Make a beautiful tree of life SVG with all your family member names on it!
Today is my Grandma’s 80th birthday and I made her a beautiful family tree with the names of all of her kids, grand-kids, and great-grand-kids! This week has been crazy, and I only had the idea for this project yesterday afternoon! Yet because I know how to make SVG cut files, I was able to design this tree of life SVG from scratch in just one hour and cut it out right away! Really and truly. I recorded myself designing it here if you want to watch. It’s about as exciting as watching paint dry, but it is legit and genuine, mistakes and all.
Watch the design video here:
And… did you know that SVG cut files aren’t just for Cricut cutting machines … but ANYTHING that cuts like this? So yeah, the Silhouette and Brother and so on. But even things like the Glowforge laser cutting machine!
So I decided to cut and engrave this family tree project on my Glowforge with the SAME SVG I would have used to cut it from cardstock or vinyl on my Cricut. Here’s the finished project:
I lovelovelove being able to create SVGs! It has opened up a world of options for me on both my cutting machines and laser cutter!
And you could do this too! Learn how to design SVGs to make beautiful things in my CUT ABOVE Design Course!
In my course, I show you exactly how to do it and you’ll be amazed at what you can make! The best part, though, is that after taking my course you will have the skills to design ANY cuttable design you want. The world of craft design will be completely open to you! Enrollment is currently closed for this course, but I hope to open it again in the spring. You can get on my waiting list for the CUT ABOVE course here.
In the meantime, you may be interested in learning how to create SVG cut files in Inkscape in this step-by-step tutorial.
But whether or not you want to learn how to make SVGs, I want to share this family tree SVG with you today! So I’m including my materials that I used to make this below in the event you want to replicate it exactly.
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Materials & Tools to Make a Wood Family Tree with Names
- Medium Cherry Plywood, 12″ x 20″ (1/8″ thick)
- Light Maple Hardwood, 6″ x 12″ (1/8″ thick)
- Teal Acrylic, 12″ x 20″ (1/8″ thick)
- Super glue
- (Optional) Font: Biosha (for the name “Darla”) and Trebruchet (for the hearts)
- Glowforge (I set it to engrave the names and cut everything else — super easy)
- Design #384 – My free template (available in my free resource library—get the password at the bottom of this post)
Get my instant download digital files for my free family tree SVG!
I’d love to see your family trees! If you make something with this family tree design, please share a photo in our Facebook group, email it to me at [email protected], or tag me on social media with #jennifermaker.
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