Wednesday, May 11, 2011

State Silhouette Tutorial

I've been wanting to do this project for some time now. I was inspired by some paintings that I came across on Etsy. And since my area of crafting expertise is paper, I thought I'd give it a try paper-style!

Here's what you'll need:

Pretty patterned cardstock
Black paper
Pink/red paper
Computer to print out the states/countries you've lived in

As you can see, I've lived in five places: California, France, Germany, Michigan and Texas!

STEP 1: Start by cutting out each state/country. (I don't have a picture of this step because both my hands were busy!)

STEP 2: Take each state/country and trace onto black cardstock. NOTE: I discovered after I did France that it's easier to trace it backwards, that way you won't have to erase all the pencil lines after you've cut it out!

STEP 3: Cut out all of your states/countries. For me, this was a lot of cutting!

STEP 4: Cut out some small hearts, one for each city you've lived in. I just grabbed some pink scrap paper for this. Feel free to cut the hearts out free-hand - little imperfections make it charming!

STEP 5: Cut your pretty cardstock paper to a size that fits your frame (in my case, 5x7)

STEP 6: Glue the hearts down on the cities, then glue the states/countries onto the patterned paper.

STEP 7: Hang it all up! I added a chalkboard frame in the middle with a cute saying. You could add a cute print, like this one... or this one!

STEP 8: Step back and admire your craftiness!!

So now whenever anyone asks me where I'm from, instead of giving them a fifteen minute answer, I can just invite them over to the house and show them!

A Crafty Soiree


  1. very cute!! so creative. :)

  2. What a great idea! Yeah for Michigan!!! :)

  3. What a fantastic idea. I would never thought of this. You think in paper I think in paint :)

  4. pretty cute :) love it...and you know I can relate.

  5. Such a cute idea!!!!!!! I love the black silhouettes

  6. SO cute Sarah!!!!! I love this! You are so crafty! xoxo

  7. Adorable result!!! Love this!!

  8. i love it! i'm SO gonna do it!

  9. This is so cute. I live a block from where I was born so I can't do me but thinking of adding this to family pictures to share in a creative way where my Gran, Grandad, etc. were born.

  10. Also would make really cute cards for Family stationed overseas.

  11. i love this! :D thanks so much for sharing.

  12. this is awesome!! YAY michigan!!! :D

  13. oh i love it! but you forgot to cut out the best state in the U.S. of A! Ohio!

  14. oh that's awesome! i saw pictures like that recently over pinterest as well. you did such a great job!

  15. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  16. Beautiful, original, fantastic! I love the way the piece in the middle ties it all together! So glad I saw your link-up over at "Yesterday on Tuesday"!

    New follower,
    Jenn/Rook No. 17

  17. I really love this idea. We've got some serious empty spaces to fill and this might help that dilemma. Thanks! :)

  18. These are so cute. These are great for Military families that are always moving (we call it PCSing which stands for Permanent Change of Station). TFS!! Stopping by from Who's Got Glam linky party.

    Here is the link I posted at the party: