How to make a framed silhouette picture

Silhouette picture frame

Want ideas for what to do with old photos? Zoë Patching’s step-by-step guide shows you how to turn your holiday snaps and family moments into a beautiful silhouette picture.

Capture a special memory by turning photos into silhouette pictures. These mini works of art look fantastic framed and hung in your home and they make brilliant gifts, plus they’re surprisingly easy to create with basic craft stash. A great idea for old photos!

“Traditionally silhouettes were stark black and white profiles, but I’ve given the idea a fresh, contemporary makeover,” says designer Zoë Patching. “Choose neutral coloured papers and crisp silhouettes to give your designs a modern look.”

You can use any photo you like – just make sure it has a crisp outline that won’t be too tricky to trace and cut out.

Love this idea? Download our free papercutting templates to create this gorgeous silhouette tree design, too! Plus, we’ve got plenty more ideas and free downloads for handmade home decor projects in our How to… section.

Use our free templates to create this framed silhouette design.

We love to see what you’ve been crafting, so don’t forget to share your projects with us on Facebook and Twitter, too!


Shopping list

Basic card kit, plus
White cartridge paper
Blue coloured card
Dovecraft paper pack – Bloom & Grow *First Edition border dies – ref FEDIE002, from Trimcraft 
White box frame, from Debenhams
Die-cutting machine


How to make your framed silhouette picture

Silhouette picture frame step one

1. Choose an in-focus photo with a definite outline to follow. Print a copy in black and white, to define the lines even more, then cut out with sharp embroidery scissors.


Silhouette picture frame step two

2. Position the photo on top of plain card or paper and draw around it with a pencil. Opt for a hard pencil, such as a 2H, as this will be less smudgy than a softer pencil.


Silhouette picture frame step three

3. Use a craft knife to cut out the silhouette you’ve just drawn. Once complete, attach it to your chosen paper background with sticky foam pads.

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