13 DIY Family History Crafts and Gifts

“What other ways can you show your heritage but making it into a fun DIY craft. There are actually so many ways to explore when it comes to presenting your family history. While doing it as fun family craft activity, the family can have that special moment of reminiscing the past and sharing untold stories.”


We know you’ve got them—countless family history paper and digital files, piles of old family photos, a family heirloom you don’t know what to do with, tucked away in a box. With the holiday season coming up, we’ve turned to Pinterest to get inspiration for creative (and easy-to-make) gifts and décor that let you share family history treasures and records with other family members. Use these 15 project ideas from Pinterest pinners and bloggers around the globe to inspire your own creativity. To replicate these crafters’ projects, follow the link with each project description for more photos and DIY details.
Family circle
 “My husband and I believe in decorating our home with things we absolutely love and that hold deep meaning for our family,” Jenn Erickson says. Guests can see her love for family history right when they come in: Erickson’s DIY family tree wreath is right by the front door (and shown on the opening page of this article). To create it, she selected two photos for each surname and made miniature copies to fit small photo frames (available from craft stores such as Michaels and Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts). The leaves are the surnames printed onto an old canvas dropcloth and cut out.
Using what’s on hand is fine for the wreath backing. “You don’t necessarily need a wreath form,” Erickson says. “You can use strong cardboard or a pool noodle cut to size and taped into a circle with duct tape.” Then cover the backing by wrapping it in ribbon, vintag-ey fabric or burlap.
Throw in the towels
Emma Jeffery, who writes the Hello Beautiful blog, didn’t want her grandmother’s handwritten recipes to sit unappreciated in a drawer. Printing the recipes on tea towels created something practical and let her see her grandmother’s writing every day.

Jeffery first took photos of the recipes, then used Picasa’s free photo-editing software to “clean up” the images (see the cards before and after). An online service called Spoonflower did the printing. “I asked them to print onto a linen/cotton canvas, which is the perfect fabric for tea towels,” Jeffery says. She recommends ordering extras—once people see them, you’re bound to get requests.

Crown jewelry
Susan Haskins loves to display family photos and heirlooms, so framing her grandmother’s vintage brooch was a project right up her alley. “I have such vivid childhood memories of her wearing that sparkly brooch on her favorite pink dress,” Haskins says.
She painted a small thrift store picture frame and covered the backing with a thin layer of batting and fabric. Then she pinned on the brooch and popped it into the frame. Get more details on Haskins’ blog. She suggests doing the same with whatever costume jewelry you’ve inherited. “For example, necklaces or bracelets can be displayed in a larger frame by securing the piece to the board using straight pins with pearl heads.”
{All images courtesy of http://www.familytreemagazine.com}