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Silhouette Garland | Christmas Display Ideas

Silhouette Garland

Total Time Needed: 2-3 Hours

When visitors see this garland, they'll recognize the silhouettes as your children and feel special knowing that their names are included as important links in your holiday chain.


  • Felt (available off the bolt at fabric stores)
  • Tape
  • Chalk
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Pen


  1. To make each silhouette, start with a piece of felt (available off the bolt at fabric stores) a bit wider and longer than your child posed with her arm raised. Tape it to the wall (we used painter's masking tape to avoid wall damage).
  2. Have a child pose against the felt as if holding the garland. With a helper holding a flashlight a few feet away to create a shadow, use chalk to trace the silhouette.
  3. Remove the felt from the wall, cut out the figure, and tape it back onto the wall (we suggest sticking pieces of duct tape to the back of the felt and loops of painter's masking tape to the duct tape).
  4. Create a paper chain to reach from one felt kid to the other, with the names of family and friends written on the links, and tape it in place.


To adapt the garland for an only child, have the child pose twice; for bigger families, add more silhouettes to hold up the center of the chain.