How to Make a Silhouette Art Piece

By Jessica Begum ; Updated September 15, 2017


A silhouette art piece is a timeless keepsake any recipient would enjoy. This project makes an ideal gift for Valentines Day, Mothers Day, or even a grandparent's birthday. Children who are 8 to 10 years old should be able to complete this project with a bit of help from a grown up.

What You'll Need

You’ll need a flat-faced 5 by 7-inch wood frame, decorative paper, scrapbook embellishments, black card stock, white or cream 5 by 7-inch card stock, scissors, paper clips, double sided tape, and white glue. You’ll also need a digital camera.

Take a Profile Photo of the Child

Take a profile picture of the child against a plain, light-colored background such as a white wall. Experiment taking photos looking up, straight ahead and down. Download the images into a computer, and play with the contrast in a photo-editing program. Darken and sharpen the silhouette until the shape is emphasized. Size the photo to fit a 5 by 7 frame. Print the photo on plain white paper.

Decorate the Frame

Cut strips of scrapbook paper the same size as the sides of the frame; glue the paper to the frame. When the glue is dry, trim away any excess paper.

Add Embellishments

Glue embellishments such as small flat-backed pearls or gems onto the paper-covered frame.

Tape the Silhouette to Black Card Stock

Cut the silhouette down to a small, workable square that will be easy for the child to handle. Attach it to a piece of black card stock, using a small piece of double-sided tape and a few paperclips.

Cut Around the Photo

Carefully cut around the outside edges of the image. (Younger children might need help with the face.)

Tape the Black Silhouette to Card Stock

Put a few small pieces of double-sided tape on the back of the silhouette and press it onto to a 5 by 7-inch piece of white or cream- colored card stock.

Frame the Piece

Insert the finished silhouette into the decorated frame.

About the Author

Jessica Begum is a crafty momma of three living on the west side of Los Angeles. Her blog Hipster's Tea Party,, is mostly mom- and kid-friendly crafts, partly ideas for more ambitious projects and a sprinkle of art and recipes thrown in just for fun. As well as being crafty, she is classically trained in fine art and loves to paint with watercolors and oils.