Turning Genealogy Into A Gift

Family History Craft
Turn a photo of an ancestor into a gift

In January, my awesome Grandmother passed away at the age of nearly 92. She was so full of energy and had the most amazing laugh you’ve ever enjoyed. She loved her family, and her family loved her. She was a bad cook, despite the fact that her mother was known for being an excellent cook. She was a widow from 1977 to 2012, which to me is a LONG time to be without the love of your life.

My aunt was Grannie’s caretaker for the last 9 years of her life. My aunt says Grannie really was fairly self-reliant until the last year. I knew having Grannie gone would be tough for my absolutely amazing aunt. When it was craft night at church, and this project came up, I knew what to do. I made a copy of the photo my aunt never knew existed and mounted it on this tile. When my aunt saw it, I knew I had made something amazing for her.

It’s fairly straightforward.

  1. Use a copy of a heritage photo (or printed family tree).
  2. Obtain a piece of tile. They come in various sizes from home improvement stores (or from goodwill ‘restore’ type place). The tile we used was 6×6.
  3. Select complimentary scrapbook or wrapping paper and cut to size.
  4. Lay a thin layer of Mod Podge on the tile with a foam brush.
  5. Place photo and decorative paper on the adhesive. Smooth with fingers or specialty tool.
  6. Cover the photo and paper with another layer of Mod Podge.
  7. Glue ribbons and attach sticker embellishments

What creations have you made to turn genealogy into a gift?

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee is passionate about capturing and preserving family stories so no one alive today has to be researched, or forgotten, tomorrow. She has authored 6 how-to books, a memoir, two published family history biographies, and over 60 family scrapbooks. She's an enthusiastic speaker who energizes, encourages, and educates at the same time.

2 thoughts on “Turning Genealogy Into A Gift

  1. I love your idea of scrapbooking on tile! The instructions sound so easy that I'm going to give it a try 🙂 Just one question, though. For no. 7 (glue ribbons and attach embellishments), what type of glue did you use? Do you need special adhesive for gluing something on Mod Podge?

  2. Great question. I hot glued my ribbon. With the stickers, I used the adhesive that came with the stickers. Glue Dots would also work. Hope that helps. Please let me know how it turns out.

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