i know there are lots of silhouette projects out there these days, but i thought i could add one more to the mix. this portrait is made of super thin balsa wood that you can cut like paper, and the frame is made from decorative molding. the molding comes untreated in different widths and patterns and cuts very easily, so you could actually use this method to make your own custom frames for things too if you wanted! click here for the full post and step-by-step instructions- happy crafting! -kate
[ps: lisa’s second guest blog post for today is now live!]
Kate’s Wooden Portrait
What You’ll Need:
1. thin balsa wood sheet (available at craft stores, i used a 6″ x 36″ sheet)
4. different shades of wood stain
5. foam brushes for stain
6. decorative molding (available at hardware stores like home depot. comes in 8′ length)
7. wood glue
8. mitre box and saw
9. measuring tape
1. Decide the dimensions of your frame. Unless you can find a bigger sheet of balsa wood, one dimension should be a little less than 6″ so you can fit the balsa wood in the frame. I made mine 6″ x 8″
2. Mark the measurements on the back of the decorative wood, adding twice the width of your molding to each side’s measurement so you can angle the sides and they will be the right dimensions.
3. Cut each piece on your mitre box.
4. Once you have all four sides, use the 45 degree angle to cut two opposing angle on each end of each side so they will fit together.
5. Use the wood glue to glue all sides together. Tape and let dry overnight.
6. Print your silhouette and blow up to the desired size. Cut out silhouette.
7. Trace silhouette onto the balsa sheet and carefully cut it out.
8. Measure and cut out the background rectangle for your silhouette.
9. Stain everything. You will want to use a darker stain for the silhouette than the background. Let dry.
10. Glue your silhouette to the center of the rectangle.
11. Glue the piece into the back of the frame.