTE!

  47. Oh, this is the best project. I have a wall that this would look great on! I’m doing this!
    Thanks for your wonderful directions. So happy to stop by today.
    Autumn blessings,

  48. that’s darling, i love the frame detail, i love that it was free and you did such a great job with the silhouettes. I’ll have to add this one to my list!

  49. Hi there!!! I’m your newest follower from the weekend linky:) I love finding new blogs and yours is lovely:) You can find me at

    This is gorgeous by the way!!

  50. Wow-love the silouettes but your room is awesome-I love all the details and fabric-nice room

  51. I’ve seen a fair amount of silhouette projects, but not one exactly like this. I love how clever it is and it turned out very cute. I like Kellie’s too!

  52. What a great way to showcase everyone in your family. I love it!!

  53. Be sure to check my feature post tomorrow.

  54. That is BEAUTIFUL! I love it! And your front room is so beautiful as well! I thought it was a picture from a magazine at first!
    I’m inspired 🙂
    (visiting from somewhat simple linky)

  55. wow! super cool! come on over and link up to MMM 🙂

  56. I love it! It makes such a great impact on the room. Love love love it!


  57. love this! thank you for linking up…I am featuring you next Monday!

  58. I love how this looks…so pretty and chic! I don’t like regular scenic art, so I may have to try this….beautiful room you have!


  59. GORGEOUS!!!!


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