Tutorial: Framed Fabric Silhouettes

By Brittni • posted on 02/12/2024

Yesterday, I mentioned a few wall art alternatives for your home, and today we have Tiffany of Simply Modern Mom sharing her tutorial for another wall art option: framed fabric silhouettes. What a cute project!

Take it away Tiffany…

Rather than remodeling or rearranging the furniture in our house, I am redoing the wall decorations on our walls. Change things up a bit. I would really like to paint and repaint our walls, but I promised myself I wont do it until Nathan is through with school. He is in his last semester. So come fall, we will be dripping paint everywhere.

I started my wall decorations with this easy project of making silhouettes of all of us and framing it using fabric as the background. Cheap and easy fix to a plain wall. You will have to excuse the glare in the pictures. The frames are located at a super glare wall of our house. And Im too cheap to go non-glare on the glass and just used the glass that came with the frames.

I used 11 x 14 inch frames because I wanted these to be big. Hence the thick frames too. I love chunky frames. Of course, when you make yours, you can adjust according to size.

Materials: 1. 11 x 14 inch frames 2. profile photos of each person 3. black marker 4. scissors 5. white color pencil 6. black cardstock 7. quarter fabric or scraps that are at least 14 x 17 inches 8. 11 x 14 inch canvas panels 9. Mod Podge 10. sponge brush 11. glue gun

Step by Step How To: {click images for larger view} 1. Take profile pictures of each person. Then print them out to the size you want them to be in the frames. I used my printer at home to print the profiles onto 8 1/2 x 11 inch printer paper and enlarged the photos to fit the paper. 2. Using the black marker, trace the profile of the images. You can blacken the face to get a better idea of the outline of the head. 3. Cut out the profiles. 4. Using the white color pencil, trace the cut out profiles onto black cardstock. Make sure you trace in the opposite direct you want your profiles to go in the frame. 5. Cut out the cardstock. The side you traced with white color pencil as the back and the profiles should be pointing in the right direction.

6. If you are doing 11 x 14 inch frames like me, then you cut your fabric to 14 x 17 inches. If not, then adjust according to size. 7. With the fabric wrong side up, place the canvas panel in the middle of the fabric. You should have a 1 1/2-inch excess all the way around. 8. Use the glue gun to glue the excess fabric in place to the back of the panel. I did two opposite sides first. Then fold the corners and glue in place. And finally glue the other two sides. 9. Now use Mod Podge to attach the silhouettes to the fabric canvas. Use a brayer to flatten the paper from center out to prevent bubbles. Or I just used my hands then set books and magazines on top to help it flatten as it dries. Then I Mod Podged the paper silhouettes so finish off. Careful not to get it on the fabric. Allow to completely dry before placing in frames. And done!

Thanks so much Tiffany for sharing this project with us. Be sure to check out more of Tiffany’s projects on her blog, Simply Modern Mom.

And as a side note, if you made something inspired by Simply Modern Mom, please upload pictures of it in this Flickr group to show it off. You may be featured on Simply Modern Mom.

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Great tutorial and a fun project! A great way to personalize and add color to any room.

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This would be the perfect project for little kids, wouldn’t it Mayi? So fun!


hey what i cool + easy project to do! i will teach my little students how to make these 🙂 so excited!

Mayi Carles @ Heartmade
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