DIY Silhouettes From Jason Loper

DIY Silhouettes From Jason Loper

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Sarah Rae Smith
Nov 25, 2009

A few months ago we featured the beautifully structured bohemian home of Jason Loper. His place is filled to the brim with fabulous DIY tricks and tips, but we are still thinking about the family portrait silhouettes behind his sofa. They're an easy DIY project for the holiday weekend. Jason shares how it's done after the jump.

Before we start, if you haven't had a chance, or would like the refresher, check out the tour of Jason and Michael's space. Go for the bed with built in storage and stay for the all chalkboard kitchen.

Here's what Jason has to say on his DIY wall art:

"To start we used frames and the backing paper from IKEA. The silhouettes were created the old fashioned way — we taped a piece of paper to the wall, shined a lamp on each of us, traced the shadow, cut it out, and that's about it. Initially I made the project harder than it needed to be — I thought I'd take a profile photo of each of us and then create the silhouette in Photoshop. Then I thought, "Wait, people have been making silhouettes FOREVER! Why do I need a computer for this?!"


Since Jason used frames of identical shape and size, it makes hanging easy, try measuring things out before starting to nail to make sure things are straight and level. This project would also work well with mismatched frames from a thrift store or stray clearance finds from your local big box stores. Hang them in a grouping, or even in the style of a family tree. No matter what you decide works best with your budget, they're a great way to add a little bit of you back into your spaces!

Thanks Jason!

Sale Alert: Make sure if you're in the Chicago area you stop by Jason's storefront, Zola Jones, over the holiday weekend as he'll be taking a very un-big box approach with his handmade bags and having a Balloons and Bubbly Black Friday sale. Have a mimosa and pop a ballon with $5-$25 off any of his creations!

(Images: Jason Loper)

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