This idea comes from our friend Ashley Poskin. "Family trees are a beautiful way to pay tribute to your heritage," she says. "It might seem like a huge undertaking, but once you get started, it's a really enjoyable way to connect with family near and far while learning about your roots. Our family tree is made using paint strip samples that you can find at any paint store for free. Choose colors you love, or meaningful colors for your family."
Before you start, outline your family tree to include as many generations as you like. Count the number of people in each generation, so you know how many colors of each paint strip sample to bring home from the paint shop. You can color coordinate your family tree however you like; we chose to do ours according to generation. Maternal and paternal sides can be the same colors for each generation, or different colors completely—it's totally customizable. We found that five generations stamped with a 1-inch circle punch and arranged in this specific pattern fit perfectly into a 16-by-20-inch frame. If you use larger circles, increase the size of your frame or canvas.
For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of family trees.