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{Lifestyle} Genealogy as Art

Kaela Worthen Gardner - March 29, 2012

Family trees are all the rage now as people get back to their roots (no pun intended) and use their ancestry as art. Check out some of these great ideas for your home.

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Photo and guide from Poppytalk.

This is probably my favorite by far. I love how the frames are "hung" on the branches of the tree. For some variations on this idea, click here and here.


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Photo and guide from Better Homes and Gardens.

On board with the bird vogue? Use these templates and instructions to create an adorable family tree of nesting birds that would be perfect for any nursery. For a vinyl wall art bird family tree, click here.


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Photo and guide from Martha Stewart.

This different take on displaying your ancestor's photos may not show the exact relationships of your family members, but it will present them in a stunning way that's sure to lead to questions and thus opportunities to share their stories.


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Photo from Etsy; guide from The Craft Patch.

Use names to make the tree! I love the idea of words as art, and this is a beautiful way of doing just that. Click here for another great example. This one follows the same idea, though it's not actually a family tree.


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Photo from Style Me Pretty.

Try preserving more than your family's names by incorporating thumbprints or handprints as leaves. This idea will work best for living relatives, or, in the photo above, as a wedding guest book. Click here and here for more thumbprint examples, or here for a guide to make a hand tree.


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Photo from Shelterness.

Make your family tree into a cool centerpiece. You can make it themed like this Easter one or a traditional tree like this one here. You can also buy ones to hang pictures from on Amazon.


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Photo and guide from Martha Stewart.

For an ultra cool and contemporary take on the family tree, follow Martha Stewart's guide to creating a silhouette family tree that you can match to any decor color scheme.

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