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Big Photo Number – Easy and Cheap DIY

With how great our technology is we have a million (and one) photos of our kids on our phones. How great would it be to print some of those out and show all of the guests at your party?

Big Photo Number - Easy and Cheap DIY | Hello Invites

Using a cheap piece of mat board or foam core and your photos you can have an easy DIY party decoration in no time!

Big Photo Number - Easy and Cheap DIY | Hello Invites

Now all of your guests can see the photos that you get to see all the time!

Big Photo Number - Easy and Cheap DIY | Hello Invites

Big Photo Number Decoration

For this project, you’ll need:

  • Number design
  • Piece of mat board or foam core large enough for your number
  • Scissors
  • Double Sided Scotch tape
  • Photos that you’ll put on the large number – I recommend 4” x 6” – qty will depend on how big your number is

To start this project, you’ll need a font that will match your party design. The number I’m using is roughly 26” tall. Using Acrobat or another PDF reader, print the file out. Make sure it is set to “Poster” setting so it will span multiple pages and be as large as your design. You can do this at home or at a print shop such as FedEx. You can also change the scale to make it larger or smaller depending on how big you want your design. Mine printed out on 12 sheets of 8.5” x 11” paper.

Big Photo Number - Easy and Cheap DIY | Hello Invites

Big Photo Number - Easy and Cheap DIY | Hello Invites

Next, trim out each sheet of paper and tape them all together to create the large number. Cut out your number and stick a piece of tape at the top and bottom of the number. Trace around your number to give you a cutting guide on your mat board.

Big Photo Number - Easy and Cheap DIY | Hello Invites

Big Photo Number - Easy and Cheap DIY | Hello Invites

Using an x-acto knife or scissors cut out the number using your outline as a guide. This doesn’t need to be perfect since it will get covered up.

Big Photo Number - Easy and Cheap DIY | Hello Invites

Next, take all of your photos and start to lay them out on the number. You don’t want to affix them yet incase you want to move some around.

Big Photo Number - Easy and Cheap DIY | Hello Invites

Once you have your photos laid out the way you like you can attach them to the mat board with either double sided tape or scotch tape wrapped in a loop.

Big Photo Number - Easy and Cheap DIY | Hello Invites

Finally, you can cut a small hole in the top for a piece of string to go through so you can hang it for your party or use frog tape to just attach it to a wall.

Big Photo Number - Easy and Cheap DIY | Hello Invites

Big Photo Number - Easy and Cheap DIY | Hello Invites

Big Photo Number - Easy and Cheap DIY | Hello Invites

This DIY is super versatile. An age, your child’s name, even a shape would all turn out cool. Try playing with different options for your photos too – all black and white, sepia tone or all one color could be a neat addition.


I hope you enjoyed this DIY! If you create this DIY, please share it on social media! Tag us using @helloinvites and the hashtag #helloinvitesparties so we can see them!

Have a great party!

Big Photo Number - Easy and Cheap DIY | Hello Invites

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