How to create a custom silhouette portrait : 5 easy tutorials from 5 beautiful blogs

The traditional method of making a silhouette ...


There are a lot of ways to create your own custom silhouette portrait.  If you are computer saavy you can edit a profile photo and print out your design.  If you’re more crafty you can trace and carefully cut out a silhouette portrait of yourself, your child, or your pet.  These five bloggers made excellent tutorials on how to create custom silhouettes and I wanted to share.

Jones Design Company has a beautifully designed blog *and* a tutorial for how to make your own custom silhouette art using computer software. JDC uses, which is free and supports layers, to create a silhouette from an uploaded photograph.

See the tutorial ~ visit the blog

E tells tales shares a lovely felt and fabric silhouette tutorial framed in an embroidery hoop. Check out the rest of her blog as well for beautiful photography.

See the tutorial ~ visit the blog

The Fab Miss B uses a printed photo, tracing paper, an xacto blade, and card stock to create pretty framed silhouette portraits.

See the tutorial ~ visit the blog

The Poor Sophisticate is an amazing interior design blog with awesome design tips and nicely styled photos.  One of many tutorials available is an easy classic silhouette tutorial that you print yourself, cut out of black paper, and mount with Aleene’s Tacky Spray.

See the tutorial ~ visit the blog

And Nesting Place has the greatest philosophy for home design, “it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.” If you want to create a personalized gift, or something sweet for yourself, just follow her tutorial to make a silhouette necklace.

See the tutorial ~ visit the blog


If you don’t want to break out the scissors and glue Etsy has a lot of great options as well.

AtomicHotdish  will create a detailed profile silhouette and email it to you in .pdf form for $20.00

BklynSilhouettes offers clean, classic, custom illustrated silhouettes for $35.00.

PrettyFaces sells 8 x 10 framed prints with a lot of custom options for $50.00

ThisWayUpGraphics makes a modern lineart silhouette illustration on a colored matte background. $18.50


I like to trace my photo onto canvas and carefully paint the silhouette in black.  It looks really nice on the wood plaques you can buy at Michaels, and is a very inexpensive way to create gifts or art for your walls.

Have fun creating!

<3 Kat



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