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Giving Tree Family Tree

With its warm gray tone and beautiful details, this drawing by New York artist Melinda Beck has a sophisticated charm and a pleasing symmetry that's perfect for an elegant family tree.



  1. Step 1

    Download tree and name tag templates. (The tags should be printed on artist's paper; see Tools and Materials list, above.) Save tree template on a USB flash drive, and take to a copy center to print on a piece of watercolor paper. Our poster fit a 22-by-30-inch frame, but you can print it on a single sheet of paper sized to fit your frame.

  2. Step 2

    Using craft knife, cut out name tags on mat. (Keep larger tags for recent names.) Paint edges with gold ink. When dry, write names and birth dates.

  3. Step 3

    Brush paste onto back of tags, and position on tree. (Use ruler to keep lines straight.)