Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Back to School Project

I was fiddling around with the first project for Grade One today. The theme for the year at school is "You are the Light of the World...Shine"

So this is the concept I'm working on.

My plan is to take photos of each of the kids striking some sort of pose... these are some of my kids from this summer.

I cropped them and then converted them to black and white with high contrast. I then printed them off....for school I think I'll use 8x10 for a larger poster.

If it is hard to see your outline you can trace over it with a black marker to define your cutting line.

Cut out...for Grade One I'll cut them out ahead of time.

If you turn them over you can get a good idea what they are going to look like.

Now you need some contact can pick this up at Wal mart or Home Depot. You want the repositionable one so you can remove it easily.

It cost me $4.99 for a 9 ft. roll.

Take a bit off the roll and lay down on a flat surface. I taped it down to stop it from rolling back up.

Now you can put a little bit of tape on your onto the back of the contact paper and trace out.

Cut out.

Remove backing and place into position on paper...because its repositionable you can move it around if you need to.
Rub with your finger to make sure all the edges are firmly secured.

Start painting.....I started with yellow

continue painting radiating outward.

Let dry.

Remove contact can keep this cutout to use over again if you wish. Store them on a piece of wax paper.

Here I was trying out different ideas...

I decided labelling them with each child's name which they could fill in with black sharpie.

I added the original cut out and the words "you shine"....I also added the year by my son's raised fist but I did this after I took the pictures

I still fiddling a bit with it...hope to post the bulletion board display when completed.
see you later


  1. Like it!!
    Thanks for the step by step directions.

  2. I love this! Your tutorials are always the best. You have some wonderful ideas to share.

    Best wishes for Back to School.

  3. What a great idea. I like the end product. It's fun and not too cheesy like some school projects.

  4. Aww, I love this! I'm totally in awe of all these amazing projects you come up with. I'll be linking.

  5. Jimmie, Deb, Bri: Thanks for your great comments!
    Inna D.: Thanks so much for your awards, I really appreciate it but I am somewhat notorious for not passing these your blog by the way!
    Rachel: Thanks for the link.
    take care everyone

  6. This is a great idea! And I LOVE this site! Thanks for your generosity!

  7. I did this with my students for their year-end memory book covers. They turned out great! Thanks for the great instructions!

  8. Thanks for the silhouette idea - I incorporated the idea into a family landscape project - and had several requests for more. check it out

  9. this is really a great idea! was looking for something that incorporated the kid's names and these turn out so well. The older ones can add more details. Thanks for sharing!