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Jessica Watson is a mom to five, four in her arms and one in her heart. She lives in Michigan where her life is as unpredictable as the weather. After the loss of her infant daughter in 2007, Jessica left the corporate world behind, vowe...

This perfect party gift doubles as a decoration

Looking for the perfect display for your parent's 50th anniversary party or a milestone birthday bash for a dear friend? Try this easy photo project to gather everyone together into one unique display that can also be transformed into a gift for the honoree.

This perfect party gift doubles as a decoration

Sometimes it is hard to find the perfect gift for that special person or couple in your life on a momentous occasion. If your friends and family are scattered around the country, it can make planning a spectacular birthday or anniversary gift that much more difficult. Whether you have a large family, a close group of friends or one too many staff in the office to make finding the right gift an easy task, this do-it-yourself project is unique, easy to create and will delight everyone involved.

This perfect party gift doubles as a decoration

What you will need:

  • Twine
  • Small clothespins
  • 5 x 7-inch photographs
  • Thumb tacks or sticky tabs

This perfect party gift doubles as a decorationStep 1: Organize the details

Decide on the scope of your project. Figure out the number of people you would like to include, the message you would like to create and how you will divide the people by letter.

For this project we were working with 22 individuals/small groups and chose the message "Happy 85th Birthday Grandma!"

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Step 2: Communicate your plan

Find the easiest way to reach everyone and let them know what you would like to do. Give a firm deadline for when you would like their photograph. Continuous reminders may be necessary.

For this project we sent an email assigning each person a specific letter to take a photograph with, including instructions on cutting their letter out on a full-sized piece of white poster board and returning the photo to the coordinator of the project in a high-resolution format so that it could be printed as a 5 x 7-inch photograph.

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Step 3: Prepare display

Once you have received all photos, have them printed in a 5 x 7-inch format. You can send them to most drugstore chains and get them printed within 24 hours for a reasonable price.

Find the area where you would like to create your display and begin hanging your twine, leaving slack in the twine so it dips in the middle once photos are clipped on. Secure ends of twine with either tacks or sticky tabs to avoid holes in the wall. Make sure you hang your display at a height that is eye level to party-goers so they can admire your beautiful photo arrangement.

This perfect party gift doubles as a decoration

This perfect party gift doubles as a decoration

This perfect party gift doubles as a decoration

Optional: Combine for a gift!

If you would like to turn your gorgeous display into a gift your honoree/honorees can remember forever, place all of your collected photos into a collage. We like for creating collages because of the versatile options that allow you to use any number of photos. Print your photo collage and frame it for a beautiful gift that combines every perfect element of your display!

This perfect party gift doubles as a decoration

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