DIY Silhouette Christmas Ornament | Christmas Craft
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Silhouette Christmas Ornament | Christmas Craft

I thought I would bring back an awesome guest tutorial from Judy at What I Live for!  Here is her tutorial on how to make an adorable Silhouette Christmas Ornament!

What I Live For

Each year growing up, my parents would buy each of us kids an ornament. We had our own themes that my mom would try to stick to. I always had rocking horses or angels. Apparently this was a tradition my paternal grandparents had with my father as well! When we got married, my hubby and I decided to continue the tradition with our own twist. Each year, our family’s ornaments have a different theme. One year we each got a nativity, another nutcrackers, etc.

I also love the idea of framing and hanging up silhouettes of my children, but in our apartment, we are very limited on how many holes we put in the wall. So this, year, we are each getting our own silhouette ornament!DIY Christmas Ornament
All you need are a round piece of wood the size your want your ornaments to be for each member of your family. I bought mine at Hobby Lobby for 70ish cents and they are 2 inches wide. DSCN4034
Drill a hole in each of your discs for the hanger to go through. Did you know dremel tools can drill? I seriously didn’t until this project!DSCN4035
On the back, I used Mod Podge to transfer our printed names and date. For my boys I used their first and middle names, but just used Mommy & Daddy for my husband & I. Click on the link above to see more detailed instructions and other ideas for photo transfer techniques with Mod Podge. DSCN4386
To transfer ink, print out the text backwards. Cover the paper with Mod Podge (not too much) and adhere to your disc. Rub thoroughly to make sure there are no air bubbles.

Let dry. I would wait several hours, if not an entire day. Spray the paper with a little bit of water and start rubbing gently with your fingers. The paper fibers will start to rub off and you’ll begin to see the text (or image). Keep rubbing until there are no more fibers. If there are some left, when it dries your image will look somewhat ghost-like. If the text starts tearing, set it down, let it dry and come back with a gentle touch, spraying and rubbing.
For the front, I made everyone in my family stand against a white wall and shot a few pictures of their profile. I then took those pictures into and erased anything around them. DSCN4097
I’m not terribly computer minded, so I literally just printed out the profiles, cut them out and used a Sharpie to color them black :). Mod Podge your silhouettes to the discs and let dry. DSCN4099
Coat both sides with additional Mod Podge and if desired spray with an acrylic sealer (12 oz for under $6 at Walmart!) for more durability.DSCN4385

These are perfect for your own tree or for cute little gifts for Grandma and Grandpa! Have fun crafting!

You can find Judy at her Blog, Twitter, Facebook.

Thanks for sharing with us Judy!!


Lauren is the owner and writer for Crazy About My Baybah. She is a mom that is crazy about her family, art, photography, getting fit, Disney, and living in Las Vegas.

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  2. What a cute idea! You could even get the older kids involved in helping decorate their own ornament or gluing down the images!

  3. Beautiful!

  4. I think you may be a genius. I have been wanting a Silhouette ornament for ever and never realized it could be as easy as a sharpie. So making these. Thanks

  5. That is a great craft! Pinned :)

  6. This is amazing! It looks so easy too!

  7. I don’t even have a tree, yet. I suck.

  8. That would make a great gift idea for aunts and uncles!

  9. That is so cool! I would love to do something like this with my kiddos.

  10. What an original idea!

  11. Those are adorable. What a great Christmas craft!

  12. Very creative!

  13. Great project for keepsakes.

  14. I LOVE making homemade ornaments, even now as an adult. I try to make some each year with the kids to put on the tree and give as gifts.

  15. Those are so neat! I really have been eyeing a silhouette after seeing such crafty projects done with it.

  16. That’s seriously so cool.

  17. Wow, these are really neat.

  18. those are really unique. thanks for the tutorial

  19. I love the profile ornaments!

  20. What a great idea! I love it.

  21. Very cute idea!

  22. This is adorable and a great unique craft project.

  23. How creative! They turned out great.

  24. So creative!

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