I have a super unique, super cute project to share with you today! This is one design that has endless possibilities. Mix, match, and customize to your heart’s content, with my die cut family portrait set.
It’s my family! My husband, myself, and our three kiddos.
When I showed this to my oldest son, and he remarked on the fact that his brother was smiling, and that isn’t a very accurate depiction of him. I told him that this is our idillic family portrait, so I opted for everyone smiling rather than his brother scowling and his sister crying.
I actually got the idea for this project from my sister’s boyfriend. For her birthday, he wanted to give her something that reminded her of her family. So, he commissioned me to make a papercraft portrait of her with our parents and all our siblings.
With twelve people in total to make, it was quite an undertaking, but super fun! To reflect our Hawaiian heritage, he had me dress everyone in tropical shirts and dresses. I also make flower leis, kukui nut necklaces, and maile leis for everyone to wear.
After that project, making just five people for my own family seemed like a breeze!
For this set, I simplified things a little bit to make it more universal (sorry, no Hawaiian apparel). But there are still plenty of fun ways to make it unique!
Included in the set are:
- 1 standard body shape
- 3 different face shapes
- 10 different hairstyles
- 7 different shirts
So, you can mix and match to fit your family’s personality! And, of course, you can use different paper colors/patterns to customize your look even more.
Note: I just used colored pencil to draw the faces. And if I messed up, I got a second chance by flipping the paper over (I may have had to do that once or twice). I recommend drawing the faces on before attaching the rest of your pieces together!
Also, for reference, I used a 9″x9″ shadow box for this project, and scaled down the kids to slightly as well as trimmed the length of their bodies to fit nicely in the frame.
I use Adobe Illustrator for all of my designs, and a Cricut Maker to bring my creations to life. For tips on creating fun paper cuts like this one, see the FAQ section on my website. Also, be sure to check out the other die cut freebies available on my blog!
With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I can’t think of a cuter, more personal gift than this!
Enjoy putting this die cut family portrait set to good use. And don’t forget to share your adorable finished product with me on Instagram!
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