I've always been fascinated with the booths that sold Scherenschnitte, the art of paper cutting design. I remember standing in disbelief at local Craft Shows in Pennsylvania that these women, with their tiny little scissors, could create something so intricate and beautiful. I would stand and peer over the shoulder of a Pennsylvania Dutch woman and watch her in awe.
When I became a mom, I was eager to have these perfect little silhouettes of my kiddies. As crafty as I am, I knew there was no way I could pick up some black paper and scissors and cut silhouettes freehand.
Here was my easy and budget friendly solution…
Time: 1 HoursCost: $10Difficulty: Easy
I took quick profile images of my kids and printed them out. It took some playing around with size to get just the right scale for my frames.
I wanted to be as precise as possible so I would know that the cute little nose, the hair cowlick, and that signature bow I captured in the image belonged to my kids.
After cutting with my sharpest scissors, I placed each image on a paper plate and gave it a quick coating of black matte spray paint, making sure not to saturate it and tear the paper.
I was looking for some added texture to my frames so I mounted each little silhouette on a piece of burlap, but these would also stand out and look gorgeous on simple white paper or any other background of your choice.
Suggested materials for this project:
- Printer and printer paper
- Black matte spray paint and paper plate