DIY Projects: Family Tree Frame

Is it just me or do you find it increasingly difficult to find the perfect present for your nearest and dearest? I think it’s so important to put lots of thought into buying presents for people and the ‘that will do’ approach just doesn’t cut it for me as it just lacks effort…*cue a ton of self-inflicted pressure leading up to Birthdays and Christmases*

After exceeding my limited expectations of my own creativeness during our Wedding Planning days I set about creating a new Board on my Pinterest dedicated to DIY Craft Projects. For my Mum and Mother in Law I wanted to create a gift for their recent Birthdays that was both personal and meaningful to them.

I first spotted these Family Tree frames on Not On The High Street and from there my Challenges were set! Now both their special days have passed and they have received their gifts I wanted to share with you Guys a tutorial on how I made my own versions of this lovely keepsake!

Shopping List:

  • Box Frame 12ins x 12ins (Available from Wilko, Hobbycraft or The Range)
  • Wooden Laser Cut Family Tree and Hearts Set – 18cm x 18cm (Available in various sizes and quantities from various sellers on eBay)
  • Buttons of your Choice (Check out Hobbycraft who sell packs in assorted sizes and colours)
  • Backing Card 12ins x 12ins/30cm x 30cm (Hobbycraft’s Scrapbooking section had loads of choice and Card is sold by the sheet)
  • Adhesive Foam Pads (Maximum Size 5mm x 5mm x 3mm)
  • Liquid Glue
  • Biro Pen and Pencil
  • Luggage Tags (I had some leftover from Wedding Crafting which were from Hobbycraft)
  • *Optional* Acrylic Paints to decorate the Wooden parts 
  • *Optional* Mini Ribbon Bows to decorate the Backing Card/Tree/Frame
  • *Optional* Table Crystals/Flat Back Rhinestones to decorate the Backing Card/Tree/Frame

How To:

(Note: If you plan on painting any Wooden parts, I would recommend doing this first prior to Step 1 to allow these bits to fully dry)

  1. Starting at the top, arrange the Hearts (symmetrically if possible) across the Tree to determine a layout.
    *TIP: Write each Person’s Initial(s) on one side of each Heart (this is the side you will Glue later!)*


  2. Arrange the Buttons/Bows/Crystals across the Tree evenly around the Hearts.
    *TIP: When the desired layout has been fully laid out, take a photo on your Phone to refer to when you reach the Glue stage*


  3. Personalise each Heart with a Name. You could put an initial/nickname if space is limited. I created a ‘stitched’ effect by simply drawing a border of small lines inside each Heart and simply hand-writing each Person’s name as shown aboveimg_0079
  4. Using the Liquid Glue and starting at the Top again, apply a small blob of Glue to the back of each Heart before pressing it down firmly in its chosen spot.img_0081
    Repeat with the Buttons/Bows/Crystals and then allow to dry (at least 5-10 mins)


  5. Whilst you’re waiting, decorate a Luggage Tag with a Message of your choosing. Address it to the recipient i.e. ‘Happy Birthday Mum’, or perhaps write out a Quote like I did below (excuse the tiny image!)img_0086
  6. Now its time to mount your creation! Don’t forget to decide the layout of the Tree, the wooden ‘Family’ word and the finished Luggage Tag on the Backing Card before reaching for the Foam Pads :)*TIP: Make sure the Tree sits in the centre of the Card. Use a Pencil to mark a faint line where the Trunk starts*
  7. Carefully turn the Tree over, peel away one Foam Pad at a time and stick them down in places that will not be seen (up the middle of the Trunk, behind a Button/Heart/Leaf).Place the Tree into its position on the Backing Card and press down firmly.
  8. Repeat Step 7 but with the ‘Family’ section (see below as a guide)img_0088
  9.  Repeat Step 7 but with the Luggage Tag. *TIP: Place one Foam Pad in each Corner on the reverse of the Tag*
  10. I would recommend keeping the Backing Card lying flat until you are ready to frame the finished result. Double check the pads have been stuck down firmly before continuing.
  11. When you’re ready, place the Frame glass side down and un-clip the Backing Board.
    Place the Backing Card face down and replace the Backing Board, re-fastening the Clips
  12. Turn the Frame back over and Voila! Give yourself a pat on the back πŸ™‚

Here are my finished results prior to being Framed, I hope you like them!
Please excuse the quality and angle of these pics, I can assure you that everything sits perfectly straight in real life!



I hope that this post inspires you to create this yourself! If you have any questions or would like any suggestions then please comment below πŸ™‚

Natalie x


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