Guess Who Children’s Character Display


I was so inspired by other Children’s Librarians doing displays like this that I had to take it on myself! It’s such a great passive, interactive display for little ones and their parents. It gets kids talking and thinking. Plus, it’s easy to change and add to as needed!

I created the silhouettes by using the Silhouette Cameo die cutter. I uploaded an image of the character to the Silhouette Studio software, and went to the “Trace” tab. I dragged a rectangle around the character, unchecked “High Pass Filter,” and selected “Trace Outer Edge.”

arthur silhouette

Then I deleted the original image and was left with a beautiful outline for the machine to cut:

arthru outline

My coworker helped me out by mounting them on white cardstock and stapling them up to the board. They’re bright, big, and attention grabbing.

This month I decided to move the display to another branch, and add a few extra characters:


Here are some other librarians who have also blogged about this type of display:

  • Bunchlady’s Blog – this one is neat because it includes a contest. Kids can write down the names of the characters and enter to win a prize.
  • Jbrary – Don’t have a die cutter? That’s okay! Lindsey has detailed instructions on how to get the character outlines. And she gives you the resources for free because she’s a library superhero.
  • Risking Failure – I love that she used black staples to blend in with the images! Also it’s all Seuss themed, which makes it extra special.

Which characters should I add next?

2 thoughts on “Guess Who Children’s Character Display

  1. Thank you for the great idea! I will be using it as a stress relief during our couple of weeks of standardized testing, so grateful!

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