This idea was inspired from two places. I was first reminded about the art of silhouettes in an article I read in Country Home magazine shown here:
Then, I saw a link to this great tutorial on making your own! I will admit that I did not do as complex of a job as she did - but simplified this to just a few steps. And, I was quite pleased with my results.
First, I took photos of my cute subjects:
Then, I uploaded the pix to my computer and printed them out in black and white all on one page.
I trimmed around their faces and put a piece of black paper underneath and cut around the edge of their face with an x-acto knife.
At this point, I scanned them into the computer so I have the pattern forever! Next time, I can just print this out, and cut out.
Here are my silhouettes at this point:
I found these paper mache ornaments at Michael's for 0.99 each.
I painted them and let that dry:
Then, used ModPodge to decoupage silhouettes to ornaments (I wrote each name and year on the back):
Or, for the recipient who may not prefer ornaments ~ I made this paper mache box:
Or, for one who doesn't do a big tree, doesn't have room for the box, but might enjoy this year-round: make the ornaments into a garland:
With the scanned in silhouettes - how about some notecards:
Now, I want a set for myself! I love how all of these turned out! I love the simplicity of the silhouette and how it looks old fashioned and timeless. What a treasure these will be!