The number 40 in pictures

My parents recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary, and I knew I wanted to do something special for them. When I saw this image via Martha Stewart, I knew it would be perfect!

I thought I would share the step by step here, in case you might want to make one yourself. I found a few things to be helpful.

– black and white 4×6 photos (both vertical and horizontal): to make the ’40’ I ended up printing WAY more than I needed. You might want to try and figure out how many pictures you think you’ll need before you spend the time (& money) printing and scanning.
– one giant cardboard box: this is optional, but it really helped me find a good shape of the numbers
– serrated edge knife for cutting the cardboard box
– clear packaging tape to adhere the pictures to the cardboard
– 3M hooks for hanging the big numbers on the chalkboard – I love these things!
– one BIG 4ft. by 8ft. chalkboard

Here’s the How-To in pictures:

This was a fun project…yet big project, but 40 years is a BIG Deal, and I wanted to do something big to celebrate.

Thanks Mom & Dad for being the wonderful examples you are to all of us. We love you two!

ps. This is part 1 of 2 posts. More celebrating 40 years tomorrow!

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  1. kelley says

    What a great idea and a beautiful way to honor your parents. 40 years is surely something to be celebrated! Congratulations to them and I LOVE this board!!

  2. says

    That is the COOLEST idea I have ever seen!!! LOVE IT Kami. I bet your parents were so touched you took the time to make that for them. And how cool to see all those pictures of your life together. This would be fun for anybody at any occasion!

  3. says

    this is seriously amazing. 2 questions- where in the heck did you get that chalk board and how did you do those cool black and whites like that.
    you did it again Cami. You are one amazing girl.

  4. says

    This is such a great idea! I love that it’s on cardboard so that they can take it and keep it and put it up somewhere and then the chalkboard not only looks GORGEOUS (because you did the black and white photos with the white border – my fave way to print pictures!), but it gets your guests involved and makes such an awesome, personalized souvenir of the event and loved ones there! I love party decor that looks great and that you can save and becomes art later! : )

  5. ashley says

    this is a great idea which i am going to put in use for my husbands 30th birthday. i was just wondering where you got the giant chalk board. thank you.

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