DIY Silhouette Chair Signs

Alternate title: “Silhouette, Gentille Silhouette”

Chair signs are all over Pinterest and I knew that it was a project that I could very easily DIY, so I bought two wooden plaques at the dollar store and forgot about them for a long time.

There are three main kinds of chair signs.

There are “Mr. & Mrs.” signs:


Image via Etsy shop SignsToLiveBy

“Bride and Groom” signs:


Image via Etsy shop OurHobbyToYourHome

And finally, silhouette signs:


Image via 100 Layer Cake / Photography by Olivia Leigh

I decided to go with the silhouettes, even though I figured they would be much harder to make than the other two, but I liked that they were different and fun.

I started off by painting the plaques with some white acrylic paint. To achieve better coverage, I gave the wood a few coats using a pouncer instead of a brush, to avoid rough brush strokes.


Now, I’m not crazy enough to do actual silhouettes of me and Mr. Waterfall, though if you wanted to, there are a million tutorials on how to do it. Instead, I simply searched for silhouette clip art online and tried to choose two that looked most like us. One thing I really wanted was for my silhouette to have her hair down because I never wear my hair in a chignon.

After I found two silhouettes that I liked, I saved them on my computer and played around with their sizing until I was happy with them. I printed the pictures out on my printer and, using an HB pencil, blackened their backsides and taped them down where I wanted them:



 Once I had the picture taped down, I traced my way around with a pencil; once I removed the taped picture, I had an outline on the wood. At that point, I was able to start working my way around with a fine-tip Sharpie.



After this point, I filled in the rest with a thicker Sharpie, making sure to work in small, even strokes.


I repeated the steps for the second silhouette, finished it off with a coat of clear varnish, and voila!


I just have to attach some ribbon, but these babies are good to go! I’m so pleased with them! Total cost: $2!

Have you been pleasantly surprised with how a DIY project turned out?


Mrs. Waterfall

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June 2013
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    JujuBear 47 posts, Newbee @ 2:41 pm

    @miss_waterfall: Congratulations! Hope you had an amazing day! :)

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    solsticedark 254 posts, Helper bee @ 3:00 pm

    Those look gorgous!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:45 pm

    Love how these turned out!

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    gotsol 46 posts, Newbee @ 12:57 am

    Awesome DIY!

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:05 am

    These turned out amazingly well!

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:29 am

    @zacg777: aw, what a shame! I almost forgot to bring them to the venue, but remembered at the last minute. I actually attached these myself since the room was set up a few days in advance :) Our awesome coordinator made sure to tell the photogs to get pictures, so I hope they did!

    @solsticedark: @Mrs. Pony: @gotsol: @Blonde17Jess: Thanks very much everyone :)

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    yuletide 58 posts, Worker bee @ 1:15 am

    Awesome DIY!

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    Mrs. Rubber Stamps 821 posts, Busy bee @ 10:38 am

    You did a fabulous job!!

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