Burlap and Balsa Family Tree

Project Designed By:

KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood
Burlap and Balsa Family Tree


Celebrate the history of your family with this personalized family tree. Names can be added to each of the leaves with marker, expanding as your family grows throughout the years! Great for your mantel, or as a special birthday or holiday gift.


  • Sheets of balsa wood
  • Silhouette of a tree
  • Silhouette of branches
  • Silhouette of leaves
  • Burlap canvas
  • White paint
  • Small permanent marker
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Krazy Glue Craft


  1. Paint the center of the burlap canvas with white paint and let dry.
  2. Trace the silhouette of the tree, branches and leaves onto the balsa wood sheets with pencil. When designing your silhouette, it’s important to pre-determine the number of branches and leaves needed for your individual family tree. Design the silhouette accordingly.
  3. Cut out the pencil outlines with scissors.
  4. Glue the base of the tree to the canvas with Krazy Glue. Next, adhere the branches and the leaves to the canvas. Let dry.
  5. Finally, write the names of the family members on the tree with a fine-tipped permanent marker.