We Will Become Silhouettes

When making DIY silhouettes, I just could not resist using that title for this post (a Postal Service song for those who may not get the reference). I’m a Photoshop fanatic and always have been. I use Photoshop on a daily basis at work and we’re constantly using it to create graphics and adjust photos for the blog. Recently I started messing around with some of my favorite photos and decided to come up with a framed collection of silhouettes.

*This post can serve as a quick reference step-by-step guide for you to make your own DIY Silhouettes! You will need:

Some digital photos
Photoshop (and basic Photoshop skills)
A color printer, fully loaded with paper
Frames

We purchased some cheap-o frames of various colors, styles and sizes – cheap is great in this case because customizing the silhouette is your chance to add style and pops of color. I took two photos from our wedding and found a pre-made silhouette of one of our favorite pooches, inspired by this guy:

English Bulldog Crumpler

For anyone who doesn’t know, that’s Crumpler, my family dog. He doesn’t live with us of course, but we love this little fellow 🙂

I used Photoshop to ‘magnetic lasso’ the two of us out of these photos, taken by the oh-so-awesome RHM Photography crew:

Wedding Photo Wedding Photo

I carefully traced and cropped us out. Then turned us into silhouetted shapes by simply dyeing everything black. Then I messed with the background colors, added another layer with a damask look for some texture and arranged each photo into a 4 x 6, 7 x 5 and 8 x 10 canvas as shown:

DIY silhouette project

I thought the 8 x 10 might look a little better with a matted look so I created a white sort of frame within my canvas and used bevel and emboss settings to add some depth to the faux matte. Then I printed and voila!

DIY silhouettes

Then my lovely assistant Andrew cut the silhouettes out and framed them for me to create the finished product.

DIY silhouettes

Now…where to hang them?? Most likely in the office because we’re still in the process of getting that room fully decorated. Stay with us to find out where these DIY silhouettes end up!


 

‘Tis the Season to be Crafty

Since Hurricane/Superstorm (whatever you want to call it) Sandy, our posts have been very limited. As everyone knows, my car was damaged during the storm, so we have been running around dealing with that. Now that my car is back in action and things are calming down (just in time for the holidays), we’re ready to get back to blogging! Two major things here:

  1. I love Pinterest (follow me)!
  2. Everything I make, eat, do lately is from Pinterest.

Thus, we get some awesome crafts like the DIY yarn wrapped wreath. You saw it a few months ago when I created my fall-themed DIY yarn wreath. It was so easy and I think it came out looking pretty great. Many of our readers loved it too, so of course I had to make one for Christmas! Here is another quick run down on the steps.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own DIY yarn wreath:

  1. Your choice of yarn colors (you could do this for any season, but we’re doing fall right now)!
  2. Foam wreath
  3. Flower accents (the original tutorial ‘DIY’d’ the flowers, but I just snagged these pre-made ones at Michael’s)
  4. Scissors
  5. Hot glue gun

Supplies for DIY yarn wrapped wreath

You start by simply wrapping yarn around the foam wreath. Start with one color and continue your pattern all the way around, keeping each color about 2 – 3 inches apart. You could use any amount of colors, but I opted for three.

DIY yarn wreath from Fresh Nest Blog

To transition from one color to another, I just tied the one color onto the next to make a little knot and proceeded to wrap.

Once you’ve made it all the way around the wreath, tuck the last strand of yarn somewhere or glue it down for reinforcement. Then, just use a bit of hot glue to add your flower accents and you’re all set!

Same exact instructions for the fall-themed version, however, this time I used Christmas colors and Christmas accents. I opted for a nice little pine/frosted berry arrangement, plus some little gold poinsettias.

DIY Christmas wreath

Aside from crafting, we’ve been decorating for the holidays as well. Andrew took care of the outside lights and I am usually the Executive Director of all things tree-related (I take after my Mother, the original “Tree Nazi”). There was just one thing missing…a tree topper! We’ve used various ornaments in the past to top the tree, but this time we wanted an actual star. Until we get a larger tree down the road, we can’t really do a large, lit topper. Thus, we opted for this $1!! topper from target. I think it’s just what the tree doctor ordered 🙂

Christmas tree

How-To: DIY Yarn Wreath

Since fall is our favorite season, I love pinning great DIY projects and crafts on Pinterest! Through my Pinterest travels, I discovered an easy DIY yarn wreath project from Bullfrogs and Bulldogs (love the name)! I figured this would be easy enough, so I gathered the few items required – yarn, foam wreath and flower accents – and got started right away. I was able to finish this in just an hour or so over the course of two evenings.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own DIY yarn wreath:

  1. Your choice of yarn colors (you could do this for any season, but we’re doing fall right now)!
  2. Foam wreath
  3. Flower accents (the original tutorial ‘DIY’d’ the flowers, but I just snagged these pre-made ones at Michael’s)
  4. Scissors
  5. Hot glue gun

DIY Yarn Wreath

You start by simply wrapping yarn around the foam wreath. Start with one color and continue your pattern all the way around, keeping each color about 2 – 3 inches apart. You could use any amount of colors, but I opted for three.

DIY Yarn Wreath

To transition from one color to another, I just tied the one color onto the next to make a little knot and proceeded to wrap.

DIY Yarn Wreath

DIY Yarn Wreath

Once you’ve made it all the way around the wreath, tuck the last strand of yarn somewhere or glue it down for reinforcement. Then, just use a bit of hot glue to add your flower accents and you’re all set!

DIY Yarn Wreath

I chose fall-like colors so I could keep my wreath hanging right through Thanksgiving, but you could do a Halloween-inspired wreath or even start thinking about Christmas! This DIY yarn wreath was so easy and the results, in my opinion, are pretty professional – looks like something you’d pay a good amount of money for if you bought it pre-made.

DIY Yarn Wreath

Enjoy and stay tuned for other great DIY and home improvement projects from us!