This year, my favorite gift was given to both our parents. I was inspired by THIS pin but wanted to create a family tree instead of a wreath. What an awesome way to decorate for Christmas and watch your family grow through the years!
The inspiration came LAST Christmas but I didn't have enough time to put it together so I saved it for this year. Fortunately, I was able to find marked down trees last year and picked up two, pre-lit, 3 ft trees. I was going for a vintage theme so this season, I picked up 2 gold/ivory/silver plaid mini tree skirts from Target along with glittered star tree toppers. I purchased a couple of yards of lace for trim from Hobby Lobby as well as a few strands of pearls. I collected the frames a little bit at a time but stuck with white, silver, and gold so that it would be easy to find matching frames as our families grow in the future.
Luckily for pictures, I had a great selection to choose from in my own files. I simply cropped and sized to fit orientation of the frames and printed them out on our home computer.
I wanted to personalize the tree skirts to read, "Thompson Family Tree," and "Pawelek Family Tree," so I bought some plain ivory fabric and cut it into a design and then trimmed it with eyelet lace. With a sewing machine, I attached them to the tree skirts and used fabric marker to hand write the rest. I also added vintage brooches I had in my jewelry box to the stars.
For wrapping, I had silver and kraft paper which I thought went really well with the gift inside (I love to match;). I numbered each box in the order it was to be opened.
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