30th anniversary pearls frameHow many times have you been in a situation where someone you know, your parents, your aunt, you uncle, your friend or your obscure relative has had a monumental anniversary and you have been absolutely stumped on what to give them? Obviously, you can’t give a random gift without any meaning, its  supposed to be a special anniversary! On the other hand, its equally likely that you don’t have a large budget. Keeping this in mind, we want to share gift ideas for anniversaries, that are sweet. But, don’t cost much.  This one is for a 30th anniversary!

I’ll be honest, this idea, came up because we got a request to make a gift. The gifter wanted a simple gift which added to what they were already bought. So, we got cracking and our first thought was what symbolizes the 30th anniversary. A quick google search clarified that the two things commonly related to 30th anniversaries are pearls and the color green.

Now, obviously, we are not going to give real pearls. The gifter wants something simple and real pearls cost as much as ransom. But, luckily we found fake pearls at the local crafts store. Here’s what we did with them.

30th anniversary giftBudget: Low – Medium

Time: 4-6 hours


  • Fake pearls in various sizes ( you get some which have a flat side, they are much easier to work with)
  • Glue
  • Green and white paint
  • Toothpicks
  • Paper
  • small canvas
  • Paintbrush
  • Small easel (optional, we used it to prop the canvas on. You can just keep the canvas against the wall or get it framed also)

Materials needed to make 30th anniversary giftSteps:

1. Paint the canvas with the green paint. We wanted a slightly ombre shaded kind of effect. So, we started at the bottom with dark green and kept on adding white as we moved upwards. We needed to move quite fast, otherwise, the paint would dry (its acrylic) and the shades would not blend.

step1: Paint the canvas2. We cut out a large 30 and traced it onto the canvas. The reason for this is, that sometimes, pencil marks shine through acrylic paint and don’t rub off. So, its best to trace the design instead of redrawing it multiple times.

3. Once the number has been drawn on, the difficult and time consuming part begins! Starting from the top of the number, each pearl needs to be painstakingly stuck to the canvas. What’s important is to keep on changing the size of the pearl being used. This will create a much better design. You can also take the easier way and paste the pearls in a definite pattern. For example, an outer circle of large pearls, then small pearls, then large or in vertical lines of different sizes. This will definitely go faster than the design we have chosen here.

step 2 and 3 4. Rub out the edges. You can see the pencil marks in the picture above.

5. Paste a piece of green or contrasting paper to the back of the canvas. This would be a good space to note down a special message for the giftee (is that the right term?).

step 4 and 5Things to keep in mind:

  • Pencil marks don’t rub off completely. So, its best to just cover them with extra pearls
  • Push the pearls as close to each other as possible. Too many gaps will not look nice. Instead, you can use a toothpick to push the pearls close to each other.

pearls frame finishedHow do you like this idea? If you would like to see something special, let us know!