Family Tree Frame with Vinyl

Hello Friends!  It’s that time again, our monthly Silhouette Challenge Group Post!  Yippee!  This month’s challenge theme is DIY GIFTS!  And as always, our fellow Silhouette Challenge Group have some pretty amazing products to offer up!

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There’s never really a shortage of gift ideas on my Pinterest boards.  I love receiving AND GIVING handmand gifts because they are just more personal.  This gift, though, blows me away with how simple yet personal it really is!  Introducing our DIY Family Tree Frame with Vinyl!

DIY Family Tree with Vinyl by My Paper Craze

I think this is such a cute gift idea for Mother’s Day but it could be used for almost any occasion!

Supply List:

1.  Picture frame

2.  Adhesive vinyl

3.  Clear transfer tape

4.  Silhouette scraper tool

5.  Silhouette cutting machine

6.  Scissors

7.  Scroll Tree (by Hero Arts) Cut File from the Silhouette Online Store

How To:

I started out by creating my design in Silhouette Studio.  I measured the inside edge of my picture frame so that I could resize my design. I then grouped the shapes and text by color to cut on my Silhouette.

DIY Family Tree with Vinyl by My Paper Craze

I could have welded the names to the tree shape and cut them as one piece.  BUT, to add a little extra dimension to the image, I placed my tree shape on the back of the glass and applied the text (and additional shapes) to the front of the glass.  Be sure to horizontally flip any part of your design that you put on the back of the glass.  Once I was satisfied with the placement I applied the vinyl and burnished it.

DIY Family Tree with Vinyl by My Paper Craze

Adding the shapes and text to the front of the glass was merely lining them up with the tree shape. I prefer to use clear transfer tape whenever I’m doing any type of layering.

DIY Family Tree with Vinyl by My Paper Craze

Not only do I love having our own little family tree, I just simile every time I see the middle heart with “D+B”.  It’s such a classic touch!

DIY Family Tree with Vinyl by My Paper Craze

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  1. Ellen Christian (@ellenblogs)

    You did an amazing job! I agree, I love the little heart at the center too!

  2. Briick by Briick

    OMG, I love this project. We are huge family tree buffs here so image this with all the generations. I am seriously thinking how can I do this for a big family reunion. I pinned this so I could refer back.


  3. DIY Just Cuz Team

    This is the most perfect gift! My mom would adore this gift…I’d definitely have to add way more branches though haha! 🙂
    Great job!

  4. Pam - GetSilvered

    What a brilliant gift idea. I love how the names are sitting along the branches. The little doggy addition is so cute too.

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  6. Carrie From Carrie This Home

    I love this family tree! It’s so pretty, meaningful and classy!

  7. Cheryl W

    I love this so much! The tree is beautiful.

  8. Kelly of Simply Kelly Designs

    This is such a wonderful idea!

  9. Donna

    Love the beautiful family tree!! Where did you get the lovely tree? I would love to make this for my in-laws —it’s the perfect tree and has the exact limbs for their family.

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Awesome, Donna! We got the tree from the Silhouette Online Store. Here’s the link, it’s design #6981-scroll tree by Hero Arts.

  10. Glo.

    What method did you use to curve the names to follow the shape of the branches? What a pretty and meaningful gift this would make. Thank you!

  11. Glo.

    Would you mind sharing what method you used to curve the first names to follow the shape of the branches? This would make an awesome and meaningful gift. Thank you!

  12. Glo

    Could you share how you curved the first names to follow the shape of the branches? This would make an awesome and meaningful gift. Thank you!

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      I’m so sorry I didn’t see this question sooner. It takes a little big of practice or at least it did for me but it’s often referred to as “text to path”. The best instruction I have found is a video on youtube by Clever Someday. The trick to it is figuring out what size text to use and it just depends on the size of your tree shape.

  13. Lisa

    This is beautiful ! How do get the glass to stay in with no back? Does it have a back?

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Once I put the design on the glass I then placed the glass back in the frame and ran a bead of hot glue around it. Thanks for stopping by.

  14. Nichcole

    Would you be interested in selling a few of these? I do not have a silhouette but LOVE this and would love to give as gifts for Mother’s Day. Thank you

  15. Vivian

    How do you apply the vinyl to the back of the glass? I know you have to mirror the design, but do you then have to apply the vinyl directly on the back of the glass so the back of the vinyl is what is actually showing?

  16. Vivian

    How do you apply the design to the back of the glass? I know you need to mirror the image, but do you apply the vinyl directly to the back of the glass so it’s actually the back of the vinyl that you see through the front?

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Yes, the color of vinyl you use should be the same on both sides.

  17. Jen

    What font did you use for “because” and “love”?

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Hey Jen! The font is Samantha Upright. Thanks for stopping by.

  18. Sonia

    How did you do the initials in the heart?

  19. Julie Andrus

    Could I ask what Font you used on the names and in the phrase?

  20. Darla

    What size font did you use

  21. Elizabeth Cummins

    Hi! I was wondering if you could tell me how you cut out your names separate but still kept the curve ? I’m having trouble when I go to cut out the tree with the names it only wants to cut out the part of the tree that doesn’t connect to the name, any idea on how to fix that ?

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