Holiday Gift Idea

Here’s a special idea for holiday gifts; a hand-cut silhouette of your child.


We did this a couple of years ago when famed silhouette artist, Karl Johnson, came to San Diego.

No need to get the kids dressed up in anything special since the silhouette is just of their profile. As you can see, we ran to our appointment directly from a soccer game!


In just about 10 minutes, Karl snipped a perfect profile of my baby girl.




Karl’s work has been featured on The O List in Oprah Magazine and has appeared in more than 30 other magazines. Each silhouette is cut out entirely freehand. Karl simply looks at the subject’s profile (whether in person or from a photograph) and starts cutting their exact likeness out of black paper.


Every silhouette is an original, one of a kind work of art, signed by the artist that costs $30. Frames are available at an additional cost. One lucky Mom’s Guide reader will WIN a framed silhouette of her child to keep or give away as a gift!

To enter for your chance to win, simply comment below with whether you would like to visit Karl in person at one of this weekend’s events in La Jolla/UTC, Encinitas or if you would like to send him a photo and have the artwork mailed back to you.

This weekend’s Cut Arts Schedule is as follows:

Saturday December 3, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Pottery Barn Kids

4505 La Jolla Village Dr.

Westfield UTC

San Diego, CA 92122

Sunday December 4, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM PST

Magical Child

937 S. Coast Highway 101

Encinitas, CA 92024

Picking the winner this Friday so enter right now!

21 thoughts on “Holiday Gift Idea

  1. momsguide says:

    We have a winner! congrats to Lena Gustfson who will receive one framed silhouette of her child. Lena, please check your email for details. 🙂

  2. Jennie Newhouse says:

    Would love this for the grandparents!

  3. Jessica Curnutte says:

    I’d love to go in person!

  4. Lisa Cea says:

    Would love to mail him a picture!

  5. Julie White says:

    Wow his art is so classic…a beautiful keepsake!! Would love to visit in person!

  6. Allison Myers says:

    This would be amazing! A mailed photo would work best for us.

  7. I would love to visit him at one of his events. I gave my dad one of these when I was in kindergarten and I am pretty sure he still has it hanging in his garage somewhere.

  8. Courtnee Autagne says:

    These are so lovely! I would love to win one to gift! We could attend the UTC location and date.

  9. Fouzia says:

    Saturday!! 🙂 hoping to make it out with the toddler

  10. Devon F says:

    Love this! I would love to visit Karl in person at UTC or mail him a photo.

  11. What an amazing gift idea. I would like to go on Saturday.

  12. Dana crake says:

    I would love to go on sunday:) this would be do awesome! 🙂 thank you! 🙂

  13. Emily Mest says:

    So beautiful! I’d love to have one of these done of my twins. A picture would work best for us.

  14. Brandy Garner says:

    What a timeless gift! I may have to hang onto this one for myself, though. 😉
    I would prefer to send a photo, i think. We could meet at UTC, but it’s already a busy day with Daddy’s birthday and the OB Christmas parade. 🙂

  15. Malia says:

    Visiting my Grandmother this Christmas and it’ll be her first meeting with her youngest Great-grandchild. This would make such a great gift. I remember growing up and doing this, I wonder if she still has mine.


  16. Elizabeth Cabrera says:

    Oh I would love to have this done! My mom did this for me and my sister when we were little and loved her frame. I then did it when I had my first daughter and had it put in a pendant for my mom! Now that I have a second little girl, I have not had an opportunity to her silhouette done as well. I have been feeling awful because she’s already past the age my first was and I haven’t done it!! I would loooove to win this gift!

  17. Cyndi says:

    My mom still has the silhouette she had done when I was little. Love this timeless art! I can do UTC or have it mailed. 🙂

  18. Lena Gustafson says:

    That would be an awesome gift for my MIL! We would visit Karl in person at UTC. Thanks for the chance!

  19. Nora Tortorella says:

    I would be so honored to win one of these beautiful pieces of art! I would like to send in a picture.

  20. Nina Fleming says:

    I’d love to send a photo & receive one back of my 2.5 year old son! 🙂

  21. Donelle Anderson says:

    What a beautiful piece! I would LOVE to win one!!!

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