Easy DIY Wall Art: Custom Pet Silhouettes

DIY silhouette dog paintingThis post comes from guest blogger Danielle Benson, a Made + Remade Creative Genius and the creative force behind the blog DecorellaKnox.com.

When my husband and I were furnishing our new home, one of the most challenging items for us was finding large, customized, modern artwork to fill our walls. I needed to think of affordable ways to translate my warm but contemporary style into our new home. For this upcycled wall art, I was inspired by the antique design of children’s silhouettes from the 1920’s. Since I don’t have children, my beloved dogs, Mika and Brody, play the role of children in my life.


Step 1

 Open Galleryoriginal canvas for DIY artFirst, find a canvas for your new art piece. Any canvas of your desired size will do the trick. I found mine on clearance for $35 at a home décor store. Don’t be afraid to look for art at garage sales and thrift stores, too.

Step 2

 Open Galleryprint pictures of pets or childrenTake a profile photo of your desired subject (children, pets, home, etc.). Upload the photos and enlarge; I used Microsoft Publisher and changed the page set-up to be the size of my canvas. Then I enlarged the photos and printed the document on standard copy paper.

Step 3

 Open Gallerytape cutouts to canvasLike putting together a puzzle, place together and cut off the excess edges of your image and tape securely onto your canvas with double stick tape. The better you tape your copy paper, the crisper and more defined your object will be.

Step 4

 Open Gallerypaint over canvas and cutoutsPaint your canvas with spray paint or a roller brush. Let your canvas fully dry.

Step 5

 Open Galleryremove cutouts to reveal the silhouette

Remove the copy paper from your canvas to reveal the silhouettes of your pasted images.


  • Spray Paint (although you may also use a roller brush to apply paint)
  • Large painted or printed canvas
  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • Tape
About Kelly Smith Trimble 


I grow vegetables wherever I can find enough sunlight and forage roadsides and hiking trails for plants that can be used to make natural dyes. You can find both vintage ...

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4 Responses

  1. Seabreezn says:

    What a great gift idea !!!!!!!!! Thanxs

  2. Beverly Lambert says:

    Great idea..Love people who think outside the box and this is a great one. The background and the item pictures are limitless.

  3. Shaker9 says:

    Another thought would be to place the blown up pictures of your pets (or children) and decoupage them, leaving the image and background intact!

  4. Brenda says:

    What a great idea! I love it!

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