8 Creative DIY Family Tree Craft Ideas For Your Child

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Family is a vital element of an individual’s life; hence, it is important to be aware of one’s roots. If you want to acquaint your child with their ancestry, try introducing them to a family tree for kids.

A family tree or genealogy is a visual representation depicting one’s ancestry and family relationships in a tree-like format (1). This way, children find it easier to comprehend family associations.

You could represent all your near ones, including your grandparents, uncles, and cousins, as different branches of the tree and position them according to their year of birth. You could even include some interesting facts about them, which could be an engaging way to familiarize your child with the family ancestry.

Browse through this post to discover some fun ways to make a family tree that your kids love and easily understand.

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How Does A Family Tree Benefit A Child?

A family tree is a way to illustrate family details in a concise manner. Based on the information in the family tree, your child can learn about the origin or parentage, descendants, forefathers, the relationship between each family member, their birthdays, anniversaries, etc. A family tree or pedigree chart can also help a child (2):

  • Know the lineage, kinships, and relationships better by unraveling different attributes about each family member.
  • Understand each family member’s or relative’s personality by knowing their likes, dislikes, values, beliefs, etc.
  • Develop an opportunity to share personal thoughts by talking about the family.
  • Get acquainted with family heritage, culture, and traditions and carry them on to the next generation.
  • Develop self-esteem by developing a sense of belonging to a kin, a part of societal identity.
  • Learn associating with mutual feelings, like love, care, compassion, respect, pride, etc., that one feels by knowing the family history, legacies, and heritage.
  • Learn to gather and categorize information based on requirements that hones a child’s understanding, perception, and communication skills.

Knowing about the family keeps the child close to their roots, helping them feel safe and happy.

How To Draw A Family Tree?

A family tree drawing is simple and can be done in several ways. Once you choose your family tree design, collect and organize the family’s information.

Here’s how you can gather information about the family to draw a family tree.

  1. Make a list of family members you will place in the family tree. Dividing them into their respective clans or households may make the task easier.
  1. Prepare a checklist on the information needed about each family member, like birth place, birth date, education, anniversary, etc.
  1. Plan on how to collect the information for the checklist. One way could be talking to each family member personally and collecting their details.
  1. Segregate the information that you wish to highlight, like birth dates, anniversaries, likes, and dislikes, etc.
  1. Collect pictures and other memorabilia that you could use to embellish your family tree.

8 DIY (do-it-yourself) Family Tree Craft Ideas For Your Child

Here are some innovative and engaging family tree craft ideas that you and your child can try to cherish their family ties.

1. Heart-to-heart family tree

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It is a family tree craft idea that children can easily make with a few items – a chart paper, a set of kid-friendly paints or ink pads, a heart-shaped stamp, and colored pens/pencils.

  1. Draw a large tree with branches on the chart paper using a colored pen/pencil.
  2. Let your child make leaves by pressing the color dipped, heart-shaped stamp close to branches. If you wish, you can draw hearts with a pencil or try some other stamps, like apple-shaped or flower-shaped stamps.
  3. Once the paint dries, talk to your child about the family members and relations and ask them to write each family member’s name on the leaves, using colored pens.
  4. To make the tree lively, suggest your child stick each family member’s picture on the respective leaf.
  5. Frame the family tree and paste it in your child’s room.
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Look for some inspiration for family trees on Pinterest and other websites. Look through dozens of designs and create a rough one before sharing it with your child. Ensure the design is creative and easy to make.

2. Chalkboard family tree

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This unique idea lets your child’s creativity spin and swirl. Give them a chalkboard or black chart paper, colored chalks, duster, and family members’ pictures.

  1. Let them draw a tree on the chalkboard using colored chalks. Motivate the child to be creative and make an appealing tree by adding features, like fruits, birds, etc.
  2. Ask them to include each family member’s name and their relationship with your child.
  3. Talk them through each relation and encourage them to share their feelings about the relationship.
  4. Suggest ideas to make the tree unique by writing their feelings about each family member in one word. For instance, they can write “CARING” below their grandmother’s picture and “BESTIE” below their grandfather’s picture.
  5. Display your child’s innovative creation in your living room as a mark of endearment for the family.

3. Wooden family tree

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Based on your child’s age and creativity skills, they can carve a family tree on the wood or paint and design one using basic craft supplies. Here’s one fun idea for your child to try under your supervision.

  1. Gather art and craft supplies, like a wooden panel, wood carving knife, a paper template of a tree, acrylic paints, paintbrush, sandpaper, craft tape, and sketch pens.
  2. Paste the tree template on the wooden panel with the craft tape.
  3. Take a wood carving knife and cut along the outline of the template to cut out the wooden tree.
  4. Remove the paper template. Buff the edges of the tree with sandpaper and paint with acrylic paint of any color. You can also paint the remaining tree or leave it unpainted to retain the natural look of the wood.
  5. Cut and stick pictures of family members on different leaves or parts of the tree. Take a sketch pen and write the name or the relationship of the child with the member below each picture.
  6. You can stick a piece of wood at the base to display the tree in a standing position.

4. Family tree shadow box

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This creative family tree can be an eye-catching piece of decor. You will need a shadow box, hot glue gun, colored pens, leaf template, scissors, colored origami paper, and some twigs.

  1. Trace the leaf template on the origami paper and cut them using scissors. Keep the paper leaves aside until you complete making the tree.
  2. Paste the twigs in the shadow box in a tree’s shape, using a hot glue gun.
  3. Write a family member’s name with their likable qualities in one word, like, caring, loving, empathetic, funny, etc. on each paper leaf.
  4. Paste the leaves on the branches using the hot glue gun. You can also use pictures of each family member instead of leaves.
  5. Your nature-inspired family tree is ready. Keep it in your child’s room or place it above your fireplace mantel and display your child’s master art.
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Instead of real names, your child can write the nicknames of the family members in their family tree. When they grow up, it will remind them of how they addressed their family members.

5. Family tree decal

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If you are looking for wall decor, then try a family tree decal. You can make a lovely DIY family tree decal at home with the below-given steps.

  1. You will need a template of a tree with branches, a template of a leaf, brown and green wall sticker/decal roll, quick-fix adhesive, small pictures of each family member, and scissors.
  2. Trace the tree template on a brown wall decal, cut the tracing, and keep it aside.
  3. Trace multiple leaf templates on the green-colored wall decal. Cut each leaf from the decal roll. Paste the picture of a family member on each leaf with quick-fix adhesive.
  4. Stick the brown tree decal on the wall. Stick the various leaves around the tree decal to make it look like a family tree. You can add more decal stickers to make the creation enticing.

Mother-daughter genealogists duo Diana and Nicole Elder share their experience of doing a family tree construction activity. Nicole says, “My son wanted to try making a big family tree poster including pictures of all his cousins and aunts and uncles so he could count how many people are in his whole family. We started by going through Facebook and Instagram to get recent pictures of all his cousins, aunts, and uncles. We printed the photos on matte photo paper then got to work cutting them all out. We followed the look of the tree in the book. We glued together three sheets of green construction paper to make a tree big enough. It was tricky trying to fit all the cousins and figuring out how to draw the lines to connect everyone! In the end, he was thrilled to find out that he has 13 cousins and 39 total family members (i).”

6. Flat family tree

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Your child can easily make a flat family tree by using a chart paper, male and female cut-out adult, children, and baby stickers, passport size picture of each family member, pencil, glue stick, and sketch pens.

  1. Draw a rough outline of the family tree with a pencil on the chart paper.
  2. Stick the cut-outs along the family tree based on the family member represented. For instance, a male and female sticker together represents a couple, like mom-dad, uncle-aunt, etc., while a baby and child sticker represents the offspring.
  3. Stick the passport size picture on the cut-out that represents the family member.
  4. Write the name of each family member below their cut-out, and the family tree is ready. You can paste this personalized family tree chart in your child’s room and let them appreciate their efforts.

7. Memory book family tree

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To make a memory book family tree, you will need a scrapbook or memory book, a small picture of each family member, sketch pens, a glue stick, a pen, and optional decorative stickers.

  1. Draw a family tree template on the first page of the memory book using sketch pens.
  2. Paste pictures of the oldest family members, like grandparents, at the base, and the youngest family members’ picture at the top.
  3. Once the tree is complete, move to the second page and write details about each family member in the same order as the pictures in the family tree. You can write details such as a family member’s birth date, birthplace, profession, favorite food, music, etc.
  4. Decorate each page of the memory book with decorative stickers to personalize the book.

8. Magnetic family tree

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It is one of the easiest DIY family tree craft ideas that children across ages can use to create their genealogy depicting their family’s inheritance line and progenies. This activity requires minimum guidance and needs a magnetic board, a pack of large magnetic buttons, each family member’s passport-size solo photo, brown chart paper, hot glue gun or quick-fix glue, tree template, pencil, and scissors.

  1. Trace the tree template on the brown chart paper and cut out a tree-shaped piece of brown paper.
  2. Cut and stick each family member’s face on a magnetic button.
  3. Stick the tree cut-out on the magnetic board.
  4. Arrange the different magnetic buttons with family members’ pictures on the tree to form a family tree. Hang the board in your child’s room or any other place in your home.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can I research my family history for my family tree?

You can start your research by speaking with your parents, grandparents, and relatives for information. Alternatively, you can also use genealogy software or an online website that can create your family tree.

2. Can I include non-biological family members in my family tree?

Non-biological family members such as adopted siblings or step-parents and in-laws can be included in your family tree. It helps to provide a wider and more detailed picture of the members and relationships in your family.

3. What is the most important thing to remember when creating a family tree?

It is important to collect information from the most reliable sources. Avoid making assumptions and try to seek the consent of the members you add to the family tree.

4. Is it necessary to include dates and locations in my family tree?

It is your choice of how you present your family tree. Adding dates and locations helps provide comprehensive information and makes it easier to understand the timeline.

5. When should I update my family tree?

Your family tree can be updated in events such as births, deaths, and weddings. Other significant life events can also change your family tree. You need to regularly review your family tree to keep it up to date.

Families are an integral part of everyone’s life. And what better way to help your child learn about everyone other than with a family tree? Thus, we have prepared this list of creative family trees for kids that you can make for your child to understand the relations better. These family trees are easy to make and require simple stationery items available at home. You can also share interesting and funny family stories about your siblings with your child while making this craft and help them enhance their knowledge about the family.

Infographic: Types Of Family Units

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Key Pointers

  • Understanding family roots is crucial; introducing children to a family tree is vital.
  • You can include grandparents, uncles, cousins, and others in this tree, showing them as different branches based on when they were born.
  • Some fun family tree craft ideas include Heart-To-Heart Family Tree, Wooden Family Tree, Memory Book Family Tree, or Magnetic Family Tree.
  • While making the family tree, share exciting stories about family members to help your child remember relatives and strengthen family bonds.
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1. Trace your family tree; Age UK
2. BeTWEEN Families: Creating a Family Tree; The Pennsylvania State University

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