Sooner or later the time comes when the children ask about where they came from. Who was my great-grandmother? Did Grandpa have any brothers and sisters? The easiest way to playfully explain a child's relations is a family tree, because every face can instantly be put to the names and the family ties become visible at a glance without much explanation thanks to the photos.
But why create a boring family tree that just gathers dust somewhere in a drawer later on, when you can integrate your personal family tree on the wall in your living room or children's room at home? Today I’m going to show you how you can create an exceptional mosaic look family tree using ifolor retro prints.
The somewhat different family tree
The family tree made with retro prints is easy and quick to make and a great project for a Sunday afternoon with the kids. While you’re sticking the pictures on the wall, you can also tell the little ones stories about the individual family members or explain the individual family ties! In addition, all you need is a bit of craft material to create your family tree.
- Digitised photos
- Washi tape
- Double-sided adhesive tape/strips
- Felt tip
Your digitalised snapshots
Digitalised snapshots are best for your family tree because you probably still have some old photos at home that are just waiting to be used. Maybe you'll even find old black and white photos of your parents or grandparents!
As these photos are certainly too valuable to stick directly on the wall, it’s recommended that you order them as retro prints for the family tree. The advantage: all the photos are in the same format and the white retro look edge makes it possible to integrate the family members’ names and dates of birth directly into the family tree.
Then you can use Washi tape to connect the photos together and show the different family ties. Washi tape is now available in all colours and shapes, printed or plain, and can therefore be adapted to suit the colour of the living room or children's room
My tip: Use double-sided adhesive tapes made especially for this purpose to attach your photos, because they can be quickly removed later without leaving any residue on the wall and photos!
It doesn’t always have to be a "classic" family tree though! If you prefer to do your crafts without Washi tape, you can try out different shapes in the same way. For example, the retro prints can also be used to create great mosaic pictures. A heart-shaped family tree would be something else, wouldn't it?
Create a family tree for generations – with a family tree your family can see their shared history at a glance. A family tree with retro prints is also a great eye-catcher for your home living room or children's room wall!
What’s the easiest way to digitise your photos?
You’re not exactly sure what the easiest way is to digitise your analogue photos? Read our tips in the inspire blog about digitalised snapshots and you can find out straight away how to create your own family chronicle!
Samira is actually an art history student, but she has always had a passion for writing. It all started with small blog articles about her biggest hobby: traveling.
Now she writes about all sorts of creative aspects of life, and for some time she has also been supporting ifolor with her articles. Because she is most drawn towards reporting she is especially happy to be starting a master degree course in Cultural Journalism in September.