Giant Family Tree
At our family reunion this summer, we created an ENORMOUS family tree made of handprints.
- 1 king-sized flat sheet
- A variety of cute fabrics
- Iron-on “Heat-n-Bond” (bonds between two fabrics) … we used the super strong no-sew kind
- Each family member’s hand to trace
- Fabric marker
We ironed the paper-backed “Heat-n-Bond” onto the fabric ahead of time, then at the reunion, we simply asked each family member to trace their hand and write their name on the back. In our down-time at the reunion, a few of us cut out hands and pinned them to the sheet so everyone could admire the project (then we returned home and ironed them all on permanently) … Now we have a banner to pull out at future reunions! (I guess we’ll add birds or apples or something to represent any new family members.)
Each generation is represented by a different fabric. Direct descendants of Grandma & Grandpa are in green and spouses are in yellow.
We added 3 extra generations to our tree by writing our ancestors’ names on the roots.
And we time-stamped this massive “descendancy chart” by labeling it with the date and reunion information.