These sweet silhouettes of my littles have been one of my favorite pieces in our home. In our previous house we had them printed on card stock then hung them in frames but when we moved it just didn’t quite fit the decor. So I set about to come up with a way to incorporate them here but in a more farmhouse style.
Thats when I came up with this idea! So many loved it on my Instagram page @shepherdlane and I promised a tutorial. I didn’t take pictures during the process so I will give y’all a basic run down of what I did. First off you will need these supplies!
-favorite stain or antiquing wax
First things first I should mention that I already had the silhouettes custom done by @mprints and she did a fabulous job with keeping the detail of my little gals headband.
From there I took my digital image and printed an 11×14 poster print for a little over $5 at Walmart. I love the poster prints because you can print larger sizes for less than your typical prints.
Once I had my prints I took a trip to my local Lowe’s and purchased a sheet of plywood and 2 1x2s(you may only need one but I needed enough to make a frame for 3 silhouettes). If you are lazy like me and don’t want sawdust everywhere then they will cut your pieces for you to the size you need. Since our prints were 11×14 I had them cut them to that size.
When I got home I hot glued my silhouettes to my wood cut outs. I then measured and marked with my pencil my 1x2s and cut those to make a frame around my plywood. At this point I didn’t attach the 1x2s just yet because I wanted to stain them and let them dry without taking a chance of getting the stain on my poster prints. For my choice of stain I actually used an antiquing wax. The Lowe’s brand antiquing wax is my favorite. I have used it so many times as a stain. It does a fairly dark look but not too dark look that I love! As a bonus it also seals itself so I don’t have to come back and also put a coat of poly or wax on it.
After letting my stain dry for a day or so, I went ahead and attached my frame with my nail gun. I should add that when buying your plywood it doesn’t have to be fancy or the expensive sheets but be mindful of the thickness. It is much harder than you think to try and stick a nail through an almost paper thin piece of plywood 😂! Even though I know this through experience I still manage to tell myself it won’t be so bad and then regret it later! After alllllllll of those steps your are ready to hang!
I love the way they turned out and it really wasn’t a long process once I had all my supplies. I hope my first tutorial for you guys is easy to follow for you all! In all it was a pretty inexpensive process as well!