Creative ways to DIY your own family tree
It’s important to teach your kids about their roots. It can provide a sense of belonging and understanding for their unique quirks or traditions.
One great place to start tracking down your family tree is at Ancestry.com. Simply type your name and family info into the website and it does the searching for you. Search public records, or hire an expert to dig deeper.
Once you have the “roots” of your tree, putting the information on display around the house can make for a beautiful and meaningful decoration. You can even just do this with your extended family one generation back.
Here are some creative ways to display your family tree.
Make an online family tree, complete with pictures, at Family Echo. The website keeps your tree private from anyone uninvited, too.
Make a photo tree on your wall:
We love the wall design, complete with a sticker tree, that the blogger The Clay Family put together (see top photo). The equipment:
- A tree branch wall sticker. Pick up a tree branch wall sticker at Target for only $19.99. Also check out the pink Spring Blossoms tree, for a softer style.
- Black frames. We love this Gallery In A Box set of six matching frames from Pottery Barn, marked down right now starting at $90.
- Paper mache letters to write the name of your family at the top. Check out the selection of letters from Joann Fabric and Craft Stores, starting under $3 each. Buy your Joann products through ShopAtHome.com and get 3 percent Cash Back.
Unless you can get grandma to stick her hands in paint, this one might be limited to your immediate family. Familyholiday.net offers a great tutorial on how to make a handprint tree, instead of using names.
Turn your Christmas tree into a family tree:
Instead of a bunch of random ornaments, frame photos of the various members of your family (or their names, if photos are not available), and remember them every December.
Fine personalized Christmas tree ornament frames at Walgreens for $19.99 each.
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