tuTORIal: DIY Vintage Pop Silhouettes


Crafting is more than a hobby in our house. It’s a way of life! As you might recall, I even carry twine around in my purse. Ha ha. We love to craft together as a family. The kids and I usually craft together at least 2-3 times a week. I find it very therapeutic and the kids love it.

Today I have some exciting news to share with my fellow craftistas… I recently launched my very own {styled} by Tori Spelling line of jewelry making supplies with Jo-Ann Fabrics and Craft Stores. I am so excited to partner with Jo-Ann and even more excited about the special sweepstakes they are running to go along with it. One of you can win a trip for two to L.A. to craft with yours truly. It’s going to be a ton of fun and I can’t wait to get crafting. So make sure you enter.

But first, I wanted to share my Vintage Pop Silhouettes project that Jo-Ann Fabrics recently featured as a part of their Creativity Made Simple campaign. Check out this super cute (and easy!) project and then enter to win the trip to L.A. to craft with me at a Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft store.

What You Will Need:




  1. Take a profile photograph of your child and print it out on medium stock print paper
  2. Cut out the silhouette with scissors. Make sure to keep some nice details like wisps of hair or lashes to further personalize.
  3. Place the cutout on a piece of cardboard (or something you can paint on) and then paint black with a foam brush. Set aside to dry.
  4. Now paint your wood plaque in the color of your choice. 2-3 coats will be necessary for full coverage. Let dry. I took my kids to our local Jo-Ann store and they each chose the color they wanted for their silhouettes.
  5. Next apply mod podge to the back of your cut out and place it in the center of your wood plaque, making sure to flatten it out evenly. Make sure all edges are glued down.
  6. Once dry, apply mod podge in even vertical strokes over entire plaque. This will dry clear. Once dry, add more coats as needed.
  7. Mount on your wall and let your stylish DIY memories begin!

Voila! The finished product…


Are you going to try this tuTORIal? What color backgrounds would you choose?


  • Dustie

    I LOVE this! I am going to try it!! My 1st grade teacher did one similar to this of me way back in the day. My son just finished 1st grade, this is the perfect time to do one of him!!

  • MamaCarterof9

    Wow! These came out absolutely beautiful. I would love to make one of these for each of my kids to hang up on the wall going up our staircase to the second floor.

  • Cox Clan

    I love this!!!! I will definitely be doing this with 5 kids! And a great idea to share with my siblings as a future gift for grandpa and grandma gift!!

  • Randi

    Thinking of trying this with my fur kids.

  • desi

    These are so adorable! A good way to remember your child at this stage in life! Love it. My favorite color is the purple.

  • Ale Terrazas

    I looooveee it!! I will definetely will be doing this for summer!!

  • Christine

    So easy! Never really knew how these were done! Thanks for the great tutorial, Tori. And happy birthday to Stella. My daughter turns 5 on Saturday. I remember we both had our babies the same week via C-section. Where does the time go? :(

  • Jamie

    So cute and easy! Thanks for sharing, Tori! I will have to try this with my babies. :)

  • Jamie

    So cute and easy! Thanks for sharing with us, Tori! I will have to try this one with my 2 babies. I would probably use pink and green backgrounds since those are my kiddos favorite colors. :)

  • Nessa

    Oh my goodness what a cool idea! I was trying to come up with a fun Summer craft, this is perfect! We are totally doing this!
    And…I am super excited about the The Styled Sweeps. I just made my first piece (a bronze necklace) and I did enter the contest! I am keeping my fingers crossed that I get to be the lucky momma to come craft with you, T!!!

  • Rebecca

    Love it, Tori! I’m a graphic designer and I did the exact same thing for my three little ladies…but used photoshop to help :) Love the idea, though, both ways! My mother in law was like, “Are you really going to put those up in your formal living room?” And I said, “I sure am..” and now even she loves the look. A kickback to something so traditional, w/ a fresh and funky delivery. Yay!

  • Lory Ann @OurMasonsJar

    I definitely want to try this, with my son & my Pomeranian! Adorable! Would make a sentimental gift, also! I think I actually would use a white background then sprinkle with glitter! Thanks Tori! xo

  • Myeleah

    Wow did this ever bring back childhood memories!! I hadn’t thought of these in ages! This looks SO fun! (& easy & inexpensive…win/win/win!) There are so many options to use to make this uniquely your own! Thanks for the fun ideas, keep ’em coming! Happy crafting!

  • Courtney

    I’m going to do this with my friends kids as gifts for the parents! So cute

  • Judy Stock

    Just had my husband go to the store to get me supplies! I’m super excited to do this with my 5 kids tomorrow!!!!

  • tiffany

    Have been wanting to do this with my 4 but thought it was difficult. You make it easy.

  • Johnnie

    I keep trying to PIN the picture of the final product, but it keeps saying INVALID! :(

  • Antonia Sowash

    hmmm. I’m thinking doing one of my cat.

  • X-el

    so cute very good idea :)

  • J Hough

    My eldest’s fav color is yellow and my youngest’s fav is purple, so those would be our background colors, and we’re not talking pastels either, they go for the BOLD! Looks like a fun project for when I’m home on maternity leave with our 3rd this summer! Will def try.

  • Jayme Dowdy

    YES! I am finding my Mod Podge NOWWWWWWW! I remember doing this in 3rd Grade for Mothers Day. I am going to do it for my Hubs for Dad’s Day :) SO excited! Thanks for yet another fab idea!

  • Jayme Dowdy

    Ohhhh, and I’m thinking Blue, green, yellow in that order, kinda thinking of maybe making the colors kinda “melt” together. Can’t wait to post pics!

  • An-dorablelife

    Lovely idea for mother and daughter…!
    So cute..
    In my blog there many posts including my creations for art deco and kids room decoration..
    I do like black silhouettes in art deco
    kisses An

  • Emily Beebe

    how neat! and looks easy enough…totally trying this for our whole family!!

  • carolyn stertz

    what a cute idea! i would use all different tones of pink for mine as I hae all girls!

  • ga amy

    Started these today for my one year old boy/girl twins! What a great memento for all of us! Thanks for the idea!

  • karen yu

    OH,I want to make bracelet by myself.

  • Kat Hartwell

    I am totally doing this.. not just my kids.. me n my hubby too!!! it will awesome addition to our wall! will def post a pic on here or facebook once its complete!! AWESOME IDEA!!!! :)

  • lucy

    Dear friend it is almost two months now since i order a pregnancy spell cast on me by Dr Ekaka from the and which i started seeing changes on my body since the first week of last month and it two month and i am carrying my own baby in my warm i am so happy that i finally get pregnant after all i been through. All thanks be to Ekaka

  • Renate Uhl

    wow what awesome portraits.

  • marion gandon

    awesome !!! thanks for sharing Tori ! x

  • Jenny

    Tori, i love you even more after this craft! I have loves these for decades and never able to recreate them before! now with your instructions i m going to do it this weekend! thank you so much!xoxo

  • Deanna Ballentine

    I love this !!! Im going to make my little girls tomorrow :)
    Thanks Tori for another awesome idea !

  • Deanna Ballentine

    We made ours today & it turned out so CUTE !!