Free Social Media Icon Silhouettes and How to Use Them in

Free Social Media Icon Silhouettes and How to Use Them |

Creating social media icons for your site is SUPER important and SUPER easy! The more custom and cute, the better. And to make custom and cute, you need silhouettes (rather than already designed social media icons).

That’s usually the trickiest (or simply the most time consuming) part for me: finding all of the silhouettes I need, and they’re never all in one place. So why do we like silhouettes of social media icons better than pre-designed and ready-to-go social media icons? Because we can make them custom and cohesive with the rest of the site’s design.

You can reference this post for screen shots and visuals on creating your own social media icons. But in a nutshell, simply design the image you want behind your social media icon– it may be a circle, a square, a long bar (like mine, look up!), or maybe something more elaborate! And then lay the icon over the design. Most of the time, you’ll want to change the color of the icon to white. White is usually a nice overlay on the other colors you may have used. But in some instances, you may want the icon to be colored, and this is why the silhouettes need to be black. Black is the only color that will allow you to actually change colors in the color palette and display true colors.

Like so:

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[select YOUR OWN in overlays]

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[find the social media icon .png file saved on your desktop... scroll down to save files]

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[your icon will appear black, note color palette on the right]

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[adjust color of the icon by clicking in the color palette or pasting in the color code]

Again, if you’d like to see varieties of ways to style and code your social media icons, reference this post.

Today’s post isn’t so much about creating the icons as it is about giving you the tools to create them (teach a man to fish and all…). As I mentioned before, simply finding the silhouettes to use can be the most difficult part. So I’ve compiled the icon silhouettes I use most often as a blogger and blog designer right here, and you can feel free to snag them for yourself! They all have transparent backgrounds (yay!). All you need to do is right click each image below to save the image for yourself, and BE SURE TO SAVE THE IMAGE AS .PNG! Otherwise, you’ll lose the transparent background…

BLOGLOVIN transparent


GPLUS transparent

[google plus]

STUMBLE transparent[stumbleupon .. newest logo]

FB transparent


INSTAGRAM transparent


PINTEREST transparent


TWITTER transparent


EMAIL transparent


RSS transparent

[rss feed]

These are all sized to approximately 125 x 125 pixels. So you can shrink them if you’d like, but you risk losing clarity if you try to make them much larger.

As an added bonus, I made a set of a few of my favorite icons that can be used in your sidebar! Simply copy the codes below (be sure to change the links to YOUR social media pages) and paste them into the HTML/TEXT box on your site where you want them to display! Happy Tuesday :)

   pinterest tab Twitter tab facebook tab rss tab google plus instagram tab

Pinterest: <a href=”YOUR PINTEREST PROFILE URL”><img src=”″ border=”0″ /></a>

Twitter: <a href=”YOUR PINTEREST TWITTER URL”><img src=”” border=”0″ /></a>

Facebook: <a href=”YOUR FACEBOOK PROFILE URL”><img src=”” border=”0″ /></a>

RSS: <a href=”YOUR RSS FEED URL”><img src=”” border=”0″ /></a>

Google Plus: <a href=”YOUR GOOGLE PLUS URL”><img src=”” border=”0″ /></a>

Instagram: <a href=”YOUR INSTAGRAM PROFILE URL”><img src=”” border=”0″ /></a>

I used to design all of these icons. They are an official sponsor of Something Swanky.

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  1. Awesome, thanks so much! This part of my blog has been quite blah…can’t wait to update it using these!
    Sarah recently posted..The Before-You-Move ChecklistMy Profile

  2. I bet you get this alot but after i slaved over doing this myself, i see your post….I will keep it for future ref though cause i love the banner look and may add it instead….
    kelly thompson recently posted..Spring time hair clips/broochMy Profile

  3. Love your tutorial! In fact, this is how I did mine on my blog. Love Picmonkey…you are the one that actually got me hooked on it. So, thank you!
    Gloria @ Simply Gloria recently posted..Tomatillo Pulled Pork TacosMy Profile

  4. Thank you … I will use it!
    Brenda @ SweetSimpleStuff recently posted..Cream Cheese Lemon Zest BarsMy Profile

  5. I have been scouring the internet to find new social media icons I liked, but had no luck. Thank you so much for this post, Ashton! Now I can really get to re-doing my blog design :)
    Megan @ The Pink Flour recently posted..Story of Our First HomeMy Profile

  6. THANK YOU. Now that I’m doing business cards (hahaha) I needed these. :)
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust recently posted..Oreo Peanut Butter PopcornMy Profile

  7. You did such a good job with the social media icon post that I was able to figure this part out what am I overjoyed about is that you add the side bar icons! Yay!!
    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet recently posted..Peaches N’ Cream CupcakesMy Profile

  8. I tried the facebook banner one and it shows that is for pinterest. I’m not sure If I’m missing something or if there really is a problem with it.
    Abby recently posted..DIY Desk OrganizersMy Profile

  9. Looooove the tutorial and can’t wait to share it with friends! Thanks! Xo
    Jenn @ peas and crayons recently posted..What I Ate Wednesday #119My Profile

  10. These are FABULOUS! Thank you so much for sharing your hard work with us :)
    Becca from recently posted..Lemon Poppy Seed BreadMy Profile

  11. Wow, this was a super-helpful tutorial!!
    Thanks for sharing these tips!
    I love your blog!

  12. This is perfect timing! I’ve been busy trying to fix up my blog and I’m going to take advantage of this. Thank you so much!
    PapaLos @ The Man, The Chef, The Dad recently posted..Cinco de QuesadillaMy Profile

  13. Thank you so much for the great post. I just made my icons in picmonkey using your silhouettes and instructions. Can’t wait to get them on my site!

  14. Hey, I tried doing the twitter one, and apparently the coding was ALL wrong. What’s going on? It won’t work I’ve tried everything.

  15. Brittany @ La vita dibella says:

    I loved this tutorial. However, it’s not working for me. I edited the images you provided, but after inserting my URL information, the images show up on my blog, but the links do not work. Do you know what may have gone wrong?

  16. I have read a bunch of your blogger tips – THANK YOU!!! Your advice is so simple but VERY HELPFUL!!!!!!

  17. yay…thanks so much, I just made my own buttons using your transparent images. YOU ROCK

  18. Thanks so much for sharing these!

    Corinna Ashley recently posted..Raffia Wrapped Vase (tutorial tuesday – dollar store craft!)My Profile

  19. Thanks so much for sharing these. I’m a new blogger so this was really helpful. I love the bonus icon, Could you show me how to make one for bloglovin’. Thank you.
    Edith x

  20. Absolutely stumbled upon your site and thanking you a great deal for these social media icons!!!! They came just in the nick of time!!!! My site is currently under construction by me which I am very proud to say that…LOL!! Hopefully I can make some graphic magic happen.

  21. Tasha Meline says:

    The ones that you made did not work on my blog when I copied and pasted them onto a new gadget html box. any reason why? :)

  22. OK, so if I need some other social media icon, you say to IMAGE MAP them. How do you do that? From my web background, image mapping is taking a larger image (such as your row of social media icons as one image) and mapping the ‘f’ part for facebook and so on. I want to add the ‘r’ for How do I do that? Thanks so much

  23. Thank you for compiling all of the social media icons. I was driving myself crazy trying to find them all. You saved me loads of time and gave me a second wind to *hopefully* finish my blog design tonight.

  24. Thanks so much for posting these! I was searching all over for some simple icons. Thanks again! This is awesome!

  25. This is not working for me (it is not easy). Once I am on pic monkey — then, what? I also need a Flickr icon, but so far I’ve gotten no where with this.

  26. I’m new to blogging and this is going to be fabulous to help me along. Thank you!!!
    Mrs Night Owl recently posted..What Really MattersMy Profile

  27. I have been looking EVERYWHERE for simple silhouettes. THANK YOU. You’re right, that is the most difficult part.
    M recently posted..Happy Blogversary to Me!My Profile

  28. Absolutely brilliant – thank you so much!

    Love stumbling across blogs where people are so kind and give things away that they have spent time working on – I hope I am talented enough one day to be able to reciprocate :-) Working on that bit but your work is helping me get there!

    I had the same issue as one other blogger above – the Facebook icon was not working for me (despite the link above pointing to a Facebook icon, the link is working as Pinterest – odd). So, that particular link is actually ‘working’ per se, just not in the correct capacity. Not that I am worried in the slightest because I have learned so much today and have managed to add some brilliant icons to my blog…

    All because of you and your kindness!

    Thank you!

    What the Lady Loves

  29. Thanks! Love these. However, the twitter works fine, but the Facebook one actually shows Pintrest image instead. How can I get the Facebook coding?

  30. thanks so much i was at this for an hour until I found your useful guide!

  31. Thank you for the code! I just used the Twitter and Pinterest. Have a great day!
    Jewel Barnett recently posted..Something NewMy Profile

  32. I am *so* glad I found your site! I love your easy-to-understand tutorials … and you’ve got me hooked on picmonkey!



  1. [...] If you noticed, I didn’t list a social media plug-in.  I made my own social media buttons and image mapped them.  There are plugins that will give you social media buttons.  You can just search.  If you want to make your own social media buttons, check out Ashton’s how to post. [...]

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