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:
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?