Spring is finally here (even if no one told the weather).  After spending the weekend in rural Virginia with my gaggle of college girlfriends, I arrived back in Chicago to discover that my boyfriend had deep cleaned our entire apartmentWow, am I a lucky gal or what?

There’s something so…irresistible…about all those clean counter tops.

Vast swaths of space just pleading to be covered in bits of fabric and scraps of paper.  So what could I do?  I wasn’t home 5 minutes before I dove into a full-fledged crafting frenzy.

Well, I’m pretty pleased with the little something I came up with.  So pleased, in fact, that I shared it with my newsletter subscribers in the form of a neat tutorial!  It got such a warm reception, that I can’t help but share the crafty goodness with you too!

I’m always brainstorming new ways to bring color and originality into my home.  So when I found myself with an extra thick gallery wood frame and a stack of patterned scrap-booking paper, I immediately got to work making a two-toned pet silhouette for my wall.

I just can’t get enough of these simple, vibrant shapes.  I feel like this Great Dane is ready to cuddle up on my couch and take a nap.

This project takes all of 15 minutes to make, but it’s a super fun way to capture your pet and add an unexpected splash of color to an otherwise plain corner.

Ready to get crafting?

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • An 8″x10″ frame.  I got this one on sale for just a few bucks and it worked perfectly!  It was nice and thick so it could be hung on a wall or could stand up on a small table.
  • A ruler
  • Transfer paper or a graphite pencil
  • Scissors or an exacto knife
  • a glue stick
  • A digital picture of your dog from the side.  You can really use any photo, just make sure your pet has a well-defined shape that will translate well to a pure silhouette.

Step 1: Print out the picture of your dog, making sure his form is about 5-6 inches tall.  You can do this by inserting the picture into a word document, right clicking on the picture and then selecting “size”.  Then you can specify exactly how big you want the picture to be.  You can print it on cheap paper in black and white (you’re going to cut it up anyway!)

Step 2: Use the transfer paper to trace the silhouette of the image onto the back of the paper for the dog shape.  If you don’t have transfer paper, use your pencil to cover the back of the printed photo with a layer of graphite, then tape the photo (facing you) to the backside of the paper.  Then use a ballpoint pen to trace the silhouette of the dog-shape.  That shape should then appear in graphite on the back on the scrapbook paper.

Step 3: Use scissors or an exacto knife to cut out the silhouette.  Take your time and keep those edges clean!

Step 4: Cut the background paper to 8″x10″.  Carefully glue the dog silhouette shape into the center.  Insert it into the frame, and voila!  You have some bright new wall candy!


Hi there! I'll be taking maternity leave during the summer of 2018. If you'd like a pet portrait during this time, feel free to drop me a note (awillsie@gmail.com) and I'll let you know as soon as I'm back to the studio. Thanks! Dismiss