Cultural Craft for Kids: French silhouette

May 1, 2013

To make this craft with your kids, download the French silhouette template here from Cultural Care Au Pair.


May 8th is French Liberation Day which celebrates the country’s liberation at the end of World War II. This is an important holiday for the French—much like our own Fourth of July! To celebrate—we encourage you to try a French craft that’s easy and fun to do with kids. The term silhouette comes from Étienne de Silhouette who was a French finance minister known for his austerity.

Silhouettes were inexpensive and popular forms of portraiture in the 18th century in France and beyond, and the name is still used today. And with Mother’s Day coming up, a framed silhouette of the kids makes a great and inexpensive Mother’s Day gift with sentimental value.  Below are the directions to make your own French silhouette!


  • French silhouette template (download here)
  • Photo of subject’s side profile
  • Scissors or Xacto knife
  • Tracing paper
  • Glue stick or spray mount
  • Stapler
  • Black and contrasting sheets of paper

Print out the photo in the size you would like the end silhouette to be. Use your tracing paper to trace around the profile of your person, including all the interesting details. Staple your tracing to the black paper and cut your silhouette out of the two sheets, using scissors or an Xacto knife. Mount your black silhouette to a contrasting sheet of paper.


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