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Hand-Lettered Family Tree

The design of this tree is a simple arrangement of names in white ink on brown paper. It is an easy and rewarding project to work on with your children.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 1999


  1. Begin by forming the tree's trunk with all the names of the present generation of siblings.

  2. Create two branches, which move off to the left and right, to represent each parent; the length of each person's name will determine the length of each of the branches. Annotate their marriage date with a little twig that shoots off from the base of where these branches join.

  3. Grandparents, great-grandparents, and so on form the subsequent splits in the branches. Each V marks a spot where two people were joined in marriage. At the base of each split, mark the marriage date with a little twig.

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