Friday, June 29, 2012

DIY silhouette canvas



Ever since we moved into our home, our mantel has been naked. I actually borrowed a mirror from my mom when House Hunters came back to film our house because I didn't want the world to see my bare mantel. I've combed Pinterest trying to find ideas but was having trouble making a decision. 

I am hosting multiple parties and showers at my house in July and wanted to have it decorated before then. I had few craft ideas with canvases so I went to Hobby Lobby to grab one. I decided against a large square canvas and went for 3 clearance rectangle canvases. 

(sorry, I only took instagram pics)


These pre painted canvases were in the 80% off aisle and I knew I couldn't get a better deal. I decided to prank Jon and showed them our new decor. I wish I would have gotten a picture of his face as he was telling me he thought they were "cool". Little did he know I was planning on painting them :-)

So back to the project. I primed and painted them a dark turquoise to match our new cabinet that sits under our mounted TV


I planned on mounting the canvases vertically so I needed vertical pictures to silhouette. I chose an engagement picture of ours and a picture of Mr. Ernie (still trying to decide what to do with the 3rd). I uploaded the photos to Block Print and chose the 12 page option. Block Print creates wall posters from high res photos. You upload a picture, choose how big you want your poster and it pops up a PDF of your photo. 

Here are my photos...each is 12 full sized pieces of paper



Next, I carefully cut out Ernie's body and mine and Jon's exactly how I wanted the silhouette to look. This was probably the most time consuming because I had to cut off the white borders and try to match up the pieces perfectly. Here is Ernie with his cutout, he was very confused haha.


I traced each silhouette lightly with a pencil on the painted canvases and painted inside with white primer (since it is thick and the canvas was dark). I did a couple of coats and let them dry.

Here are the 2 finished canvases!


So what should I use for the silhouette of the 3rd canvas?




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26 comments:

Erin said...

These look SO GOOD! I can't imagine how time consuming the cutting out and lining up part was though! Ernie definitely looks scared of his cutout, lol!!! Great craft :)

Bridget said...

OMG...I love them! I really want to do this!!! Good job!

Carolyn said...

They're so cute!!! Seriously. Love. I think you should try to do one of all three of you, or your house or something like that! :) Or maybe a heart because you love both of those things? Or a cross because you love God? Just throwing out ideas!

But whatever you do is going to end up so cute!

Susan said...

Ruthie, those are adorable and so creative!! Maybe for the third one you could have a silhouette of your house, or your favorite flower, or if you have a photo of your hands together from the wedding? lol...........Just throwing out ideas! :)

Dani said...

Those are so adorable!

smk053078 said...

Okay, love these!!! They turned out so perfect! I say go with something simple for the 3rd...maybe a heart or a cross design. High five with this DIY! I am impressed!
-Shanna

Kayla fromSealedWithAKay said...

Those are too cute!! What a great idea!
Hope you have a great weekend!

xo Kayla

Emily said...

Love all your DIY projects! Maybe a heart, cross, your wedding bands, the first house you lived in or the new house? Or get another pup! ;)

Claire-Christine said...

SO cute! I'd do a silhouette of the outside of the house!

Sami said...

Oh my goodness you must have a lot of patience haha. I envy you for that! I get to frustrated doing projects that I'm not sure I could attempt this one! They look incredible though! I like they idea of the third one being a heart or cross though and put it in the middle!

Unknown said...

Maybe Texas with a heart marking Austin, or try some subway art with your important dates, addresses, etc.

Karla said...

ok once the hubby and I purchase our home.. would you please come over and help me decorate?? Lol you have the cutest taste and ideas!
Im soo pinning this ( hope you don’t mind)

Gina said...

Maybe the 3rd could be an outline of your new home or a cross?

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot said...

Cutest puppyyyyy! I love this idea and want to do it with a picture of our dog!

Marie said...

LOVE!!! Or more like LURVE it! :) So how big are your finished canvases then? I think I want to do think for our family room!

CMae said...

Ruthie these are GREAT!!!!!! The photo of you holding the print out of Ernie and him looking is hilarious!
For a third one, you could do a shot of all 3 of you that way it ties all the canvas' in together. Like Ernie's print would be on the left, the one of all 3 of you in the middle, and then the one of you and your hubby on the right outer side! :)

Katie {katie lately} said...

good job Ruthie! you are SO patient, I could never do that!! I like the idea of a cross for the 3rd one :)

Simply Splendid LOVE said...

These turned out great! Thanks for the DIY. I was going to say heart too, but I like the cross idea too! Or you could do Est.(year your were married). Or the letter of your last name. Have an awesome weekend!

Girls Love Fried Pickles said...

Your Last name. Like on your little plaque that says "the harts" or mustaches..sorry i had to throw in the stache.

Heather said...

ruthie, those are adorable! you did such a good job!!

Leilani @ Soleil Selene said...

Saw these on your instagram and they look great! Can't wait to see what you do with the 3rd!

Chelsea said...

they turned out sooo good! definitely pinning this for later!

Miki {Becoming What I Always Was} said...

Such a creative idea! I love it! You did a great job! You ended up doing the 3rd as Texas right? I thought I saw it on instagram. VERY CUTE!

Wendy said...

how fabulous! Great idea Ruthie ~ they turned out great!

Christa @ Controlling Craziness said...

Great idea! I was just at Hob Lob yesterday and saw those same canvases. I debated about getting them and didn't since I didn't know what I'd do with them as they didn't match our decor either. Maybe I should go back and get them. :)

Becca Moss said...

I absolutely love this! I didn't realize they were so "easy" to create yourself! Definitely doing this soon!

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