3 Genius Ways to Display Your Family Tree

posted: 01/19/16
by: Katie Morton

Family trees are an amazing way to decorate your home while honoring your heritage. Whether designed as a family activity or a way to pass a rainy day, creating a family tree can be an extremely fulfilling process.

In addition to being fun projects that make wonderful gifts, family trees are a great way to educate your kids about your family's lineage. Here are three ideas to get your creative juices flowing so you can design a beautiful family tree to display in your home.

1. Scrabble Tiles

Scrabble tiles that spell out each family member's name and arranged as a crossword is an enjoyable way to create a piece of art that highlights your family. This piece is an easy activity to do with the children and makes for a perfect gift to grandma or grandpa. The eggshell-toned tiles add to the vintage feel and sense of history, while the design of the frame and patterned background add a touch of whimsy.

2. Button Photo Frame

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Colorful buttons and a sculpturally etched tree beg to be lovingly displayed in a child's room or hung over the crib in a baby's nursery. This adorable frame would be cherished for years by parents of a newborn or the "new" big sister or brother. Consider this option if you're a parent celebrating the joy of a growing family.

3. Family Tree Wall

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Wall stencils and framed portraits breathe life into a full-size family tree. Since this project requires square footage, this design would work best in a rec room, playroom, or ascending a staircase. While some may balk at the idea of all those nail holes, using construction paper to lay out the design and removable wall tape to affix frames takes the worry out of striving for perfection. The bonus is that you can add photos to the tree over time--capturing milestones like weddings, births, adoptions, and even new furry friends--pets are family too! Documenting milestones over the years will celebrate your family's big moments and new members.

The best home decor is personal, meant to elicit feelings of warmth and happiness. And a family tree is a beautiful way to create that piece of meaningful home decor. Have fun thinking of your own ways to incorporate your family's history into the perfect wall art.