Tutorial: Kitty Silhouettes

You might have noticed by now that we really like our cats.  A lot.  So of course I couldn’t resist immortalizing their little kitty silhouettes.

The contrast of the colorful lined paper against the black background gives these silhouettes a slightly modern spin on the traditional silhouette.

We hung them in the bathroom between the laundry room and my office, as this space has been designated the “cat room” – all their cat goodies are corralled in one place which makes me a very happy girl.

Did you spy the birdcage shower curtain?  I thought it was appropriate for our little kitties’ room.  :)

Anyhoo, here’s how you can make your own graphic silhouettes {cats or people, whatever floats your boat}.

1.  Assemble the supplies. You don’t need much for this project {and it’s super cheap!}:

~ printout of your subject, blown up to the size of your choice {I just printed out pics of the kitties in black & white from my computer}

~ frame of your choice {w/mat}  {I used a Ribba frame from Ikea}

~ feature paper in the color/design of your choice {I used a graphic, multicolored lined craft paper}

~ background paper in color of your choice {I wanted to do black but I didn’t have any black construction paper so I just printed out a black page on my computer.  That’s the lazy girl’s way.}

~ pencil

~ exacto knife

~ double-sided tape or spray adhesive or glue stick

~ self-healing mat (optional)

{ Yes, I actually used pictures of the same cat – I didn’t have a good shot of our fat kitty!  Shhh, don’t tell him… }

2.  Cut and trace and cut some more. First you’ll want to cut around your subject, using your exacto knife.

Then place your cut out on the back side of your feature paper and trace around the cut out.  Remember that the cut out should be facing the opposite direction of the way you want the final result to be.  {Also, be sure to make sure that any pattern is running the way you want it to.}

3.  Put it all together. Glue or tape your cut out in the center of the background paper, and then assemble everything together inside the frame.

Now they’re ready to hang!

{You might have noticed that I changed the position of the cat’s tail in the final cut out.  The best time to make such a change is when you’re tracing the cut out onto your feature paper.  Just draw and erase until everything looks right.}

Have you gotten hooked on the silhouette trend?  I think they’re awesome, and they definitely add a little more pizazz to the space – and who couldn’t use a little personalized art of their favorite pets?

This post is shared with A Soft Place to Land, Reinvented, A Silly Little Sparrow, Today’s Creative Blog, and Tip Junkie.

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  1. Cher says:

    Such a clever idea!! Stopping by from the Tip Junkie Community! Have a great week!
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  2. christy says:

    Wow this is such a fun, personal art project! I love it! I want to do this of Dublin the black lab this weekend! Great tutorial Liz! And by the way, that bathroom looks fabulous! Love the sink and the shower curtain!
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  3. kathy says:

    what a fun project! the silhouettes turned out nicely and i love the craft paper that was used. nice touch to the “kitty” room!

  4. Joan says:

    You are such a fox! I never in 983475 years would have thought of this. You gave a wonderful, user friendly tutorial. Great job!

  5. What a lovely presented blog. Your cat silhouettes are great.

    I cut my silhouettes freehand but there are not many who do so in the UK. To see some of my examples go to my blog: http://www.silhouettecutting.com

  6. Irene R says:

    Beautiful and inventfully creative. I am saving this post for future reference.
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  7. Kaity says:

    I just wanted to thank you for the inspiration and for your tutorial. I recently made some for our cat, Woods, and your instructions made it oh so easy!

    Here is a link to the project (with a link crediting your blog in the text of the post) if you would like to check it out:


    Thanks again!