My husband and I decided to go to California this year to spend Christmas with some of my family. I was so excited to see my family, especially my nieces and nephew. Since I would be there to give them their gift in person, I really wanted to do something personal for them. After seeing several silhouette ideas on Pinterest I decided wall art of their favorite thing would be perfect!
I was hoping I could use my Cricut for the project, but I just couldn’t find the right images, so I turned to Google. One of my nieces loves horses, so I found three running horse pictures; the other niece loves ballet, so I found three ballerinas.
I purchased six 10” x 10” canvases (three for each girl), and I printed the pictures I found on the internet. I laid the pictures on the canvas and kept re-printing to get the right size. I wanted part of the picture to fold over the edge of the canvas for additional dimension and interest, like the horse’s mane, or the ballerina’s toes. Once I had the right size I printed them on slightly heavy cardstock and then carefully cut out the picture. Small scissors and patience was all it took.
My original thought/plan was to adhere the cutout to the canvas with adhesive spray (I used Krylon Easy Tack Repositionable Adhesive Spray), paint the canvas the background color I wanted and remove the cutout leaving a white silhouette. Unfortunately the silhouette lines were not quite perfect, and it bugged me. So I decided the picture should be vinyl. It made perfect sense to me since vinyl is one of my obsessions right now! So I traced the cutout onto the back of a piece of vinyl (I sprayed it with the adhesive so it stayed still while I traced it) and proceeded to cut it out… Again! Next time I may try to run the vinyl through the printer, but since I had the cutout already done, I just traced them. I felt like I got faster cutting out each image the second time! (Ok, truth be told? I actually cut the horses out three times… I just couldn’t decide if I wanted the silhouette to be black or white, but as you can see, black won! I really should go with my first instinct!)
Once I had all the cutouts I then painted the canvas the background color I wanted and applied the vinyl. After much debate with my husband I ended up applying modpodge over the entire canvas (he said I should do it, I didn’t think it needed it). Of course he was right, it gave it that perfect finished look and feel. It turned out to be a really fun project, and the girls loved them!
I did three canvas Batman prints for my nephew too – I couldn’t leave him out and Batman is his absolute favorite! I’ll add those pictures later.
I had so much fun making these I decided to make a few more.
Years ago my two sons and I started a tradition. Every year Santa would bring each one of us a new Nutcracker for Christmas. We would always write the name of the person who received it and the year on the bottom, and then one day when the boys had homes of their own they would take their nutcrackers. My boys are now men and the tradition continues. It’s always fun to pick out a new nutcraker for them, and I love telling you that one of my boys now buys mine for me. Anyway, this year I decided to make their nutcrackers. Yep, you guessed it, I used the silouette idea!
You can’t see it in the picture, but I added a stripe of vinyl along the edges of the canvas as well, it just added a little something to the picture. I saw how my son and his wife displayed their nutcrackers this year and I thought these two silhouettes would look perfect propped up behind them.
My oldest son is the father of my first grandson, so I thought something a little one could play with would be more fun. And what’s more fun then blocks! Isn’t it great when an idea in your head actually works?! It makes me so happy. All I did was buy a post from Home Depot, cut it down to three 4×4 blocks, painted them black, added my vinyl cutout as one piece across the three blocks, and then cut them apart with an exacto knife. I then covered them with modpodge. Done! A fun and unique nutcracker to continue our tradition!
Christmas is over and I feel well rested from the craziness of all the crafting! Seriously, it’s been like a week since I’ve done something, time for a new project!