Welcome back for a super simple DIY Tutorial today: Framed Pet Silhouette on Fabric. BEWARE: This project is SO easy, ANYONE can do it and its a perfect Christmas gift for a special pet lover. Let’s start.
Items Needed/Cost of Project:
Frame (any size): FREE (I already had this lying around my house)
White Gloss Spray Paint: FREE (Again, I had this leftover from other projects) Though I recently bought one from Michaels, it was 40% off sale and I searched there website and snagged a 25% off total bill coupon. So I paid just under $4. You could also leave the frame as is, if it goes with your look
Fabric: FREE (Yup, I had this on hand) You only need a small piece of fabric, depending on your frame size and could probably buy it for less than .50 cents or you could go with a pretty piece of scrapbook paper instead
Black Paint: FREE (Had it) I used a .50 cent bottle of black acrylic paint from Walmart or a craft store (don’t forget to use a coupon if shopping a craft store)
Pen and small Paint Brush: FREE (Already had)
Printer: Black and White ink is fine for this project
Side profile Photo of your subject. You can use other animals, people or favorite objects as well
Total Cost of Project: FREE or about $5+ if you needed to buy everything
Aside from paint drying time, this project literally takes less than ten minutes (if you aren’t painting your frame) Awesome, right?
Step 1: Print out a picture of your subject. Make sure its a good fit for your frame. Resize larger or smaller as necessary. For mine I used a picture of doggie niece Jax, this gift will be for her parents this Christmas
Step 2: Spray paint your frame, if you decide to do this step
Step 3: Wrap a piece of cardboard with your fabric or paper, pull tight and tape down. I used the cardboard that came in the back of the frame and some thick masking tape. Iron fabric before taping if necessary
Step 4: Check to make sure the fabric is tight and you have no wrinkles, adjust if necessary
Step 5: Do a quick mock up and decide final placement of photo. Originally, I was thinking I’d go with putting the photo way down in the lower right corner, but afterwards I changed my mind and centered it instead. Notice how the photo cuts off on the bottom and right side? I just faked the rest of the outline. Also the ear on top got cut off in the printing and again, I just added an extra piece of paper and faked it
Step 6: Trace your photo with a pen
Step 7: Start painting the outline and keep your paint from dripping or flicking all over by doing this step carefully. I filled the paint cap with paint and set it on the area I intended to paint, in case of drips. Paint this outline as neatly as you can, keeping the lines crisp will make the effect nicer
Step 8: Fill in the entire space you wish to paint. I did two full coats and left it to dry in between coats, and then a little spot touch ups wherever I could still see the pattern peaking through
Go get creative with a piece of meaningful art for a gift this Christmas!