Simple Silhouette Art for the Nursery

A while ago, I pinned this picture of a dog silhouette that I wanted to recreate for S’s big boy room. Well, as it turned out, there wasn’t any space on the walls in there for it. In the nursery, though, I had the perfect spot, so I did a girly version…

You Will Need:
– Photo of your pet (or your kids, or anything else you might want to make art out of)
– Decorative paper
– Ribbon (optional)
– Glue and/or double-sided sticky tape
– Frame

The most time-consuming part of this simple project was finding a photo of our dog, Ted, that would make a good, recognizable silhouette. I settled on this one of him as a puppy (he’s the super stumpy one in the middle). It’s a photo the breeder sent us, before I went to pick him up – I think he was about 3 months old.

I blew it up to the size I wanted, printed it and cut him out.

 I used the cut out as a template to transfer the image onto the back of a sheet of decorative paper.

With the silhouette cut out, I used double-sided sticky tape to attach it to some corrugated card stock. It adds texture and dimension to the finished piece.

Because the frame is white, I felt like it needed an extra punch of color, so I used some coral grosgrain ribbon to make a border. I stuck it down using a smidgen of school glue (hot glue would work as well).

Framed, it makes a cute and colorful addition to the mini-gallery wall I’m putting together in the nursery (I’ll show you the rest of the wall once it’s done).

I love that it’s so obviously Ted. And it co-ordinates well with the updated mats I’m using on the opposite wall too:



  1. February 10, 2012 / 12:38 am

    Super cute. I think I'll have to make one of my Lily. After the new little one comes and you've gotten settled in that new season of life, we'll have to have a doggy play date!

  2. February 16, 2012 / 1:36 am

    So cute! I love all the colors & textures. Can't wait to see the rest of the gallery. Thanks for linking up.

  3. February 16, 2012 / 3:15 pm

    Very cute! I love that you used patterned paper instead of the usual solids.

  4. February 16, 2012 / 9:10 pm

    I am not a dog person and even I think corgis are just the cutest things. I love what you did. Love the colors! I am a new follower visiting from Momnivore's Dilemma. Vicky from Mess For Less

  5. February 22, 2012 / 4:15 am

    awhhhhh I am such a sucker for meaningful art! I LOVE this! And I love your pups!!! Thank you so much for linking up at crafty scrappy happy!!!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy