Framed Family Tree
Stephanie Inman prints black-and-white family pictures and attaches them to bottle caps on a tray frame for her cherished family tree.
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Stephanie Inman got her degree in architecture, but is now a graphic designer.
Materials and Tools:
computer, scanner, printer
patterned scrapbooking paper
glue gun and hot glue sticks
large tray approx. 22" x 15"
curly willow or grapevine
small plastic or silk flowers
adhesive-backed vinyl flooring square
1. Scan and crop family photos. Print them in black-and-white on glossy paper — all the same size so that they will fit on the top of bottle caps.
5. Paint a vintage wood tray in desired colors. Cut a piece of mat board the size of the bottom of the tray and paint it to match the tray. Let dry.
6. Apply spray adhesive to the back of a piece of scrapbooking paper in a well-ventilated area. Position the paper near the bottom of the mat board where the roots will be and adhere it to the board. Trim the edges. Add a ruler-patterned strip of paper across the top of the paper.
7. Sketch the tree shape on the mat board above the scrapbook paper in pencil. Cut and arrange the curly willow branches into the tree branches according to the sketch. Hot-glue the willow branches to the mat board. Hot-glue little flowers in selected areas.
8. Hot-glue moss to the bottom of the tree.
9. Cut a rectangle from a slate-patterned vinyl tile. Print out the word "ROOTS" on the computer and hot-glue to the vinyl. Cut a piece of foam core slightly smaller than the vinyl rectangle.
11. Cut two small rectangles of foam core and hot-glue them to the ends of the larger foam core rectangle.
14. Hot-glue the mesh leaves to the tray. Glue the name leaves on top of them. At the end of each leaf, use industrial adhesive to attach a washer and a bottle cap.