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Easy DIY Presidents Silhouettes Decoration for the 4th of July

Decorating your home for any holiday is a great way to get into the spirit! Here is a fun, easy, and inexpensive presidents silhouettes craft that will dress up your festive 4th of July decorations. It is a great way to celebrate any patriotic holiday in your home or classroom.

presidents silhouettes craft

Most of us decorate with the colors we all know red, white, and blue, however, these presidents silhouettes are a special way to incorporate the reason we celebrate any patriotic holiday.

As I was decorating my home, I wanted something that isn’t usually displayed or truly remembered during this independence day holiday. I wanted to make a decoration that required little clean-up as well as paying a tribute to some of our U.S. founding fathers.

DIY Presidents Silhouettes Craft

While creating this cute inexpensive patriotic decoration, I also thought that it could be used for multiple patriotic holidays serving multiple purposes such as flag day, memorial day, President's day, and independence day just to name a few.

With the 4th of July just around the corner, this simple DIY presidential silhouette craft is a great way to spice up any area in your home. The three profile portraits we will be showing you today are Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson.

We cannot wait to share with you this tutorial on how to create your own presidential silhouette showcasing your founding fathers of choice.

DIY Presidents Silhouettes Supplies

Before you start your president silhouette craft, here are a list of supplies you will need in order to create your own DIY president silhouette.

Most of these supply items are in your home already. If there are any supplies you might be lacking for this project, you can find most of these at Michaels, Office Depot, Joann fabrics, Home Depot or Lowes. Now let’s get started in creating your president silhouette!

DIY President Silhouette Steps

Step 1: Cut Wood Blocks

The first step to making your wooden profile portrait boxes is cutting your 2 x 4 piece of wood into squares. We made ours on a smaller scale, however, you can cut them to fit your desired length.

Cut 2 x 4 into a square for presidential silhouette to sit on.

Step 2: Sanding

Secondly, sand all sides of your square to make it a smooth surface. You will then take your tack cloth or damp paper towel to remove any of the grit left over from sanding.

Sand wood block for silhouette of presidents

Step 3: Paint Block of Wood

Next, you will paint all sides of your square with chalk paint. As you wait for the paint to dry, you will use your printer to download and print your U.S. president silhouette free printable.

Painted wood block for president silhouettes

Step 4: Print Presidential Silhouette Free Printable

To get access to this free print all you have to do is subscribe to my newsletter.  Once you have subscribed you will receive another email with a link to another page that holds all my free printables.

This clip art is under the American patriotic section.

Step 5: Cut Out the Silhouette

Once you have downloaded the face profiles onto cardstock simply cut around the edges.  I find it is easiest to do this by cutting close first then moving the paper around while cutting into the fine details.

Cut out the president profiles

Be patient on this step.  The more detailed your cuts the better the silhouette turns out.

Step 6: Distress the Painted Blocks

After the paint has dried and you have completed the application of the silhouette on cardstock, you will sand the edges and distress the painted blocks.

Distress the wood with a sander to apply president silhouettes

I did this simply by running the sander over different spots to remove some of all the paint. You can use a glaze if desired but it is not needed for this particular craft.

Step 7: Decoupaging President Profiles

Next use a sponge brush and apply decoupage on the back of the us president.

Apply decoupage to the back of the president head

Then brush decoupage on one side of the wood block. 

Brush decoupage on a painted wood block for silhouette

Next, adhere the silhouette to the block and press down on the center and edges in order to smooth out any bubbles. You will then apply decoupage on top of the silhouette and the face of the block.

Adding decoupage to the top of a president silhouette patriotic decoration

Step 8: Finishing Touches

Finally, you will let it dry. You will notice there are darker areas. When the decoupage is dry those spots will go away.

George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson silhouette craft

Once your craft is complete decorate with them in your home, holiday party, classroom, homeschool room by hanging them or sitting them on a table.


Here are a few fun places you can decorate with your president profile blocks.  You can hang them on the wall one at a time or attach them to a piece of twine or ribbon kind of like I did in this Mother’s day flower printable DIY.  But my favorite is to stack them and sit them in an accessory ensemble.

Presidents silhouette decorations

They would also look amazing paired with other patriotic decorations like this pennant banner I placed over the top of my hutch and the Betsy Ross American flag.

Patriotic decorations of presidents of America

I also love to use them on my bookcases in my dining area.

President silhouette decoration DIY

Stack some books and then place George, Lincoln and Thomas varying them at different heights. This is such a fun patriotic decorations!

To see more photos of these bookcases check out my vintage patriotic decorations post.

I have so many more homemade patriotic decor ideas using red, white, and blue and I also have a pennant banner template that you can print out and make for your hutch.  It is very easy to make.

I mentioned in the beginning that this would be cute for classrooms and homeschool rooms. Well, what a fun way to decorate your room or make it as a craft for Presidents day or any patriotic holiday. And it would make a great gift for a social studies teacher or American history buff.

If you're interested in learning more about decoupage, check out my post How to Decoupage: The Art of Achieving a Classic Painted Look.

I hope you have enjoyed this do-it-yourself craft and I cannot wait to hear where you used these patriotic decorations.

Happy Decorating!

president silhouettes craft

Easy DIY Presidents Silhouettes Decoration

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Decorating your home for any holiday is a great way to get into the spirit! Here is a fun, easy, and inexpensive presidents silhouettes craft that will dress up your festive decorations. It is a great way to celebrate any patriotic holiday in your home or classroom.




  1. Cut 2 x 4 into a square.
  2. Sand the wood smooth
  3. Remove grit with tack cloth or damp paper towel
  4. Paint block with paint
  5. Download and print silhouette (subscribe to Life on Summerhill to get access to the free printable president silhouettes)
  6. Cut out the presidential silhouettes
  7. Brush decoupage on back of silhouette
  8. Apply decoupage onto face of block
  9. Place silhouette to the block and smooth out bubbles
  10. Brush decoupage on top of silhouette
  11. Allow to dry to touch

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