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The Wooden Silhouette

The Wooden Silhouette

Southern Nest Silhouettes

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):

briggs sil

And here is the silhouette I received:


Crazy, right?

boy silhouette

wood 3

wood quality

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.



Patent pending


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):

taylot sil
Patent pending

I am so excited about these silhouettes I can’t even stand it! You can check them out here: Southern Nest Silhouettes

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  1. they are both beautiful! Thank you for sharing your lovely blog at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop xo

  2. Really a great idea and so cute! I love the new spin on an old idea. 🙂
    Saying hello from Link’n Blogs!
    Leelee @ paperbagstyling

  3. Courtney, both silhouettes turned out darling! Of course it always helps when the models are dang cute! Love the idea and congrats on getting them going. Thanks for sharing your talents with Share Your Cup.

  4. What a great idea! I love them in wood. Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely week! ~Deborah

  5. These are adorable. I love silhouettes. I once did my daughter’s on a t-shirt with fabric paint. You are being featured at this week’s link party. Thanks for joining last week.

  6. Teresa Emrich says:

    Loved reading about you, and have numerous empty frames serving no purpose…the silhouette is a wonderful idea for recycling these frames. Thanks.

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