we are family


A family tree has been on my project to-do list for a long time (like, years).  But after seeing a few beautiful family trees on Pinterest (especially this one), I was inspired to finally get started.

I began with a funky old tray that I snapped up last year when one of the closets at church was being cleaned out.  Sure, the paint was ugly, but it had a nice shape.


I painted the middle white and the border Valspar's Dreamy Clouds. Then I put my Silhouette Cameo to work.   I didn't take a picture of all the cutting, but this is just one of those instances I was so glad to have a Silhouette.  About a million tiny leaves later, I was ready to start gluing.


I used mod podge to glue down all the pieces.  The shape of the tray really helped me define the fullness of the tree.  My original plan was just to put this on a canvas, but I think the curvy tray adds a lot more character.


My husband's family went on the left of the tree, my family on the right, and our children are the little acorns below.  For the sake of space, this family tree only has 4 generations, but someday I'd love to make a huge one (like this) and really dig in.


Oscar was excited when he found out he was one of the acorns.  I'm excited to have a long over-due project crossed off my list.


This is what happens when you ask your kids to help you take pictures:


For Silhouette Users
here are the shapes I used for this project:
house of 3 banner
leafless - bare tree, by Alaa'K
4 leaves, by Lori Whitlock
acorn, by Silhouette
6 labels, by Lori Whitlock

35 comments:

Holly said...

This turned out fantastic! My grandma always had a beautiful family tree hanging in her home and I've always dreamed of making my own. Can't wait to make my own for my little acorns to enjoy.

Emily said...

1. This is adorable!
2. When did Ruby get so big?!?!

Marishannon said...

I absolutely adore this family tree! My mother would go crazy over this, so too bad I don't have a silhouette!

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Lynette @ My Craft Discovery said...

oh that is really pretty! I love it. And the tray totally made the project.

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

This is stunning. I love the idea of using a tray... genius. And the acorns... don't even get me started. I bought a family tree kit on Etsy two or three years ago. It has been sitting in my closet untouched. Thanks for the inspiration to get it out and start working on it.

Jessie said...

this turned out beautifully!! love it. especially love the tray.

Jill said...

What a cool project! Thanks for sharing! Smiles, Jill

Jacinda said...

Love this! You did such a beautiful job, I love its simplicity and crisp colors and lines!

LiEr said...

Oh Jill, this is beautiful! I love it - the colors, the shape, how it fits perfectly within the tray. And the acorns! Eeee! The acorns!

Aimee said...

Wow Jill! This is amazing! I absolutely love it. You did a beautiful job...I love what the tray did for the project :)

Angie B. said...

Wow this is amazing... you should totally sell a "family tree kit" on etsy...I will buy it in a heartbeat

Melanie@Crafty Cupboard said...

Holy Toledo, that is amazing. And I agree, the shape of the tray makes it that much more awesome.

Every time I come by here, something else goes on my to-do list. Thanks. Thanks a lot. ;)

Jes said...

Wow! Stunning!!!

Tara Milligan said...

This is gorgeous! I love the shape of the tray, and the colors are so great! Pinning this.

Kim @ craftyNHmom said...

That is beautiful! I would never have thought of a tray. So creative! Also thank you for telling which shapes you used. I'm bookmarking this for later!

Chelsea said...

Jill, this is amazing!! I love everything about it!!

Chelsea said...

p.s. I love seeing some Hanks on that tree :)

jackie said...

Cute, Jill!! Reminds me of what my friend, Shel, just put together in her shop, Paper Lullaby:

http://jmrockhill.blogspot.com/2012/03/in-shop.html

Must be a popular week for family trees. :)

sevgi said...

hello my friend.very nice days.That is beautiful!
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Lisa B. said...

I have paper family trees but this idea is awesome! Thanks for sharing.

I've passed a blog award onto you. Have a great day!

kisha said...

I always love your projects, but I was just thinking about how I've always wanted to do a bit of research on my family tree. I always thought that a book or website would be the result. A piece of art is an even better idea.

The 4 Hoggans said...

Cute family tree. Just wanted to share a website you might like for your other family tree. creatfan.com. You just use your same username and password from lds.org. It fills it all in for you.

Jen said...

Love it!!

:)

Eva {Tales of the Scotts} said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!!! Would love to do a family tree someday and this is just gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial!

Sara Art Studio said...

Lovely idea!!!!!! Nice to find your blog!!!

see you soon,
Sara

MommaWard said...

This is wonderful. Love, love, love it. You have such good vision to take that tray from what it was to what it its now.

MamaDi said...

Wow, I love it, that is really pretty!

Lisa said...

This is so beautiful! I love it!

Raysha said...

I love this idea. Your kids look so excited about it too!

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medina family said...

It is beautiful!! Love the tray and the blue border around the edges. I need to get one of those silhouette things!

Andrea said...

This is beautiful! I am dying to make one, too.

Approximately, what are the dimensions of your tray?

Would you mind sharing the sizes you made the objects you cut out of the silhouette? What kind/brand of paper did you use?

If you put this together as a kit I would buy in a heartbeat. We are about to move into a new house and I would love something just like this to hang up.

Look forward to hearing from you :)

Morena Hockley said...

Beautiful!

Ashley J @ MommyByDayCrafterByNight said...

This is seriously so darling! I totally want to find a tray like this and make one too! Thanks for sharing! (found you on Lil Luna's mother's day ideas round up)
xoxo, Ashley

Divine-Com├ędie said...

So beautiful !
What a good idea! LOVE IT!
Mother's day is tomorow in France!

By the way, I post a link of your blog on my !

Have a good weekend.

Amy Fennell said...

OMG! This is great! Now I know what I'm making for my mom for Mother's Day. Great job!