When Life Gives You Lemons, Make A Weird Giraffe Silhouette Painting


Some of you may remember that around two months ago, I made the ridiculous decision to stop watching so much television. This resulted in me doing all sorts of crazy things like making fancy water, reading a book and leaving my apartment. At one point I was even fully convinced that I had become Martha Stewart and attempted to make string art by jamming around eight thousand nails, in the shape of a giraffe, into reinforced cardboard planks . It didn’t work out, yet when you’re as resourceful and determined as I am, out of control DIY projects are rarely scrapped all together. That would be admitting that you weren’t in some way, better than everyone else at doing crafts. So what do you do?

Make Silhouette Paintings With Your Leftover Stencils!


This is fairly simple. First thing you want to do is go online and find a silhouette of an animal you like. I chose an elephant to compliment my giraffe. I happen to be an incredibly gifted artist, so I drew this free hand from the images I saw on the screen but if you’re not as talented as I am when it comes to drawing figures that could be used to teach a toddler what different animals look like, by all means, print them out.


Next paint your background. I chose a sunset because they’re easy to blend and make sense behind an elephant and a giraffe.


 Use acrylic paints in warm colors.


I mixed in some metallic paints from my solid gold collection to give a shimmery appearance.


Once your finished blending your background, trace the stencil over it. I cut out the tusks so that the colors would show through.


Fill in with black paint and voila!


Beautiful wall art to add to your Africa Room! I think I must be a genius sometimes.

Wait, you don’t have an Africa room?

  • http://the-dame.com The Dame Intl

    Awesome, this lady who’s farm I volunteered on in South Africa last year does similar work but uses beads to create the outline of her figurines, hopefully this link will work: https://www.facebook.com/lydenrust.guestfarm/media_set?set=a.434415533259710.103732.100000738018100&type=3

    • Kelly

      Gorgeous! She is also an incredibly gifted artist. Maybe even more so than me.

  • http://charter Oma

    to my incredible gifted Granddaughter,( I’m so pleased you’re not conceited) I love your Wall Art! If you need some more
    Elephant’s, for your Africa room, let me know. Come to think, you need a bigger Apartment for your future projects,. A Cat
    Room next??? love you.

  • Michelle

    I’m glad to see that project didn’t wind up in your junk drawer=)

  • http://smallanimaltalk.com Anne

    It could have all gone horribly wrong, but it looks fantastic! Does this mean you will theme your other rooms with different continents?

    • Kelly

      Haha! Yes. I need to put an extension on the apartment to include and Australia room with boomerangs, a cooler full of fosters and a man playing a didgereedoo. What would an America room look like?

  • http://smallanimaltalk.com Anne

    Well…you could do a plaster of paris Mount Rushmore installation, lay some Twinkies, Oreos and Cinnabuns artfully on a plate and have “Born in the USA” on repeat? But I also feel like Dolly Parton should be involved somehow. Oh, and some Captain America paraphenalia?

  • Kelly

    Oh it’s perfect! I love the outsiders perspective especially since it’s nearly spot on to what I would say. I think Bruce Willis should be in a perpetual state of rigging explosives as well.

  • Philip

    Cool! You are very creative

  • http://www.velvetlists.blogspot.com Velvet Barentine

    Ok this is really very cute…and a tutorial even! You are truly the next Ms. Stewart….get working on your wedding book…that is where the money is! Seriously though, you inspire me to finish one of my thousand craft projects. I will get on it! But not that string art thing-that is for pro level crafters who can make beaded jewelry without the beads flying everywhere and getting pumped out of their dogs’ stomachs. So, basically not me..lol.

  • http://www.chimerikal.com Erika

    This is pretty awesome, but I’m 100% sure that if I attempted it, it would look more like “pre-school down the street” than “Africa.” :) It looks really good by you, though!