silhouette plates

For Christmas last year my husband bought me a roll of this chalkboard contact paper. To some that might seem like a weird gift to get from their sweetie but I loved his thoughtfulness knowing I would find something fun to do with it.

I have had the idea for ages to make silhouettes with it but had been sitting on it for awhile. It wasn't until a few weeks ago when we welcomed our fourth baby that I suddenly felt the urge to make these. Feeling like a completed family now I have loved looking at this little corner of our house admiring the sweet silhouettes of the ones I love most.

These are super easy and super inexpensive  I used up all the fun thrifted plates I have had in my stash and completed the entire set in just a few hours.


black contact paper (mine is chalkboard contact paper)
tracing paper
photos (printed on typing paper is fine)
plate hangers for displaying

First I took a photo of each family member with my phone and then emailed the photos to myself and put them into a word document sizing them the same. I then printed out the pictures and cut each silhouette out.

Trace each picture out onto the tracing paper and if you want you can even flip the picture over before tracing it if you need the silhouette to face the opposite direction. I did that with two of my pictures to give the finished ones variety.

Once you trace the silhouette staple the tracing paper to a piece of the contact paper and then cut it out using the tracing paper as a stencil. 

When your finished all you have to do is stick the silhouette onto the plate, add the plate hanger and display on your wall. The silhouettes are completely removable when your ready for a new look or an updated version of the kids as they grow!

Happy crafting everyone!


  1. This is a wonderful idea.

  2. So creative. I would've never thought to do that with chalboard paper! And I love the color palette of your collection of plates. Lovely!

  3. LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! This makes me want to go thrifting for plates. What a great idea. Thank you so much for sharing this. It's so nice meeting you.

  4. I like that they are removable for those ever growing babes...a brilliant idea!

  5. That is so adorable! I love it!

  6. beautiful! Such a great project, and I too like that the faces are removable for future updates.

  7. such a great idea! i just made silhouettes of my kiddos, too! ;)

  8. My MIL loves silhouette and plates...this is a fantastic idea as a gift for her! So happy to have found this!

  9. this is so cool, love IT! Thanks for showing it to us:)

  10. beautiful! those plates are similar to a wall idea I have for our dining room, but so far I can't find the proper tools to hang my plates! where did you find your plate hangers??