Monday, August 20, 2012

How to create a family tree

Hi there-hope you had a great weekend!  We flew back to IL for a few days to celebrate Jeff’s Grandpa’s 90th birthday! How incredible…

I mentioned last week…what do you get someone who is 90? I had seen family tree ideas in Martha Stewart’s Living a couple years ago and always thought what a nice idea to make for someone. I knew this is what I wanted to make for him to celebrate his birthday as his family is everything to him and he is so proud of the family he & his late wife created. That’s the focus I used on this particular family tree…the “family” started with their marriage rather than his ancestors, but you can design it any way you want with this layout.
Family Tree 003 I started with this family tree template from {here} and brought the saved pdf to a copy shop to enlarge to 16x20. I typed out all the names on the computer because I wanted to use a pretty script rather than my handwriting. Then, instead of using the labels that were included with the tree template, I used a decorative punch for each name. And the last touch was to outline each label in gold.
Family Tree 007
Family Tree 008
I even like the slight imperfection of the gold outline to show it's handmade quality. :)
I put it in a really nice frame and bubble-wrapped the heck out of it to transport it on the plane and thankfully, it arrived undamaged!

I made a gift tag out of green faux bois paper with ‘happy birthday’ in a pretty script stamped in gold.
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Family Tree 017
He seemed really touched with the gift and that I was the one that made it for him. He is such a wonderful and inspiring man so it was my pleasure to make him something to show our love!

I am pretty happy with how it turned out. The only thing I would of liked to change is the quality of the paper. The copy place’s printer wouldn’t read the file for a printer that would use my paper…whatever that was about…


  1. I really like this. I may have to take your idea and make it bigger to go on a big wall at my house. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hi Heather--This is really pretty--it inspires me to try making one as well! This was also a lovely gift!

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