A Modern Family Portrait

I love seeing the various prints that artists/Etsians sell on Etsy- especially when they have to do with family, love or pets. A seller that comes to mind immediately is Nella Designs.

She offers custom work as well as stock prints that are oh-so-cute.

My most favorite though is a new Etsian- ishootnouns

Her prints are around the $18.00 mark, but being that we’re saving up to buy a house and all, I wanted to save money, yet have a family silhouette print of our own.

Remember this frame?


I bought it for $4 at a local antique (ok, junktique) store. I had thought about making it into a chalkboard or a memo board, but one day, inspiration hit and I ended up with something way more fabulous and chic.

I looked around my house and computer for awhile, and I saw this picture from our engagement pic session:


And I also found a picture of my dear Pee Wee…which I now accidentally deleted from my phone.

Then I got to work in Photoshop and created some silhouettes (took me about 15 minutes at most). Add in some black spray paint + some metallic silver spray paint and you have this beauty.





All the materials I had on hand, so the grand total was $4. The floral print I sanded down a bit and spray paint black to make it look like a mat around the image. The image is printed on plain white cardstock on my laser printer. Not too bad for less than an hours worth of work, huh?

I look forward to hanging this piece in our future home…maybe in this spot.


This post is linked up at The DIY Show-Off. :o)



  1. Kara
    August 31, 2010 / 12:31 pm

    WAY cute- I love it! 🙂

  2. Aitch
    September 3, 2010 / 8:29 pm


  3. Nancy W
    October 28, 2010 / 8:04 pm

    AWEsome job! I am so going to do this!! thanks and hugs from Conroe, TX!

  4. Housewife in Training
    April 13, 2013 / 4:10 pm

    If that frame is like a plastic-y material, I found the EXACT one with a similar picture in it (mine was a lady with a pink hat) at a rummage sale the other day…but I paid $22! 🙁 Love this idea, thanks!!