See? Totally cute! And I finished 5 in just a couple of hours (due to drying time).
I've fallen in love with this fabric from Michael Miller. It is the red Dainty Damask fabric. I have decided that if you have some really outstanding fabric or scrapbook paper, your project is going to be a success! You really don't have to do much to make it great. K.I.S.S.
I started with wood disks from Hobby Lobby. I painted them up and let them dry. I used the circles to trace onto my fabric. I cut inside my line to make my fabric circle smaller than my wood circles. Then, I Mod Podged the fabric circles onto the wood circles. (You could totally use pretty scrapbook paper if you don't do fabric.)
Use your favorite way of capturing your silhouettes. I had my kids stand sideways in front of a window. I printed the pictures out on regular paper, the size I wanted them. I just penciled in the bottom of the silhouettes...I liked a little curve at the bottom. I cut the paper pictures out and positioned them over the decoupage circles. Using transfer paper, I traced around the images. You could totally just cut them out of black paper if your cutting skills are up to snuff. If you are not a skilled cutter, or your scissors are dull as a butter knife, you can paint it on as I did. If you find your paint hard to work with, water it down a little so it flows more easily. Coat it with a sealer or more decoupage medium.
Add an eye-hook and string it with some ribbon.
I tied some ribbon that I had used for other ornaments on my tree.
I just love how they turned out. I also painted the names and year on the back so we can always remember;)
Something I am thankful for a husband that works to support us. Our insurance is particularly important to us. Although we are currently fighting with them, we would go under for sure without it. Thanks honey for taking care of us.
A few of you have asked about attaching the eye hook on the top. First, I had to buy them from the hardware store. Second, I did use a little hand tool that made a teeny pilot hole in the wood before I screwed in the hook. I used to be a nail technician a zillion years ago. I had this little tool that I used at the end of acrylic nails to add a hole to hang charms from. Funny, right? I'm not sure that people do that anymore. But in the past when I was putting eye hooks into wood, I would use a teeeeeny drill bit to drill a pilot hole first. Then I would have an easier time screwing in the eye hook. If you are strong (like my husband) you may be able to screw the eye hook into the wood without much trouble and without an eye hook. Hope that helps! Let me know if you still have questions.