How to Make a Wooden Family Tree

If you would like to display your family lineage in a unique and interesting way, then putting your family tree on a wooden panel is a really fun way to go. A family genealogy chart doesn’t always have to be mapped out on paper and then hidden away in a book or a family Bible. There a number of craft ideas that you can utilize to create a special way to share your family’s history with others. If you enjoy genealogy research, as well as being creative artistically, then making a family tree utilizing wood might be just the project for you. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Things You'll Need

  • Hooks
  • Brushes
  • Wood Carving Tools
  • Wood Burner
  • Paint

Use wood carving tools to carve your family tree. If you enjoy the process of wood carving or think it might be a great hobby for you, then carving your family tree on a beautiful wooden panel, perhaps for display on a wall inside or outside your rustic cabin, might be an ideal choice for you.

Try wood burning. Buy a wood burning kit at your local store or online. Wood burning kits are relatively inexpensive. You can purchase wood burning supplies at a store like Wal-Mart, where you can also buy small wood panels, wood letters and a variety of other wood burning accessories. It’s important that you practice wood burning before you begin your larger project, as it takes a little while to get the hang of how the tool works.

Create individual panels. Another way to approach using wood as a way to display your family tree is to carve your ancestors' family names individually on smaller wooden panels, attach a hook in the back, and utilize a larger wall space to place each individual name or those of married couple for display just as they would appear on any genealogical chart. Try to arrange the overall effect to look like a tree.

Paint your family tree onto a wooden panel or use it in combination with your wood burning or carving ideas for creating your chart. If you intend to display your work outside, make sure to use a paint that is specifically made to better withstand the natural elements.


  • Wear protective gear and take necessary precautions whenever you are working with materials that pose a risk of injury. Remember to provide supervision for young children when they are using wood burning equipment or carving tools.