The New Family Tree: What Wall Art Is Doing To Bring Unity To Your Unit

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Once upon a time, back in the '60s and '70s, people would have photos of family members plastered all over a wall in their homes. Sometimes it was the wall going up the stairs to the bedrooms. Sometimes it was a hallway or foyer wall. Sometimes it was a living room wall, with dozens of framed pictures of family members and extended family members. It just depended on the family and where Mom wanted the photos hung. 

Enter the modern era, where family photos are carried in digital format on your phone. That all-important wall of family pictures is a bygone-era sort of thing, but it does not have to be. In fact, modern family trees in photos are making a comeback in a variety of formats. Take a look. 

The Every-Year-Your-Child-Grows Picture Frame

These are an odd throwback to paper picture days, but strangely enough, they are still one of the leading baby shower gifts. There are eighteen photo circles set in a frame. Often, the mat with the cut out circles is decorated for a boy or girl, but more neutrally decorated mats are the norm now. When your baby is born, and every year thereafter, a new photo is added to the corresponding circle cut out of the mat. The idea is to have a complete set of photos detailing your child's life and appearance as he/she grows into an adult. These are on display where most proud parents want everyone to see the pictures of their kids. 

The Family Tree Wall Art

This family wall art for sale in most craft and furniture decor stores is a massive applique in the form of a tree. Each branch frames a spot where you hang a framed photo of a family member. You can make this art as big or as small as you want, and include or exclude extended family members as you choose. 

The Married Photo Collection

If your family is lucky enough to have wedding photos dating all the way back to 1860 when photography really started taking off, then you can put family wedding photos on display. Starting with the earliest wedding photos, you create a literal timeline of family weddings so that everyone can see who married who. You will be able to see very quickly where you got your nose, and your cheekbone structure, and even where your genetics played a part in your height.