Sunday, January 20, 2013
DIY family tree art
i wanted to make a family tree picture for jeremy's grandmother. actually, i didn't want to make it...i wanted to buy it. i LOVE this family tree artwork from red envelope. our friends, the norgren's, have one hanging in their home (a gift jason bought for leslie after they had their son. what a thoughtful husband!) and i fell in love with it the moment i saw it. but i just couldn't deal with the $79.95 price tag. i perused etsy.com and found loads of beautiful family tree artwork but nothing seemed quite right for grandma. so, that left me figuring out a way to create something on my own.
i took a trip to hobby lobby, the place where all good projects begin, and bought blue, brown, and four patterned papers in colors that coordinated with fabric i purchased to make some other things to decorate grandma's room. i do think the family tree would look nice with leaves that are all the same color, but i wanted to make this one a bit brighter...to give grandma something less bland and more interesting to look at. also, i used the colors to differentiate between her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
after deciding on a leaf shape and size that worked, cutting out the leaves was quick and easy. i did it in the time it took the boys to watch one curious george episode. the difficult part was drawing a tree. i have trouble with free-hand design so i scoured the internet for tree images. i printed out one that looked about the right size for this project and i used it as a very loose guide while drawing my own. i traced a line here and a branch there until i had a unique tree that worked for this family.
i wrote grandma's and grandpa's name (bob & joy) on the trunk, their children's names (sue, bob & jenny) and their spouses on the branches and put the grandchildren and great-grandchildren on the leaves, growing out of the correct branch line.
if there were fewer grandchildren and great-grandchildren i would have preferred to put sue, bob & jenny, along with their spouses, on leaves as well. i tried it but felt it looked funny. i just didn't have the space! but, overall, i am very happy with how it turned out. i hope it brings some cheer to grandma joy.
the silver 13x13 frame was on clearance at target for $11.98, regular price $16.99. ikea has the same size frame for approximately $7, though. total cost for this project was under $14 and took less than two hours (over a few days). not too shabby for a unique and personalized wall-hanging!
i think this would be an inexpensive, yet special, gift to make for other members of our family. i want to make one for myself! i'm sure you have someone in your family who would love one too!