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Silhouette Wall Art

Dress up your walls with this super-simple project using paint and plywood.


Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Circular saw or jigsaw
  • Straightedge
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil
  • Scissors


  • 15/32 x 2 x 2 sanded pine plywood
  • Valspar Spring Meadow 6006-7C

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Step 1

Cut plywood to desired size (one piece can be cut into four 12-in x12-in squares).

Step 2

Take a photo of your model's profile against a lightly colored background and print in the size you would like.

Step 3


Cut out the silhouette, tape it to the plywood, and trace around it with a pencil.

Step 4


Paint carefully around the outline on the outside of the profile. We used high-gloss black paint.

Display the finished silhouette by nailing a self-leveling hanger to the back or placing it on a floating shelf. Black is the traditional color for silhouettes, but you can use any medium to dark color that matches your decor.