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Make a Family Tree Wreath

1 November 2011 38,922 views 8 Comments

by rhonda

Why relegate those old family photos to a shoebox in the back of the closet?  Put them on display with this creative idea from Jenn at Rook No. 17.  She made a set of free printables that you can use to recreate this wonderful family tree wreath!  Rather than using the original photos, she made copies of them instead, keeping the heirloom prints safe and intact for the enjoyment of future generations.  This would make an excellent gift for parents, grandparents, or family historians.  Or make one featuring both sides of a newly-joined family as a wedding gift!  [how to make a family tree wreath]

Project estimate:

  • Canvas drop cloth, about $5 and up
  • Wreath form, $1 and up
  • Freezer paper, on hand or $1 and up
  • Leaf template, free
  • Wire, on hand or $1 and up
  • Sewing notions, on hand
  • Printable  photo frames, free
  • Cardboard, on hand
  • Scanned or photocopied family photos, on hand
  • Distressing ink, on hand or about $2 ad up
  • Glue, on hand

Total:  about $6 and up

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  • Erin Creamer said:

    Thank you for sharing! I absolutely love it & what a wonderful Christmas gift this will make! :)

  • Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17 said:

    Rhonda, thank you so much for featuring my family tree wreath! I hope some of the Dollar Store Crafts fans will feel inspired to make one of their own!

    Jenn/Rook No. 17

  • BKWilliams said:

    This is a great wreath! It would make a beautiful gift for a newlywed couple, with photos of both families.

  • Shan said:

    I absolutely love this…so pretty!

  • 15 Grandparents Day Crafts & Activities said:

    […]  Family Tree Wreath {tutorial} ~ A beautiful and unique way to display your heirloom photos.  Using copies of course. […]

  • Barbara said:

    Thank you for posting. I’m at the beginning stages of making a replica of this wreath with a little different twist but having a hard time finding the wreath form that you used. The typical vine type does not appear like it would work as nicely as the wreath you used. Do you have any suggestions on another wreath to use? I visited 5 Dollar Tree stores and even called the customer service line and nada – can’t find it. Checked Dollar General as well as WalMart, Hobby Lobby, and Michaels. If all else fails, I will try with the regular vine type but just does not see like it would be smooth enough to wrap the drop cloth around.

  • heather said:

    @Barbara, I would use the vine one — you can pad it out with some polyfil batting if you are concerned about it being too bumpy.

  • Barbara said:

    Thank you Heather! Good idea.