I saw this idea on Pinterest. It was originally a way for guests to sign in at a wedding, but I thought it would be a great gift for my in-laws 40th Anniversary.
The tree is looking pretty bare. Since we live all over the country, We just added our thumb prints. I mailed the ink pad with the canvas, so other family members could add their thumb leaves when they go and visit.
I bought a "gallery canvas" instead of the normal one to make it a little more special. It worked best to stack a few books under the canvas before painting and adding our thumbs. I free handed the tree and used my Cricut and contact paper to make the stencil for the letters.
And yes my father-in-law's name is Elmo. My husband should have been Elmo III, and I'm grateful his parents decided that was a family tradition laid to rest.My parents just celebrated their 40th a few months ago and this is what I made them (read about it here)
I guess I have another 10 years to think up something fun for their 50th!
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