DIY Dog Silhouette Wall Art

Calling all dog moms and dads! Easily turn pics of your pups into eye-catching art that you or any pet-lover on your gift list will treasure.

DIY Dog Silhouettes

DIY Dog Silhouettes

Calling all dog moms and dads! Immortalize your pup's super cuteness with an easy-to-craft Victorian-style silhouette.

Photo by: Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Materials Needed

  • silhouette photos of your pups, printed out
  • small wooden wall frame
  • decorative paper (gift wrap or card stock)
  • white card stock
  • X-Acto knife
  • glue stick
  • permanent marker
  • brass ring hanger (check in the framing area of your local craft or hardware store)
  • self-healing cutting mat
  • window cleaner and paper towel

Print Photos of Your Pups

Position your furkid against a solid-colored background and snap a photo (your phone will work fine) that clearly captures the outline of their head and shoulders. Print photos onto standard copier paper, enlarging them if necessary to fit your desired frame. Tip: I placed a white board near a floor-to-ceiling window, positioned my pups, and waited till they were looking out the window to take their pics.

Photo by: Sarah Busby

Sarah Busby

Attach to Card Stock

Use a glue stick to back your printed photo with white card stock. Tip: If, like me, your photos printed close to the paper's edge, position the card stock to allow a bit more room for cutting out your pup's shoulders.

Photo by: Sarah Busby

Sarah Busby

Cut Out

Using a self-healing mat and X-Acto knife, cut out your pup's silhouette, being sure to include the physical characteristics (curly fur, long or short nose, erect ears, etc.) that make your furkid the cutest. Note: If necessary, continue the line of your dog's chest and shoulders with a pencil before cutting out.

Photo by: Sarah Busby

Sarah Busby

Attach to Decorative Paper and Personalize

Pretty patterned paper will create a colorful background for your pup's silhouette. Using a glue stick, give the photo side of your cut-out a solid coat (Image 1), then flip over and attach to the center of the printed paper so just the white card stock side is now visible. In one corner, add their name or the date with a permanent marker (Image 2).

Frame + Add Ring Hanger

Using the glass that came with your frame as a template, mark, then cut the decorative paper to size (Image 1). Clean and replace the glass, then pop the finished silhouette in the frame and use the included tabs to seal it up. Find the center top of the frame, then carefully twist the brass ring hanger into the wood (Image 2). Tip: It may be helpful to make a small hole first with an awl or nail.

Display or Gift

To hang, just tap a small nail through the ring hanger (Images 1 and 2). These sweet framed images also make great Mother's Day, Father's Day, birthday or Christmas gifts for all the dog lovers in your life.

Next Up

How to Make a Scratch-Off Card for Father's Day

Give Dad a break this year with a DIY scratch-off lotto-style card with prizes like breakfast in bed, a free pass from mowing the lawn and a car wash.

Homemade Christmas Cookies for Dogs Recipe

No pups on the naughty list here! Santa knows that all dogs are nice year-round, so they deserve a special homemade holiday treat. Chicken broth and sweet potato give these cut-out cookies the flavor of a holiday dinner, while nutritional yeast gives them cheesy flavor without adding any dairy products.

Endlessly Customizable Layered Cheesecake Bars

Just one pan of these 3-in-1 cheesecake bars will fill your entire dessert tray or a Christmas tin for gifting. Get creative by swapping in your own fillings and toppings, or use our easy guide for the season’s most tempting flavors: Cookies ‘n Cream, Peppermint Patty and Pecan Pie. They all come from one pan and the variety is sure to please a crowd.

Gift or Enjoy: Endlessly Customizble Christmas Shortbread Cookies Recipe

Whether you're gifting them or serving them at a holiday party, we'll help you fill your Christmas cookie tray with ease. We’ve formulated one easy shortbread dough to be the base for three different cookie flavors. Cranberry-Orange and Toffee-Chocolate Chip are enticing and holiday appropriate, while Smoked Cheddar-Jalapeño offers an unexpected savory bite. Whatever their favorite flavor — this sweet or savory shortbread cookie recipe promises something for everyone.

How to Make a Christmas Cat Spinner Wand

In all of the gifting during the holidays, don't forget about your furry friends. This holly-themed cat toy is easy to make and will encourage hours of playful interaction.

5 Cute + Easy Mother's Day Cards to Make

Make Mom one of these adorable handmade cards with materials you likely already have for an easy last-minute gift idea.

Valentine's Day Craft: Heart-Shaped Window Clings

Entertain and delight the kids with this Valentine's Day stained-glass window cling project.

Make This Easy-to-Sew Spider Hand Puppet for Halloween

No sewing machine is required for this darling spider hand puppet!

Make This Mother's Day Cocktail Gift Basket

Whip up a floral-inspired gift basket that’s as easy to assemble as it is to enjoy. Plus, this blackberry simple syrup recipe will easily become your seasonal go-to.

How to Make Giant Gift Bows

A larger-than-life gift deserves a larger-than-life bow. Learn how to make giant gift bows for big gifts or for holiday decorating — all you need is scissors and duct tape.

What's New in Handmade


House Hunters

1pm | 12c

House Hunters

1:30pm | 12:30c

House Hunters

2:30pm | 1:30c

House Hunters

3:30pm | 2:30c

House Hunters

4:30pm | 3:30c

House Hunters

5:30pm | 4:30c

House Hunters

6:30pm | 5:30c

House Hunters

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight
8pm | 7c
8:30pm | 7:30c

House Hunters

11pm | 10c

House Hunters

11:31pm | 10:31c

House Hunters

2:31am | 1:31c
3am | 2c
3:30am | 2:30c

House Hunters

4:30am | 3:30c

House Hunters

5:30am | 4:30c

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.