Family Tree Portrait

  • Young Adult
  • Grades 1-3

Paint a family tree to showcase your family's genealogy.


  • 25 Pack Assorted Paint Brushes
  • Green Fuzzy Sticks
  • Acrylic Paint Jars, 24 Assorted colors
  • Mini Craft Sticks
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Foam Sheet - green
  • Card-stock Paper
  • Photocopies of your family


Step 1. Gather your supplies. 

Step 2.

On the computer or on a photocopier, shrink down family pictures so that they are no larger than 2 x 2 inches large. Form a oval frame around each picture with a green Fuzzy Stick. Cut off the excess Fuzzy Stick.

Step 3. 

Glue the oval Fuzzy Stick around the picture and cut out the framed image. Repeat so that all of your family pictures are now framed with green Fuzzy Sticks.

Step 4.

Take a piece of paper and draw a tree. Tip: if you plan to make a “Family Tree Portrait” for both sets of grandparents you might want to photocopy the picture or the tree.

Step 5.

Paint the tree. Tip use a sponge brush to create the texture of the leaves.

Step 6.

Paint a tree branch for each member of your family

Step 7. 

Once paint is dry, glue on the frames of your family pictures. Tip: Glue your grandparents on the trunk of the tree, you and your immediate family on the branch directly above your grandparents and then glue extended family members to the additional branches. This demonstrates a family tree structure.

Step 8.

Directly below the image of your grandparents, glue (4) Mini Craft Sticks.

Step 9.

Draw a leaf shape on a sheet of green foam and cut out with scissors. Repeat this for each member of the family located on the branches.

Step 10.

Using a small paintbrush, paint the names of all of your family members on the leaves.

Step 11.

Paint the names of your grandparents on the Mini Craft Stick Sign.

Your Family Tree Masterpiece is now ready to give as a heartfelt gift to your grandparents!

Further Discussion: Take this opportunity to have children discuss something interesting about their family and family members. Each family has a story. What is your family’s story?