Carved Wood Family Tree Sign

My 2 main hobbies are genealogy and crafting. With a 3-year-old and 1-year-old, I haven’t much time for either one (which is why it’s been years since my last blog post). I’m now getting my crafting going again, starting with these carved wood family tree signs!!!

I previously had some printed fan charts displayed on my wall, but I didn’t like that you couldn’t read them from more than a couple feet away. This instead is a simple and attractive way to display our family tree, and because it is made of solid wood it’ll last for years to come.

For my personal tree, I began with my kids’ names in the center position. Then my husband’s name is above them and me below. From there the tree expands up and down for a total of 4 generations.

Since there are living individuals in my tree, I can’t display it online. But here is another one I did beginning with my grandparents.

As you can see, instead of children’s names in the center I used their wedding date. I’ve also thought about doing a short phrase in the middle. The possibilities are endless! These would make great gifts for christmas, weddings, anniversaries, baby showers, etc.

For more info or to place an order, click here!

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Family History Dry Erase Coloring Book

My son isn’t quite old enough to color, but he already won’t sit still during church, so I found this awesome family history coloring book and turned it into a reusable dry erase book for him to use someday. The best part is that it cost less than $3 to make!

I found this Family History Coloring Book at Deseret Book for 85 cents. You can also purchase them from any LDS Distribution Center or online. If you order online you can get them in any of these languages:

  • Chinese
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

If you prefer to print the coloring book yourself instead, click here to download it for free!

Once I had my book, I removed the staples and used my paper trimmer to cut right down the center fold line. I discarded the back cover, so there were a total of 11 pages (front cover + 10 coloring pages).

I then placed each page inside a laminating pouch and ran it through my laminator. I use the 5 mil pouches because they are more durable than the 3 mil ones. If you print the pages yourself, you will need to place 2 pages back-to-back inside each laminating pouch.

To finish off the book I just used a 3-hole-punch and 3 keyrings to bind it together. I plan to use dry erase crayons with mine because they are less messy and won’t dry out like markers.

Also for those of you who are LDS, there is a Book of Mormon coloring book available from Deseret Book, the distribution center, or free download.