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Family Tree

My grandmother is turning 85 in a month, and I know she would love a family tree with pictures of everyone in her family as a present. She LOVES pictures and all the walls in her room are covered with them. The problem is, I'm not really sure how to execute this idea so it looks professional. I will have the whole thing framed and such, but I'm having trouble coming up with ideas for how to make the actual tree. Should I craft an actual tree and glue on pictures? Should I go for the geometric approach and just connect everyone with lines?

Please share any ideas you might have! Thanks!


Ideas outside the "framed" concept?

What I think would be cool to do is a mobile of some sort, with all the photos dancing and twirling, could be cool if you took the time and had the skills.

But I do think an actual sculptureal tree if somesort (could just be a spraypainted tree branch in a pot/vace with the photos nicely attached would be really cool as well!

As for on paper, maybe watercolor a tree, and possibly sketch photos of your loved ones in their places? I think that would be something she would surely treasure!

Good luck and take photos of what you did, I am curious to see!
How about something unique - some actual tree branches, or perhaps some strong tree bark glued on the background? Some pieces of bark could even hold the images, etc...
Here is a link with a few shadowboxes, the third one down has a family tree idea.
I'd do a poster frame with a tree in the background and more-or-less accurately placed pics along the family 'branches'. I like the idea of real tree branches with ornament shaped pics going up each branch< but I don't like the dust-collecting factor.
What immediately came to mind for me is creating a wall decal in the shape of a tree or just painting a tree on the wall that these pictures will go on. I have the image of a bare tree in mind, but adding leaves would work too. I'm not sure if all your pictures are already framed or if you plan to frame the entire thing as a whole.

Here's some sites with info about wall decals: Threadbanger and Instructables

I like the other suggestions about actual tree branches as well. Good luck!