Tuesday, October 30, 2012

DIY LAYERED SILHOUETTE OVERSIZED WALL ART


Like most Pinterest addicts users, I have more things pinned than I will ever cook or make or do.  Still, it's fun to look through such great images and glean ideas here and there.  I'm so happy to be participating in the Pinterest Challenge Project today. 


I've had the following image pinned for a while. 

                                                                          Source: athoughtfulplaceblog.com via Jennifer on Pinterest



I pinned from A Thoughtful Place, but I believe the original source is an Etsy shop.  I liked the idea of using an oversized backing to bulk up a regular sized picture.  My thought when pinning was that I could use a canvas or board, paint a fun pattern on it, and affix another framed picture on the front of it.

I've also long admired the large silhouettes in this dining room that I showed you yesterday:


                                                             Source: hollymathisinteriors.com via Jennifer on Pinterest


So, my plan was to combine these two into my own custom artwork.

I've had the supplies and the idea for this project for about two months, so I was happy for the Pinterest Challenge to get on it and get it done!  I considered using a canvas, but wanted a specific size for my backing board and of course the canvas didn't come in the size I needed.  While shopping in Dallas with my sister, we ducked into a Habitat for Humanity and they had stacks of plywood squares, just larger than the size I wanted, for $3 each.  Score!  They trimmed them to size for me at Home Depot (for free).  I wanted to use a 16x20" frame for my top picture with a symmetrical border all the way around, so I had my boards cut to 26x30".

Here's the run-down of how I put them together.

I planned to do a lattice print stencil like my pinned image, but after the first round...yuck!  It did not come out well and I didn't have the patience to re-do.  So, on with plan B (made up as I went along!)


I decided to go with a bold black and white stripe pattern.  If I had planned that from the beginning, I probably would have taped off the stripes and painted them.  But, since I was already at this point I ran to Hobby Lobby and picked up some 2" wide grosgrain ribbon to make the stripes. Quick and easy.



To make the silhouette, I took photographs of the kids in front of a window, and then played with the contrast until they were dark.  After cutting out, I traced the head onto black posterboard.  After I decided which way I wanted the heads to point, I actually flipped them over and traced them backwards.  This helped avoid any stray pencil marks on the finished head. Then, turn them back over so they are facing the direction you want.  I mounted the heads with scrapbooking photo splits on a piece of white posterboard cut to size. 


I purchased basic metal portrait frames with glass on sale at Hobby Lobby, and spray painted the frame gold.  The frame had these handy little brackets on the back, so I put a nail right into the plywood and hung the silhouette.  By the way, I used a sawtooth hanger in the top corners of each piece of plywood to hang it to the wall.




Total cost for supplies: about $34 ($17 each)
It's difficult to tell in the photos, but these are quite large so I think that's a pretty good deal for custom artwork.


I will eventually hang these in the hallway leading to my Wall of Mirrors, but since I have a big blank wall in the dining room, I hung them there for now until I find a china cabinet to place in that spot.



 
I'm linking up with Carmel at Our Fifth House and Young House Love.  Come on over and check out all of the Pinterest inspired projects!

Also linking up with Ginger Jamboree Link Party, 52 Mantels, The Shabby Nest
It's Overflowing, Home Stories A to Z




25 comments:

  1. they look beautiful! i love the drama the stripes add!

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  2. Hi, Jennifer! :) These look (not surprising), AMAZING! Beautiful, personal statement for the room. Really, really fantastic. Super classy.

    I have so much catching up to do. Yours is a blog I've missed. ;)

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  3. I've always loved oversized artwork, but the silhouettes take AND in black, white and gold totally take them over the top!!! Great take on the original!

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  4. So gorgeous and I think they look perfect there! Where did you get your chandelier?

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    1. Thanks Jackie. The chandelier was from a lighting store, Garbe's, in Tulsa, OK. The do have a website, although I didn't see my light on there (I bought it 5 years ago).
      http://www.garbes.com/

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  5. These look wonderful! I've been wanting to do silhouettes of our kids for a while now (even if they all have four legs and fur). This looks so easy, maybe I'll have to finally give it a try!

    PS. Your dining room is gorgeous!

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    1. Yes, Jess, try it...you'll love them! Four furry silhouettes grouped together would be adorable! :)

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  6. They look so beautiful. I love the added layering.

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  7. These look so great, Jennifer!! Love the scale of them and the stripes!!

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  8. These are beautiful! Definitely a good price for large art!

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  9. That is totally cool - and a GREAT price for artwork!

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  10. Love them! Great idea and extremely economical. Of course, I adore the black and white ~ never get enough of that! :)

    xo
    Pat

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  11. Beautiful! I love the modern silhouettes! I would LOVE for you to link this up at my Ginger Jamboree Link Party!!

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  12. Straight. Class. Love how these turned out!

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  13. Really neat project. I love when artwork is meaningful.

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  14. These came out so great! Love the layered look!

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  15. LOVE this! The black and white stripes are so chic!

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  16. Great job!! They look lovely :) I too, am a sucker for silhouettes! Visiting from the Shabby nest link party!

    -Fotini { http://glamorousbride.blogspot.com }

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  17. These came out fantastic! Love the black and white stripes! Thanks for sharing!
    -Ashli http://thegrayhouseontheleft.blogspot.com

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  18. wellcome to Oversized wall art selection of Canvas art, giclee and canvas prints for a cheap price. Our Art is Better than GOOD!

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  20. Love it! Thanks for posting! Silhouettes are truly a great way to decorate. I think simple wall silhouette decals (with class) can really add life to any room. I recently bought some wall silhouettes (safari animals) from www.LifeSizeSilhouettes.com to dress up my boy's room. Not that expensive and what a difference! I was really pleased with them. Keep up the good ideas!

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