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How to Make Your Own Shadow Portraits

Shadow portraits are a great fun activity for many ages! We had lots of fun making our portraits and I love how gorgeous and unique they turned out.

We taped a large piece of watercolor paper (we used 18"x24") to a wall (or glass door in our case) using masking tape. We then set up a little Ikea table lamp a few feet away pointing at the paper and positioned ourselves in front of the paper. We had to kind of shuffle and make sure we were positioned correctly to have a crisp line and fit well in the paper.

Then we traced the outlines of our shadows with a pencil. Then we took down the portrait and painted it with water colors.

And here are the finished pieces!

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