At some point in high school, I came to own the book Perfect Pairs. It's an adorable little picture book with stars from black and white films. Immediately, I knew I couldn't keep all of these wonderful images pent up in this book, so, knowing I would find some way to display them, I cut out my favorites as silhouettes. I ended up arranging them on canvases as a collage multiple times, but never liked anything enough to glue it down.
Fast forward 7 or 8 years. I had carried these cutouts with me for years in one craft box or another... I was an art major after all, so I have quite a collection of these boxes.
Sometime between snagging 75 cent "damaged" (or charming, character-filled) frames from Hobby Lobby's clearance section and coming across these cutouts, I was struck with an idea to put the two together. Knowing I would need a little splash of color, I decided to put scrapbook paper behind the images.
Besides the intricate gold frame below on the left (which my brother picked up for me at a junk shop), I estimate that this project cost me around $10 total.
This project is ridiculously cheap and an incredibly easy way to fill up wall space with multiple small frames. And I can say, after years of carrying around these movie star scraps, I couldn't be happier with how they ended up being displayed.
You could really cut out silhouettes of anything you like, including black paper into shapes or pictures you took yourself. Have fun making your own silhouette art on the cheap!