Here’s what you’ll need:
Various decorative papers
Copies of family photos (I’m using my maternal line)
Glue (stick), or some kind of crafter’s tape
First I cut out my tree tops. I did this free hand cutting some oval others roundish. I tried keeping my tree tops around 2” x 2”. A couple are a little larger but my goal was to keep them all looking like tree tops. Second I cut a smaller circle or oval to go inside the tops. This was just for a little visual interest.
I tried to use pics that would fit inside my trees. I only have a couple of my 2x great grandmother so I had to go with what I had. After choosing the photos I would use (which took the most time during the entire project) I cut out each figure.
I then put my family pics in the trees trying to coordinate photos to the background paper. I’ll mention here I have three daughters so I included all of them which is the reason I have ten trees for seven generations.
I cut out my tree trunks free hand. They’re about 4” from the top of the middle branch to the bottom. I used a couple different brown papers for the trunks.
I used my crafter’s tape to glue everything together. Voila!! My Maternal Family Tree! I was really pleased at how well it turned out!
I hung them in this picture frame for now and love how they look. I could also put them on a ribbon bulletin board or maybe a tall, vintage narrow frame. I may eventually use them as gift tags or on the cover of a family history journal. There are so many options!
I hope you’ll try crafting a Maternal Family Tree. If you do or maybe a variation of it please send me a pic or two. I’ll share them in a future post giving us all ideas and inspiration.
In the mean time have fun Crafting Genealogy!