Remember those old silhouette pictures on the walls of our grandparents or great-grand parents. You know the ones. Sometimes they were in a picture frame on the way but sometimes they were on a bookshelf or a piano. Occasionally they were a part of a necklace or a broach. They look sort of like this:
Now we came up with TONS of different ways to do this but I think this one is the best and easiest way of all.
Printer (black and white is fine)
white card stock
black paint, tempera or washable is best for small kids
To get started, simply take a profile picture of your child(ren). This means take a picture of the side of their head. You want to frame the picture so that their head takes up most of the shot. You want to be able to see the outline of their eyes, nose and mouth (this is what make the silhouette so special). This is easiest to do in front of a window because you automatically get the shadow/backlight feel that you want. Another option is just in front of a blank wall.
With your computer, blow this picture up to a 8x10. You want it to take up the whole sheet of paper. It doesn't matter if the picture is a little (or a lot) blurry as long as you can see the outline. (You will understand later). Print this picture onto a sheet of White Card Stock (really thick paper).
Have your child paint the entire back side (not the side the picture is on, you will need to be able to see that) with black paint. Allow this to completely dry. The paper will probably curl on the edges. For now, this is fine.
Once the paint is completely dry, you can cut out their silhouette. Simply use the picture as a guideline and cut along the outline of their face, including any clothing or out of place hair. After you have cut out the face you may want to place in a heavy book to help flatten out the image (as it may have curled in the drying process).
When I did this for the preschoolers and parents, I attached the silhouette to a piece of white card stock and mounted that onto a larger piece of black construction paper. This gives it a more finished, professional look. Do this for everyone in the family and frame them.
You can make smaller ones (4x6 or 5x7) for a card or a table-top.
Leave a comment below with an idea that you do that your class parents gush over or something that you made that your parents still have prominently displayed. Even better, leave a link. I'd love to hear about it.