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Heirloom Family Tree in a Glass Dome

A random assortment of family keepsakes, from a grandfather's spectacles to a baby's christening spoon, takes on a cohesive, deliberate look that's almost Victorian when encased in a delicate glass dome. The little tree is a lightweight branch bought from a florist, then spray-painted matte gold and held upright with epoxy.




  • Handsaw
  • 18-inch manzanita branch (or use branch from yard)
  • Glass dome and wooden base
  • Sandpaper
  • Spray paint
  • Epoxy
  • Name-tag templates
  • Fine-tip pen
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Family curios and keepsakes
  • Museum wax


  1. Step 1

    Using saw, trim and prune branch to fit inside dome. Sand bottom of branch so it rests flat. Spray-paint, and let dry.

  2. Step 2

    Determine spot on wooden base to anchor branch so dome fits over it. Mix epoxy, following package instructions, and adhere branch to base. Let dry completely, and cure.

  3. Step 3

    Print the name-tag templates and write names and birth dates. Using craft knife, cut out name tags on mat.

  4. Step 4

    Carefully position and hang family curios and keepsakes, starting with the name tag of the family member of your choice at the bottom and working up. Use small balls of museum wax to balance or anchor things in place and to attach tags. Cover with glass dome.



Reviews (2)

  • EylulsMom 19 Dec, 2014

    what are we using spray paint for? Base or branch?

  • crafter 2 May, 2013

    This is the best show piece idea I'd seen in a long time! Very original!