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:

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Image via Etsy shop SignsToLiveBy

“Bride and Groom” signs:

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Image via Etsy shop OurHobbyToYourHome

And finally, silhouette signs:

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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.

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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:

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 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.

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

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

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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?

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Mrs. Waterfall

Location:
Montreal
Wedding Date:
June 2013

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    msbicycle 718 posts, Busy bee @ 10:30 am

    WOW! This is impressive!

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    Jen041815 624 posts, Busy bee @ 11:06 am

    Gorgeous! How will you attach the ribbon to these?

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    lac125 104 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:08 am

    I’m usually not a fan of the silhouette, but those came out so great!

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    mswaterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:15 am

    @Miss Bicycle: Thank you! I actually suprised myself with how amazing they came out :) everyone loved them at the wedding :)
    @Jen041815: I attached thin ribbon to the little loops you can see on the top of the plaques and tied them to the bars of the Chiavaris chairs!
    @lac125: Thank you!

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    missgoldfish 454 posts, Helper bee @ 11:33 am

    This is very impressive! Awesome DIY!

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    shaynapunim 654 posts, Busy bee @ 11:38 am

    These look amazing! Congrats! :D

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    MrsFutureG 1696 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:38 am

    It’s times like this I wish I wasn’t the DIY-ageddon.

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    JujuBear 47 posts, Newbee @ 11:58 am

    Love it!

    PS: when are you actually getting married? Because your biography says June 2013 and we are already in July…

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    mswaterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:18 pm

    @MissGoldFish: @shaynapunim: thanks!!!
    @MrsFutureG:hahaha
    @JujuBear: Thank you! And I just got married, there should be a post about it tomorrow, I believe ;)

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    zacg777 48 posts, Newbee @ 2:26 pm

    These look great. I made signs for our chairs which I LOVED but i forgot to tell anyone to put them on the chairs I think. Either that or they did get put on and I just didn’t notice (or have photographic proof!). Make sure you get a picture!

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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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    mswaterfall 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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