Make an Animal Silhouette Growth Chart
- online animal silhouettes
- inkjet or laser printer
- graph paper
- measuring tape
- drywall square
- 8' x 4' sheet of 1/4" sanded plywood
- 1/2" drill bit
- orbital sander
- 120-grit paper
- pre-positioned animal silhouette template
- Velcro or mounting squares
Download animal silhouette template and print.
Make Silhouettes to Scale
Lay out and scale each animal using basic document-editing software to fit onto a single sheet of paper. Print with inkjet or laser printer. Note: Each animal should be on its own full sheet of paper.
Transfer to Graph Paper
Lay each animal silhouette print under a sheet of graph paper and carefully trace with a pencil. The image should span about 35-40 lines vertically on the graph paper and about 14-18 lines from side to side. This will translate into a 70-80" tall by 28-36" wide image on the plywood.
Set Up Plywood
Use a drywall square to make a 2-inch grid on a full piece of 1/4-inch sanded plywood, lightly marking vertical and horizontal lines with a pencil.
Place Animals Onto Plywood
Referring to the drawing made on the graph paper, start at the bottom edge of the plywood graph, then draw the image by copying the angle and curvature of the pencil line in each box. Tip: To create proper sizing and evenness of lines, make sure that the lines drawn intersect with the grid lines at the same point and angle on the plywood as the paper.
Drill Holes Around Image
After the entire image is drawn onto the plywood and it matches the image on the graph paper, use a 1/2-inch drill bit to make a hole in each section that is secluded from the outside edges of the plywood. Note: Be sure not to drill too closely to the drawing, and not to mistakenly drill through the part of the image you want to keep.
Cut the Silhouette
Using a jigsaw, carefully cut along the outside lines of the silhouette, starting at the bottom then working your way up each side to the top of the image. Use the holes drilled inside the sections to cut out the remaining parts of the plywood, leaving you with a wooden cutout of your printed silhouettes.
Use an orbital sander with 120-grit paper to sand the edges and surface of the plywood cutout.
Paint and Hang
Using a paintbrush, paint the cutout to desired color scheme. Allow at least 4 hours for paint to cure before hanging on wall with Velcro or mounting squares.