Silhouettes

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When I was growing up my Mom had a silhouette of my Great Grandma.  I always loved looking at it.  It amazed me how much I could see my own Mother’s face in it.  I also loved the old fashioned style.  When my son was in kindergarten his teacher had a woman come in who does silhouettes for a living.  I still have that one today but have always wanted to do an updated one of him and one of my daughter. They were very easy to make and I am quite happy with the results.

I took a photo of each of the children from the same distance.  Then I uploaded the photo to Photoshop and selected just their silhouette, and filled it in with black.  I printed out the photo and used it to trace around black card stock.  I then cut out the silhouette and glued it to a piece of white card stock.  I put them in two matching frames and hung them in my entryway.

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I love how once you take away all their features and just look at their profile, you can almost see yourself when you were little. This was an easy project that will capture my children’s silhouettes for years to come.

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Valentines Day Tree

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I saw a tree similar to this one on Pinterest and decided to try to make my own. I used different colors and textures of paper. I even used old book pages. All you need is a few items and in less than an hour you will have your very own Valentines Day Tree. See below for the DIY steps.

Step One: Gather all your supplies.

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  • White or any color poster board
  • different colors of construction paper for the hearts (card stock paper seemed too stiff. I liked using the construction paper a lot better.)
  • any other kind of paper you would like to use. I used pink crepe paper and old book pages.
  • a heart paper punch
  • scissors
  • glue (I used regular elmers glue)
  • Any height of wine glass for base
  • scotch tape

Step 2: Cut your poster board so you can roll it up into a cone shape. I used a tupperware lid as the template for the curve.

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Step 3: Roll poster board into a cone shape to fit over top of the wine glass. Use scotch tape to tape the sides together.

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Step 4: Cut out a bunch of heart shapes from all the different kinds of paper then glue them on the tree upside down. You can experiment with the distance between the hearts and how they overlap. It all depends on how you like it. Keep gluing the hearts on the tree until it is completely covered. Once you get to the top, you can glue two hearts right side up as a tree topper.

*As you can see in the picture, my 7 year old daughter made her own tree. It was a really nice project for her because it doesn’t matter how you glue the hearts. The tree turns out beautiful no matter how you glue them. There is not a picture of hers because it was a little tiring for her lol. She is going to do hers a little bit each day.

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Step 5: Stand back and admire your completed Valentines Day Tree 🙂

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