Family History Wall Art

  • Difficulty Rating: Beginner
Family History Wall Art

Every family has a history. A story to tell.

Learning our family history gives each of us a place in the family structure and explains where we came from, how we fit in and how the family has grown and changed over time.

To document your family history, make a family wall art canvas. This project can easily be modified into a scrapbook layout that would go into an album. Display photographs up on the wall, so that family can see them often and can talk about the people in the photographs.

To begin, choose a 16 by 20 inch canvas and primed it with white acrylic paint.


While the paint was still wet, spritz the canvas with some yellow mist and patted into the canvas. Let it dry for a couple of hours. This will make the canvas looked a bit aged.


Once the canvas dried, choose few patterned papers and punched out 2.25-inch squares from them using the new 3X lever punches. Arranged them onto the canvas.Matte them with cream cardstock and inked all the edges with some brown ink. You can also run the inkpad along the edges of the canvas to distress it a bit.


Scan all of your ancestor’ photographs, and using a photo editing software, added a title to each photo. Print the photos and trimmed them to size. You could instead include your handwriting and write who is in the photograph using an archival safe pen.


Add a couple of blocks without photos, as decorative blocks to add some interest to the canvas. Use squeeze punches and buttons. Then adhered all the photo squares onto the canvas using glue dots.


Finally added the title “family” and added some cardstock beneath it and ran a strip of burlap to finish the canvas. Cut the V shape from cardstock using the Microtip scissor and then used a regular pencil to give a slight curl to it.