Photo Family Tree


  • Large shadow box-style picture frame (we used one approximately 2’x2’)
  • Decorative wrapping paper
  • Spray adhesive
  • Large branch or twig
  • Card stock or decorative paper with the names of your family members
  • Craft glue
  • Copper wire
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Garden shears
  • Wire cutters


  1. Using a pencil, trace the back of your shadow box onto your decorative wrapping paper. Cut paper to size.

  2. Spray the back of the decorative paper with a light coat of spray adhesive and attach to the picture frame backing.

  3. Gently tear the edges of the family member’s names. (You can also cut them at a straight-edge with scissors.)

  4. Place your branch and names onto your canvas to see how you want to lay everything out. Depending on how many family members and how big your photos are, you can vary the layout to your taste. (Trim branch with garden shears, if necessary.)

  5. Attach family names to canvas using a light coat of spray adhesive.

  6. Place your family photos under your cookie cutters and trace them using a pencil. Cut with scissors or utility knife. Using craft glue, attach pictures to the back of the cookie cutter in a shadow box effect.

  7. After glue has dried on photos, use copper wire to attach your cookie cutter to the branch. Depending on the shape and size of cookie cutter, you can loop the wire around the cookie cutter, or attach with hot glue if necessary.

  8. Place branch in shadow box, ensuring it will not move once the back cover is closed. Close and complete!