The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


July 31, 2013

Those Who Can, Do (Those Who Can’t, Craft)

Simply ‘A-Mason’ jar recycling projects


Framed Family Silhouettes

Difficulty Rating: Moderate

Most homes are adorned with all kinds of family portraits, these photographs being among some of our most cherished possessions. But if you’re looking for something new and crafty to spice up your walls, these framed silhouettes would be a fanciful detail that any DIY enthusiast will love. Each member of the family can shine on their own jar. Include grandparents, godparents, cousins, even pets — whichever members make your family special. And once you trace everyone's silhouettes, save those files on your computer. You can use them repeatedly in the future for a variety of craft projects.


Digital camera

Inkjet printer

X-Acto knife

Cutting mat

Butcher paper

Decoupage glue

Half-pint-size Mason jars

Spray paint

Craft tweezers


Velvet ribbon

Super glue


Large rustic frame

Teacup hooks

Paint brush

1. First make silhouettes of each of your family members. The easiest way to accomplish this is by taking a picture of each person in profile. Upload those pictures to your computer. Use photoediting software like Adobe Photoshop to trace around the outline of each person. In Photoshop, use the lasso tool to do this. After tracing, fill in the outlines with a solid color and then lay them out on separate pages for printing. Size each profile to about 2 x 2 3/4 inches. This size is ideal for half-pint Mason jars.

2. Print your silhouettes. Use an X-Acto knife with a sharp blade to carefully cut out each family member’s profile. Do your work on a cutting mat.

3. Turn over your silhouettes and lay them out on butcher paper. Brush on a coat of decoupage glue with a paint brush.

4. Remove the metal bands and lids from the jars. Center each silhouette on a Mason jar. Firmly press the paper so that it adheres to the glass.

5. Space out the Mason jars on butcher paper. Use one or more colors of spray paint to coat the jars. Allow the paint to dry before proceeding.

6. Use your X-Acto knife and craft tweezers to carefully pull up the paper silhouettes.

7. If any paint has seeped underneath the paper, you can scratch it away with an X-Acto knife to clean up the edges.

8. Cut a strip of ribbon for each jar. For this example, the ribbons were 10 inches in length, but this will vary based on your specific frame. Notch out a triangle from each end of the ribbon.

9. Super-glue each end of the ribbon to opposite sides of the Mason jar. Hold the ribbon in place for a minute while the glue dries. Repeat this for each jar. Super glue can often take a full 24 hours to fully adhere.

10. Figure out placement of the jars within the length of the frame. With a pencil, mark the center point of each jar along the inner edge of the frame.

11. Screw in a teacup hook at each center point.

12. Hang the Mason jars from the teacup hooks. Prop up or hang the frame in your home.

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