Framed Family Tree By The Genealogy Kids

Here’s an easy homemade gift idea for the young people in your life:

A personalized, framed family tree, kid-style!

Items needed:

  • 1 sheet of 12×12 family tree scrapbook paper (these seem standard at many scrapbook supply stores)
  • 1 12×12 frame (We bought ours unfinished at Hobby Lobby and painted it to match the kids’ bedroom)
  • Images of kids, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents
  • glue-stick

The trickiest part of this project is locating photos for each person you want to include on the tree. Hopefully your photos are digitized, otherwise you’ll be scanning originals. Be sure to capture the same proportions so the pictures look uniform (crop photos to be only head shots). It’s also smart to turn all photos black & white (or sepia) so they match each other and look nice. I used my computer’s screen-capture feature to crop only the heads out of the pictures I was using. I then dumped all the photos into a Word document page and adjusted their sizes to be quite small. You should be able to fit all of your photos on one printed page.

Next, print the page onto white paper. Cut out the photos, and back them with a different color of paper. (Alternately, you could add frames around them in your Word document before printing them.)

Arrange the photos onto your scrapbook paper and glue into place. Put a cute frame on your project, and you’re done!

If you can't find any genealogy-related papers at your local scrapbook supply store, you could also print from digital scrapbook companies. Be creative and have fun!