Fun with Family Trees

Creating Keepsakes, Creative Editor, Megan Hoeppner, takes a fresh approach to creating family trees.

Project #1 Vinyl Wall Family Tree: Grow a family tree in your own living room with wall vinyl and a few basic photo frames. It’s easy, just peel and stick your vinyl and hang your photos on the tree. For added dimension, layer some of the leaves on the tree over parts of your frames. The tree is available from Vinyl Wall Art.

Project #2 Framed Family Tree: Remove an old painting from a larger frame and use that as a structure to create a fun and fresh family tree display. First, you may want to paint your frame. Next, string rows of rope, twine or ribbon across the frames hollow center and secure it in place with either a glue gun or staples. With your stringed lines in place, hang generational portraits of your family and embellish the frame with scrapbooking accents. This will act as a beautiful centerpiece in your home, and it’s a great way to show the different generations. Plus, the kids will love helping you hang and decorate your framed art.

Project #3 Ornament Tree Redefined: Transform a holiday ornament tree into a sparkling tabletop tree of family photos using your scrapbooking scraps. Simply punch shapes from cardstock and/or patterned paper and adhere photos of your family members. Use letter stickers to spell out the names and any other special sentiments. Hang your photos in the tree using twine or beading cord, and add extra shimmer by also dangling a few beads. This is an easy craft to do together as a family, and you can definitely customize it to fit your home and style.

Project #4 Vintage Letterpress Shadowbox: Displaying your family heritage doesn’t have to take a tree shape. Explore different shadow-box possibilities for a fun twist. Letterpress trays are an excellent resource for just such projects. Fill a tray with family photos, scraps of paper, even bits of memorabilia for a personalized piece of home decore.

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Variation: Try a similar project using a vintage receipt tray like this one from 7gypsies:

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