Vintage Lady Silhouette Wall Art

Hi, my sweet friends!

Keeping up with decorating for little money, I’ll show you a cute wall art that cost nothing, as I used some materials I had on hand already.

To do this we will need the following:

– A piece of wood
– Printer
– Plain white paper
– Scissors
– Glue / latex / ModPodge (choose one)
– White paint and water (optional)

The first thing to do is to decide if you want natural or painted wood. I white washed it mine (white paint and 50% water) and let it dry.

Meanwhile, I looked for a silhouette I liked and I found this. I do not remember the source, so if anyone knows the author please let me know to give credit.

Vintage Lady Image

I printed it and cut out near the edges of the image. Then I applied ModPodge on to the printed side, the black one, and glued on wood.

Here it comes the hard part … wait. It must dry for at least 5 hours, so I usually do this at night and do not fall into temptation.

Once it’s completely dry, we moisten a cloth and rub the paper with. Little balls of paper will be coming off, and the image will be sharper. My recommendation is to rub a little and let dry. Rub a little and let dry again. Do this until you have a nice and clear image.

When no longer paper pulp comes out, you can wax the image and then varnish all to protect the whole piece, or just leave it unvarnished for a more rustic look.

You can check the tutorial on how to transfer on wood with pictures here.

Vintage Lady Silhouette Wall Art

What do you say? Isn’t it a nice touch for the house with hardly any cost?

Have a wonderful day!




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  1. sue says:

    I love your posts Pili they are so clever especially as I am hopeless at DIY. You inspire me. Thanks for sharing with us at #AnythingGoes.

    • Pili says:

      You’re right Christine, thrifty and easy, the kind of projects I love most! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Lissette says:

    That’s very interesting how you did that! So you basically transferred over the ink to the wood and took off all the paper. Neat trick! It looks really great. Thanks for sharing with the #FFBH. 🙂

    • Pili says:

      Yes, that’s basically how you do the transfer. And you can use anything to adhere the paper: paint, varnish, glue, ModPodge… anything you have on hand

  3. Aspen Jay says:

    Hi Pili,

    I really like how you kept it simple and what a neat method you used to transfer the image on the wood. Thanks for sharing at Talented Tuesday.

  4. Lisa B. says:

    Good Morning Pili!! Just popping in to let you know your post has been picked as a feature at the Welcome Home Wednesday Link Party! Stop by this morning to see your feature and link up! Don’t forget to grab your “Featured Button” too!

    • Pili says:

      Many thanks, Lisa!! I stopped by to link up and saw the feature!! So excited!! I placed the button proudly on my post 🙂

  5. Christine says:

    This is so very lovely, Pili! I want to redo a transfer I did awhile back and use this technique! I love using ModPodge! Thank you for sharing at #Omhgww! It’s always fun to see what you are up too, and it’s a pleasure too co-hosting with you! Have a beautiful week!

  6. Mimi says:

    Pili I love the olde worlde look of this project. So pretty. Thanks for sharing at Five Star Frou-Frou this week. Love, Mimi xxx

    • Pili says:

      Many thanks, Donna! I try to use what I have on hand most of the time. Glad to co-host with you, we’ll see soon at Two Uses Tuesday 🙂

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