The silhouette. It’s classic, elegant, and has an air of vintage sophistication. Suddenly, I am obsessed. After browsing different options for having a silhouette made of little B (for myself and as Christmas presents for the grandparents) I knew I wanted an updated spin on the traditional silhouette portrait.
It all started as a conversation between one of my very dearest friends and I. We were chatting about silhouettes and my wooden monograms, bouncing from topic to topic as we so often do. We started talking about how amazing it would be to have a custom silhouette from cut wood. It would last forever…it would never yellow, fade, or tear…it could be passed down from generation to generation, becoming a family heirloom. After our conversation, I knew I had to make it happen.
I began to research production and once I had everything lined up, I created my first sample (using little B as my model.) I made sure everything was done using computerized technology so the silhouette would be accurate. My jaw dropped when it was finished…it looked so much like B, I couldn’t get over it. Here is the photo I used (snapped with my iPhone):
And here is the silhouette I received:
As soon as I saw it, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. I painted it black with acrylic craft paint. I then took a vintage gold Syroco frame I found in a thrift shop and cut a piece of cardboard to fit as the backing of the frame. I wrapped the cardboard in burlap and held it in place with hot glue. I then glued the burlap covered cardboard into the frame. Next, I glued the silhouette directly onto the burlap. The result was every bit as unique as I had hoped. It was a modern, edgy twist on a classic and vintage concept.
Notice that obnoxious “Patent Pending” stamped all over the photos? I loved it so much, I decided to bring the custom wooden silhouette to Southern Nest (you can check them out here) and patented the product. My head is spinning with the different ways I can incorporate it into a gallery wall or B’s bedroom. I even decided to offer a smaller size as well. The small size is perfect to use on a growth chart, chore list, hang above a coat hook, or use as a Christmas ornament…the possibilities are endless.
Here’s another example (my friend also snapped this photo of her little girl with her camera phone):
I am so excited about these silhouettes I can’t even stand it! You can check them out here: Southern Nest SilhouettesBy Courtney Ronay of Southern Nest