Monday, June 20, 2011

{Get Your Kiddos Crafting - Watercolor Silhouettes}


Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was great! Kyle and I had a lovely anniversary weekend in the Portland, Oregon area, without the girls, and a fun Father's Day dinner with Kyle's family and the girls to wrap it all up. We felt so blessed this weekend, I hope that you and your family had a great weekend too. What did you do for Father's Day? Any great handmade gift ideas that you'd like to share? I'd love to see and hear about anything you or your kids did for dad this year.

As for us, we usually do something with photos for Kyle; probably because until this year, I haven't really had an artistic accomplice. But this year we threw dad for a loop and painted for him, Phoebe and I made watercolor silhouettes for Kyle and Papa Don (Sorry Grandpa Jim and Grandpa Bruce, I knew that there was no way I'd get them packaged and mailed to you on time... in fact they barely got finished at all with how busy we were).

So how did I think of making watercolor silhouettes? Well I sort of piggy-backed off an email/newsletter/blog I receive called the Daily Thred. Here's the email they sent:

See the colorful "DADDY" silhouette? I saw that picture, thought, "We can do that!" And went from there. Follow along if you're interested in seeing how we made our silhouettes for daddy and Papa Don.

STEP 1: Paint your backdrop. Give your little one a paint brush and some watercolors and let them go. I asked Phoebe to try and cover the whole paper with paint. It took a little coaxing to get the paper mostly painted and with more than just purple - I knew purple alone would not work for daddy and Papa.

STEP 2: Cut out your silhouettes. This is obviously momma's job. If you have a Cricut or another machine that can cut out your silhouettes for you, you are golden! I don't, so here's what I did: for dad's guitar, I printed out a royalty free guitar silhouette that I found by doing a Google Image search. I placed the image on top of my paper (two pieces of paper thick, now) and cut around it with an exacto knife. 

For the golf clubs, I drew some clubs free hand and then traced around them with the exacto. Here were the silhouettes I came out with:

Not perfect like a machine, but good enough.

STEP 3: Cut everything to size. I was using some old IKEA frames I had laying around from ages ago, so I cut all of my pieces to fit my 4x6 frames. You can do this project as big or as small as you want.

STEP 4: Attach your silhouettes to your painted background. I attached double sided tape to my silhouette and then placed it on the painted background. I'm sure that the appropriate glue would work well too, not Elmer's - I've tried crafting with this before, trust me it doesn't work.

STEP 5: If you're gifting or displaying your pieces frame them for a touch of class. 

Daddy and Papa loved their Phoebe originals.

If this looks like a fun for you and your little one(s) pin it to your Pinterest board for next Father's Day or the next time you need a kid made gift. It could also be just a fun rainy day, we get enough of those here, project.

I hope that you had a great Father's Day and weekend!

Domestically Speaking


sheila said...

Papa loves his painting. This a forever treasure from the Grandkids. Better than any gift you could buy. Good Job Jessica on the free hand golf clubs. I love that Phoebe wanted to do it all in purple. Grammy's favorite color:)

jacquelyn said...

cute idea!

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