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You can create your own Self Replica Silhouette for under 10 dollars.This project can be completed in under 2 hours and some of the materials you may already have at home.

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  • How to make a wall decal. Self Wall Silhouette - Step 1
    Step 1

    Pixlr.com is a convenient online editing tool. Go to this program to crop your image. This prevents printing unnecessary empty areas.

  • How to make a wall decal. Self Wall Silhouette - Step 2
    Step 2

    Select "Launch web app" to go into the editor

  • How to make a wall decal. Self Wall Silhouette - Step 3
    Step 3

    Crop as close to the edge of your subject. After you have finished cropping your image select: File > Save as

  • How to make a wall decal. Self Wall Silhouette - Step 4
    Step 4

    Using posterizer.online will split your image into segments so that you can have a large size image as a result.

  • How to make a wall decal. Self Wall Silhouette - Step 5
    Step 5

    Setting your image to 5 x 5 and bigger will give you a realistic size object if you are printing it on A4 size paper. If you are able to print in A3, I would recommend setting it to 4 x 4 and higher. Save as pdf

  • How to make a wall decal. Self Wall Silhouette - Step 6
    Step 6

    Print out your pdf version in black and white, draft mode. The paper will be discarded eventually so you don't have to worry about printing it in good quality. (Tip: You can set your printer to only print the areas that your subject is including in.) Make sure that the papers are aligned properly with each other and tape the pieces together.

  • How to make a wall decal. Self Wall Silhouette - Step 7
    Step 7

    Cut around your image. This will be used to create an outline on the cardboard.

  • How to make a wall decal. Self Wall Silhouette - Step 8
    Step 8

    If the cardboard is not big enough to fit your subject, you can attach an additional piece to it. To hold them together, stick another smaller piece of cardboard over them with the glue stick.

  • How to make a wall decal. Self Wall Silhouette - Step 9
    Step 9

    Turn over the cardboard and outline your subject on it. Cut out the piece of cardboard with a safety knife

  • How to make a wall decal. Self Wall Silhouette - Step 10
    Step 10

    Apply newspaper over the subject. Make sure to apply glue all over the cardboard so that it sticks without bubbles. When applying the newspaper make sure that you leave about 3 cm around the subject.

  • How to make a wall decal. Self Wall Silhouette - Step 11
    Step 11

    Tearing is a nice method which prevents sharp lines from showing at the end of your project. Do this before applying every piece of newspaper

  • How to make a wall decal. Self Wall Silhouette - Step 12
    Step 12

    When you are finished cut around your subject. Don't forget to leave more than 3 sm around it

  • How to make a wall decal. Self Wall Silhouette - Step 13
    Step 13

    Create slits in the newspaper to prevent bulking for the next step.

  • How to make a wall decal. Self Wall Silhouette - Step 14
    Step 14

    When mixing the paste. use half of the white glue and half water. It's best to start small and if you need more mix again.

  • How to make a wall decal. Self Wall Silhouette - Step 15
    Step 15

    Apply glue to the cardboard. Fold the newspaper over the cardboard and secure it by applying another layer of glue over it. When you are finished with this procedure, turn over your subject.

  • How to make a wall decal. Self Wall Silhouette - Step 16
    Step 16

    Apply the primer spray paint in a well-ventilated area. Using a primer before applying the black paint ensures better adhesion on the subject. It also increases durability and hides the newspaper from showing.

  • How to make a wall decal. Self Wall Silhouette - Step 17
    Step 17

    Next, apply the black spray paint

  • How to make a wall decal. Self Wall Silhouette - Step 18
    Step 18

    You can leave your subject completely black or add a pop of colour. I used acrylic paint for this. When you are done, apply the double sided tape on the back of your subject. It is best to apply it closer to the edge of your subject so that you can easily remove it with the safety knife.

  • How to make a wall decal. Self Wall Silhouette - Step 19
    Step 19

    I hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial. If you have any problems with understanding the steps, don't hesitate to leave a comment or send a message.

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