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DIY Non-Traditional Framing For Your Genealogy Wall Chart

DIY Non-Traditional Framing For Your Genealogy Wall Chart

We love being inspired by our customers and when Kelly over at @magnifyingmotherhood posted this gorgeous picture of her family tree chart we were beyond impressed!

Traditional framing can get expensive (shop the sales!), so DIY non-traditional framing can be a great way to save some money and create an even more custom piece to complement your unique style and space.

How did Kelly create this beautiful display? In her own words:

It was so easy!! I glued it with modge podge onto MDF board and then grabbed clips from Office Depot and hooked them on a nail - simple!!

Note: To save you all some googling, if you're not familiar with it, MDF board stands for medium density fiberboard, and you can get it at pretty much any home improvement store (Lowes, Home Depot, etc.) When I've bought it before, they've cut it to size for me as well, so don't be afraid to ask!

Back to Kelly's setup. Since everyone was also asking about her adorable DIY flower box underneath we'll let you in on her secret. Again in her own words (thank you Instagram comments!)

They were on an old wreath that someone gave me and then it broke. So I ripped off the flowers (they are made of thin wood pedals) and glued them into the wood box. All about repurposing right?

Amen to that! Ready to create your own custom family tree so you can get framing? Choose a starting template here.

Want to check out Kelly's original post? View it here.

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DIY Family Tree Placemats

One of the great things about Family Tree Prints is the flexibility of what you do with your custom family tree once you've created it. Once you've input your names, customized and ordered your family tree chart, you own the file, and can do anything you want with it (other than resell it) including printing it off as many times as you want! One prime DIY activity to do with your unlimited printing privileges is creating placements (for your own table, grandchildren, a family reunion, etc.) What could be easier than printing off a bunch of 11" x 17" or 12" x 18" charts and laminating them?

Looking for some different ways to execute this? They will, of course, look fabulous if you create matching placements starting from one of our carefully crafted templates! Another idea that will get every member of your family (that wants to be!) involved is to choose to start from either our Classic White family tree template, or our White Simplicity family tree template, and then letting individual family members color on and decorate their chart before you do the lamination. It's a little reminiscent of the "Pedigree Picasso" competition we ran at Rootstech, where kids were challenged to use their creativity to turn a fan or circle chart into something else (animal, spaceship, etc.), but you can keep it as kid-friendly or classically classy as you want!

Ready to add a little more family to your family dinner? Get started on your own DIY placements by choosing your starting template! (P.S. These also make a FANTASTIC gift for parents or grandparents!)


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How To Make A Family Tree: DIY Rainbow Family Tree Chart

How To Make A Family Tree: DIY Rainbow Family Tree Chart

There are lots of DIYs these days, but did you know you can DIY within our family tree maker? That's right; the templates are just a starting point for the creative mind, although they also look fabulous without tweaking. So there's something for everyone.

A month or so ago, someone asked if we had a rainbow template since her daughter LOVES rainbows. While we don't have a template for that (yet!) for now you can DIY one and it looks absolutely fabulous! You can watch the making of the chart below in 5 minutes, but (full disclosure here) I did speed some parts up, so the entire process took me about 20 minutes, including some final tweaking I did before finalizing the chart as shown above. If you want a chart EXACTLY like this here are all the details.

Red: HEX FF6767
Orange: HEX FCB900
Yellow: HEX FCE770
Green: HEX 95D847
Blue: HEX 0693E3
Purple: HEX C371FF





To create the family tree print...

1) Start with any 7 generation fan chart.

2) Cell by cell go through and change the background color and the font color. To do that, just click on the Individual Tab in the left sidebar, and then click the color swatch under Background Color and Text Color respectively. Once you've selected those colors, click into the next cell in your chart you'd like to change and do the same thing again.

3) Once you've colored all 6 color bands, make sure the center circle has a white background, and you can play with the radius of that circle to broaden the rainbow arc on the Generation Tab (select First Generation from the drop down).

4) Final touches include changing the font size for each generation as desired to maximize readability (on the Generation Tab), changing to whatever font you'd like to use (on the Chart Tab--I used Montserrat!), and adjusting Line Width (on the Chart Tab)! Now your family tree print is complete!

This post is part of our Art With The Chart series. To view more creative ways to personalize your chart, click here or to view more tutorials, visit our Tutorial Help Center!


Let us know how your DIY Rainbow turned out in the comments below! Can you think of another clever DIY idea using a fan chart? 

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