Shower Details - Family Tree Shadowbox

I made several gifts for my friend Sarah, who is expecting her first child in June.  Even though it required the least amount of work (and money), I think my favorite project was a family tree shadowbox.

Prior to the shower, I had secretly reached out to both Sarah's mother and mother-in-law to get pictures of Sarah and her husband Adam for a potential project or display at the shower.  They kindly sent me some adorable baby pictures of not only Sarah and Adam but also of themselves and their husbands.  I knew that I had to do something with these little treasures.

I'm not sure where I first saw it, but I had recalled seeing an adorable family tree shadowbox by Martha Stewart.  I still can't seem to find it on Martha Stewart's website, but I was able to track it down on another blog.  
Martha Stewart via Poppytalk

I began with a simple white shadowbox that I picked up from Michael's.  With a sale and a coupon, I was able to nab it for under $10.  

Before jumping in, I got all my pieces ready. 

First,  I made a sheet of the photos in Microsoft Word, applying a sepia tone to all and cropping each to a circle (which are both functions available in newer versions of Word).  I printed these off on photo paper.  I also printed out all the needed names in a fun font (Japan, free from Dafont.com) on green cardstock.

Next, I punched out the photos with my circle punch (but can just as easily be cut out) and cut
the leaves out.

For added stability, I pasted each photo to a circle of cardstock.

To give some dimension to the leaves, I folded the the plain ones in half.  To get a clean fold, I suggest scoring first with the non-sharp side of an Xacto knife blade. 

Finally, I picked up a twig in our courtyard.

Once disassembled, using spray adhesive I covered the back of the shadowbox with some light blue fabric and trimmed to size.  No need to worry about the edges.  The frame covers that up.

Next, I assembled everything using hot glue.  First, the twig.  Then, the photos, which I mounted on little squares of foam board, and finally, the leaves.  Since Brooks has not yet joined us, I left a blank circle for Sarah to add a photo to later.   

Finally, I cut some decorative corners out of green cardstock, and attached them directly to the frame (inside the glass) using hot glue.

 I reassembled the frame, and TA DA...


  1. I was hoping this tutorial would make it onto the blog! I love it.

  2. This is adorable! What a great idea.

  3. Oh Mandy if this required the least amount of work, my un-crafty self can't imagine what's to come! So cute!


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