Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Cameo Silhouette Necklace Display {TUTORIAL}

A while back I was in Hallmark, during shopping day with my sisters.
In the front, behind the registers they had these large cameo silhouette cutouts! I thought they were gorgeous and thought they would make a great photography prop for displaying the necklaces I make! I mentioned them to my sisters and was saying how I wished I could buy them. And thats when Alea said, 'Why? You could probably make that yourself..'

First off.. Why is it always that someone else has to TELL me that before I ever think of it myself?? HAHA I was like, yeah I guess you're right, I probably could. I just have no idea how I would.
Well my friends, I'd been thinking about it ever since, and finally figured out how I would do it. Check out how mine turned out:

I'll let you know ahead of time, this was a lot harder than I thought it would be! The foam poster board is VERY hard to cut, and to get clean lines. Which is partly good because it means its sturdy, which is what I wanted and why I chose that to use. But I just didnt expect it to be so hard to cut!
Anyways.. here is a quick tutorial on how I created this lovely cameo silhouette necklace display.

These are the supplies needed:

~Foam Poster board
I bought mine at walmart for about 5 dollars!
And then I kicked myself because a few hours later when
I was at the dollar tree, I found some there too!
 ~Pen or pencil
~Sketch or blank computer paper
 ~X-acto knife!

Here is what I did.
I sketched out a couple pretty feminine silhouettes on some computer
paper. I pretty much just sketched until I liked how it looked.

I cut out the sketches, then lightly taped the back of them to the foam poster board.

Traced around my sketches

At first I began cutting it with my regular craft scissors... 
they worked for about the first cut and that was it!
So then I tried using my kitchen scissors... 
but the foam board was just so hard to maneuver!
I eventually ended up using a sharp paring knife over a cutting mat.
This was still difficult, but easier with getting a more precise cut.
So I would recomend an X-acto knife. I HAD one, but the hubs used
it for something and I never saw it again! :( So after this
I ran out to the store to get one, I ended up using it on the second 
silhouette I cut out and it worked so much better!

At the neck of the silhouette I cut two slits on the side for the necklaces.

Next thing I did was cut a long triangle-ish kinda  shape out
to use for the stand.

This is where the glue gun comes in.
Slightly bend the top skinny part of the triangle and mess around with
it until you get a good idea of how it will stand and keep the silhouette up.
Then when the placement is just right, glue it in place above the bend.
This is the view from the back:

This is the side view:

Here is an up close of the silhouette..
so you can see how rough the cutting was.
But pulled back you don't notice so much, and it still looks great!

Over all Im really happy with how it turned out!
Its the perfect, necklace display for taking photos of my necklaces
to list in the Boutique!

Its so lovely!

So here is the second silhouette I cut out using an X-acto knife.
The lines are a lot cleaner, and it was super easy to cut.

What do you think?
This would even be a totally cute necklace display just
to have in your room, to display the necklace you want to wear for
the day... I may even put a small hole around where an ear should
be so I can display an earring? Who knows... :)


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  1. What a great idea. I love Silhouettes. Found you at the Tip Junkie. I am following you now!!

  2. LOVE it!!


  3. VERY cute idea. I wonder if sand paper could smooth out the edges.

  4. Oh wow, that is awesome. I LOVE the second one best, the pony tail is so cute, and obviously the lines are much cleaner, and you can def tell.

    I know that your pics will be so cute with your new displays.

    Great tutorial girl, I'm adding this to my pinterest board--- NEED TO TRY THIS!!

    Thanks Maria!!

    Hugs, Bella :)

  5. Love it! Great idea. I think I need one of those.

    Jeanna @ dramaqueenseams.blogspot.com

  6. I am so doing this! And if you don't link this up this week I will be offended for all those who don't get to see it. J/K!

  7. This would be great out of mdf as well! I believe there is some sort of "heated wire tool" made for cutting foam core, if I remember correctly. Might speed up the process and give you those clean lines you're looking for. Thanks for the great ideas! <3

  8. What a cute idea. I like both of your designs!

  9. this is such a great idea!! thanks for the awesome tutorial...this is definitely going on my to do list! i would love it if you came over and visited my blog!

  10. What a super cute idea! Thank you for sharing this at the Weekend Warrior Link Party. :)


  11. What a great idea! thanks for sharing! We are featuring this today, votation also starts today. Have a nice weekend!

  12. Lovely!!! So pretty!


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