Friday, October 23, 2009

My New Hall Decor: Part 2

Here is part 2 of my $50 hall makeover. While browsing over some of my old magazines, something caught my eye. The silhouette art on the wall. I've seen this before, a few times at least. I always thought it was super cute... so why can't I do it, and make it for cheap?  So the mission was on: Silhouette Art for the hall. Going into the project all I knew is that I wanted to do a mix-match of black and white framed silhouettes, all a little different from the next.

My inspiration came from two seperate places. The first was from Do It Yourself magazine...

Here is where I first saw the silhouette art idea, and LOVED it...

I headed to Michael's and picked out seven sheets of 12x12 scrap-booking paper in five different patterns. Then I grabbed about 5 sheets of plain black paper to be the silhouette's, a "wanna be" exacto knife. Total: $48.

I started from my first inspiration image - the three peonies in an urn. I got out some sketching paper that I had, which was randomly left in a closet when we moved in by the previous owner. I freehanded it while looking at the magazine image very closely. :)  My eraser got a lot of use in that sitting. 

After that was done, I just went crazy with it and kept going ...
The following is traced from the picture that is hanging above the shelf on the other side of my hall

 I traced the flower and butterfly and arranged them a little differently...

This next one was traced from two separate wedding pictures of Ryan and I. I added a rose in my hand and trimmed a couple inches off my hips. If you look closely, Ryan doesn't have any feet. I couldn't make the shoes look right so I opted to do without. Its low on the wall, hopefully nobody will notice. =)

These letters took me for-EV-er to get just right. I didn't have anything to copy off of, and I am not much of an artist. This took me probably 30 minutes to get right. 

It was so easy, I am thinking of trying this idea for some Christmas decor. I totally recommend trying this out, it took a few hours and was super easy and cheap. And if I get sick of the colors, I can always switch out the background paper - each piece was only 59 cents! If I can do it, anyone can do it!


  1. I can't tell you how much I love this idea. Your post has been bookmarked so I can copy you someday. :) Great job!!

  2. Wow those look fabulous! What a cute idea, and I definitely like your idea of doing this for Christmas decor as well.

  3. SO CUTE!!!! I've wanted to do the silouhette of the heads on my wall....vintage style! I'm totally copying you!!

  4. Very cute & creative! On another note - why did I NOT know there was a DIY mag? I smell a new subscription to add to my list!

  5. How did you do the dachshund silhouette? I've gotta have one! LOVE IT!

    And, girl, if I could shave a few inches off my hips, I'd do it in a heartbeat!

  6. LOVE!

    and for seasonal decorating too- what a twist!

  7. Awesome Karli!!! You are so creative, love it!
    Love, Sam

  8. I am in deep love with this project. How creative, love yours even more than the magazine pictures. Fantastic...

  9. This is a cool idea! You did a great job!


  10. Looks Great !! I've been wanting to do that same Art in my house too!

  11. Hi Karli! My post tomorrow is going to include silhouette art and I was going to include yours as a great example. Let me know if it's not okay. Thanks!
    pk @ Room Remix

  12. Those look amazing!!! I'm totally going to try it! :) Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. Awesome, Karli! That little dog is crackin' me up, he's so stinking cute!!! Great pattern and color combo. And the fact that you drew all these and cut them out is pretty impressive. Fabulous idea!!

  14. What a great idea. I'll have to try it! Just came across your blog from Room Remix and so glad I did!!

  15. I absolutely adore your picture wall/hall!! Where did you find the picture wall that included a TV? I'm buying my first home and I have to do a wall like that!!!

    I really enjoy your blog!! If you have some time check mine out scribbledsentences.blogspot.com

  16. Sooooo cute. Thanks for sharing.

  17. so cute! This would make great seasonal decor! I am thinking valentines day... wtih all the loves in our lives... our fam, the cats, a palm tree, ice cream, this will be fun. thanks.

  18. This is great! I love that you get to personalize it and create your own pictures! I am always looking for something classy to fill empty wall space. thanks for the great idea!

  19. Love your silhouettes.

    I got this great tip for extra large font size from Tracey at Notes from a Cottage Industry: in Word you can type in your own size--mine goes up to 72 point type but I can type in 150 or 200 or whatever and get gigantic letters which I can print out ON my scrapbook paper, easy-peasy. It may be my favorite hint ever!

  20. This is a really great idea! I was inspired and went out and purchased frames, scrapbook paper and am now ready to find silhouettes. I have one of my daughter that was made when she was in Paris a few years ago with her Grandmother. That will be my starting point. Thanks for the inspiration.

  21. Hi!
    These look great!
    Could I ask you where you got your frames?
    I've been looking for these type of simple, black and white frames for displaying my artwork.
    I might get some extras for my own project similar to yours :)
    I'm really going crazy for the bird one!


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