How To: Silhouette Family Tree

Although cut-paper profile portraits known as silhouettes originated in 1700s France as an amusement for the royals, it won’t take a king’s ransom to make your own. Ours are cut from scrapbooking foam that costs just 2 bucks a sheet at crafts stores. Make the look super chic by pairing white foam and frames with a vivid background color. While you’re at it, wake up other decorating classics like the wall stencil. Choose a stencil with a tight motif like this floral to balance with the bold, simple silhouettes, and pick saturated colors with “visual weight” that equal your frame’s background. Next, add some teeth to the floor by painting short, staggered rows of stripes onto the back of a sheet-vinyl remnant. (See next slide for the silhouette how-to.)