Sunday, May 9, 2010

Bedroom Makeover Part 3 – Dog Silhouettes

The third part of my daughter’s bedroom makeover features a simple DIY project – dog silhouettes. Silhouettes in various forms have been shown numerous times all across the blogging world for three simple reasons – they are inexpensive, easy to make, and look great with almost any decor.
Besides keeping costs down, another goal of this project was to include my daughter’s ideas in the design of the space. She was the client and my job was to make a room she liked. She had two specifications - pink and dogs. Knowing a themed space would grow tiresome quickly and not wanting to venture into the “pink puppy” world, the silhouettes were a great compromise.

What I did:
The first step in this project was painting the picture frames pink. My initial attempt didn’t work out quite right – the paint looked too neon. I adjusted to color by adding some brown to tone the pink down to the right color.
After painting and sealing the frames, the next step was creating the silhouettes. I searched the internet for pictures of dogs which would have recognizable outlines. This process was a great way to involve my daughter as she told me what types of dogs she liked. We selected and printed out four pictures.
After cutting out the images, we used a white crayon to trace the outlines of the dogs onto black cardstock.
The images were cut and glued onto white paper. (It is hard to tell from the pictures but the white paper has tiny ridges for added texture.)
We assembled the frames and hung the pictures. Simple, quick and easy!
Supplies:
The four frames and supplies were purchased at AC Moore for less than $60.
Picture frames
Paint
Black paper
Scissors
Glue
White paper
White crayon

In case you missed it, here are some previous posts highlighting other projects in my daughter’s bedroom redo:
Dressing table redo
Bulletin board project
Marble top night stand
Ceiling embellishment

Linking up to some of these parties

65 comments:

gina3 said...

I love that idea about the dog sillouettes. I have wanted to figure out a way to uniquely incorporate our dogs into our artwork in the house. I didn't want typical pictures so this is a great idea I think I will try!

Sandy said...

Wonderful ideal! You have done a beautiful job on the room. Thanks for sharing all your creativity.
Sandy

Jane@Little House of Projects said...

Hey! These are adorable. I have to admit that since I don't have any kids I treat my dog, Bubba like a person. He's got his own decorated "room" in a portion of my craft room/office. These will be a perfect addition to his decor. Thanks so much for sharing!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

That is great, your inexpensive project looks like it cost hundreds of dollars! It would be fun if I could take a silhouette pic of my cat and do the same thing HUMM you got me thinking!

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

I love these! They'd look adorable in my daughter's room. Thanks for the inspiration! :-)

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

What a great idea! I haven't been able to get my grandchildren to sit long enough for me to get a profile. Maybe my dog will sit still so I can make this project!

DesignTies said...

I love your dog silhouettes!! What a great way to create your own artwork :-)

The bright pink frames contrast so nicely against the cream walls, and I love that chandelier.

Your daughter's a lucky girl to have such a pretty bedroom :-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

Peg @ Bloomfield Farm said...

What a cute idea! I have always loved silhouettes. This might be fun to try.

Mrs. P. said...

What a wonderful project. I simply love silhouettes and you've made them look very simple indeed :)

Blessings!
Gail

Pine Tree Home said...

What a great idea. You could use this on any object that you like. They look so cute and I bet would cost mucho bucks in the store.

Grannys Attic said...

That room is looking really good! I love everything you have done so far. My granddaughter loves PINK will share this with her tomorrow. She also has a poddle!
Blessings, Vicky

Holly said...

That is adorable. My son has a friend who is obsessed with dogs...she woudl love this...I see this as a birthday present in her future! Really fun idea.

mishebe said...

what a great idea.. love doggies..

kim said...

The dog silhouettes was such a good idea. I love them in the pink frames!

Leslie said...

Great job! I love silhouettes! If I ever get my butt in gear, I am going to make a wagon and bike silhouette for my little guy's room. I love the dogs - I may have to do one of those as well!

Rory from Tools Are For Women Too! said...

These are great! Our animal friends are like family members. What a nice way to honor all the unconditional love they give us. Rory

Ms. Bake-it said...

What a great idea! I like how they look in the pink frames.

~ Tracy

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I love it!!! And classy as well.

AM from White House, Black Shutters said...

Perfect for a girls' room, while still looking just a bit grown-up. The pink adds the perfect touch. I love this project, great job!

Haverford House said...

Two things I love ~ dogs and silhouttes! This is a great project - thanks for the great tutorial! ~Marcy

The Autocrat: Haley said...

Oh I love this!!! I have two big pictures of my bull terriers (the Target dog) in my craft room, but I sure am going to have to do this too!!

kayce hughes said...

Great idea!

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

So cute and clever and a daily reminder of doggy friends. Good idea.

becca said...

thanks for the great tutorial. i will be adding this to my craft to-do list immediately.

Stephanie Lynn said...

What a fabulous job. These are simply adorable! Love the red frames. Great tutorial! Thanks for stopping by and joining the Sunday Showcase! I greatly appreciate it. Hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Lisa said...

How cute! I've actually been thinking about doing something similar with my cat's silhouette. How lucky that your daughter has such a cute & beautiful room!

burlap+blue said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE! these are so lovely!

Maridith @ Strictly Homemade said...

This is a wonderful idea!! I am working on my son's bedroom and I bought 3 red frames at a yard sale for $3.00 I was not sure what I was going to put in there until now. WONDERFUL. Thank you so much for sharing. This looks fabulous!!

Lara Harris said...

SO love this!!

Stephanie Lynn said...

Hello! Just wanted to let you know I'll be featuring your Framed Doggies today. Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

What a great tutorial. Easy to follow! I love the doggies too.

Sharon said...

so cute

Carmen said...

This is seriously a cute idea! Love!

Suzanne said...

Such a cute idea. Love the bright frames too!

Kim @ seven thirty three said...

Super cute.

Thanks for linking up with Sugar & Spice.

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

What a great idea... LOVE the black and red... great pop!

Boxwood Terrace said...

These are so adorable! Thanks for sharing your ideas!
Deborah

Pink and Polka Dot said...

cute! i've been wanting to do a silhouette of our beagle! thanks for the inspiration!

Kelee said...

Superb job Mom!

Excellent tutorial too. Daughter should learn a lot from your example...and know she is loved!

Thanks for stopping by too!

love, kelee

Libbie said...

These are adorable!!!! Thanks for sharing!

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

Those are cute, but not too cutesy! Perfect for that lovely room.

Thanks for sharing at My Backyard Eden!

Sandy said...

I so love a "White" home and your touches of Red are just wonderful!

Following today from "Tickled Pink"....

Sandy

http://thewondersofdoing.blogspot.com/

Rene @ cottage and vine said...

This is quite possibly the cutest thing I have ever seen! I love the frame color and the doggies are such a fun touch. Love it!!

The Starr Family said...

Honest to goodness, this is downright adorable. What a creative idea and it turned out fabulous. Thank you for sharing!

malia said...

great idea-- love it! visiting from tickled pink + will be your newest follower
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Sandra said...

I love it!

Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

this is just TOO CUTE. what an awesome idea!

FC88 said...

Thanks for sharing your creativity and I got so inspired reading them! Just love it!

Terra said...

I know someone who would love this project. I am off to share it with them!

Blessed Mommy of 2 said...

I literally had a friend ask me to make her a dog silhouette like a week ago! Thanks so much! They are adorable!

Liz said...

HOW CUTE! I am sooooooo doing this!
~Liz

flo-ry said...

very nice... i love the frames too! new follower here thru remodelaholic... follow back if you like:)

Molly @ The Creative Maven said...

I love your color scheme - especially that preppy striped rug :)

Tammy@ Not Just Paper and Glue said...

I love how you made the dog silhouettes. It was a great way to involve your daughter too :)

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Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh I adore your doggy delights! Well done.

Marie said...

Hello - I'm catching up from last week's Met Monday! I adore your doggie silhouettes. And the painted frames turned out so fabulous!

Thank you for sharing. I would love for you to come by for a visit! I'm having a giveaway til Friday.
http://emmacallsmemama.com/2010/05/bff-giveaway/

Blessings,
Marie

simplydesigning.blogspot.com said...

Oh these are done so well and classy! What an amazing little girl's room! Your daughter is so lucky!

Wherever did you find that cute chandelier?!

Thanks for linking up!!

Valerie said...

That is simply genious! I am having the same designing dilema with my girls and I think this would make a perfect compromise. Thanks for sharing!

I have filed this at thecraftersfilebox.com.

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Those are so cute!! Thanks for linking up!!!

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

So cute!~

Silver Strands said...

absolutely BEAUTIFUL!
that's all.
Denalee

Cheryl said...

This has such a high end catalog look - it's fab! Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday:)

robyn said...

WOW! YOU both have fabulous style! I am so in love with those silhouettes! I have a few doggie prints from GW that I'm going to use as art when we redo are bedroom but was trying to think of another "medium"to add. THANKS so very much for the inspiration! I ADORE your daughters room!

Edin's House said...

Dropping by from Maria's blog. I love your doggie silhouettes!! I think I'll give this a try myself and capture each of our pets in the same way. Thanks!
Victoria

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