Family Tree

You  Need:
white paint
brown card stock
green card stock
My in-laws are truly amazing people. When the holidays come around my husband and I struggle with what to buy them. Sometimes we just pick something even though we know they don't really need or want it.  Recently I figured out that they would much rather have something personal, thoughtful and most importantly involving their beloved grandchildren. Its funny that this took me ten plus years to figure out that they don't want or need more "stuff". Actually I think I always kind of knew but I didn't want to admit it. This year I came up with the idea to make them a family tree. I bought a piece of wood at a craft store for under $10. I watered down white acrylic paint and used a sponge brush to paint it onto the wood. I bought a sheet of brown and green card stock  I used a die cut machine to cut out the tree shape. If you don't have access to one you could find an outline of a tree image that you like online print it on paper and cut it out. I printed the names and birthdays of our family members and cut each one out into a leaf shape. I used all purpose craft glue to the tree and leaves to the board. Last I used mod podge with a matte finish to seal the entire thing.

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