Sunday, December 2, 2012

DIY Holiday Family Name Project

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Want a fun, simple project your students' parents will treasure?  Have your students create a family name frame (modeled after the picture frames you can buy with spaces for the photographs in the letters!)

Items to Gather:

  • long tagboard (cut to the length of each students' last name)
  • white 8.5 x 11 paper, with three 3 x 4 inch rectangles drawn on
  • Block letter drawing instructions (found here)
  • crayons
  • glue (I prefer Elmer's® Rubber Cement


Step 1: Give each student a premade piece of paper with three 3 x 4 inch boxes on it. (preprinting them just makes the process go much more smoothly).  In each box, they are to draw one box letter that is found in their last name.  Give the students this guide sheet to help them draw the letters uniformly.

Step 2:  Once the letters are in the boxes, have the students draw pictures of their families over the letters.  They need to use the ENTIRE box, not just the part that the block letter takes up.  This can be a series of little images, or one big image of their family.  The idea is that is it a "photograph" of their family.

Step 3: Students then cut out each block letter.  There will be some of the picture they drew left in the box, and that is ok.  It gives the letter a unique look.

Step 4: Glue each letter onto the tag board.  The entire last name should fit.  If it doesn't, just add more tagboard to make it longer.

Step 5: Outline each letter in black.

And now you have a completed project!

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My students LOVED this project, and so did I.  It came out SO amazing (the pictures really do not do it justice.)  To wrap, we rolled them up and put tissue around it with yarn.  It made sort of a tootsie roll looking thing.  Each child then attached their card and it went home. 


  1. I love handmade gifts. Easy to do and minimal cost to the teacher makes it even better. Thanks for sharing! Pinned it.

    Thinking Out Loud

  2. What an interesting, unique holiday gift idea! Thanks Stephanie!

    Tammy Aiello @ Teaching FSL

  3. Love this, I know from experience the students will make many projects in the future using letter art and techniques they learned during this fabulous lesson. Thank you for the step by step information and inspiration. Excellent!

  4. Thank you so much ladies! I really, really love how this project turned out last year and am doing it again this year so I thought I would share. I am glad you gals like it too!!

  5. Love it! What a fun and unique idea! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Thank you Stephanie! Love it! My students are working on this project now & are really enjoying it! =D

  7. Stephanie! I'm really into genealogy! This is a great project to do as a family keepsake. :) When I looked at the name BEHL, I was amazed because one of my family names is BEHR. Your project has sent me off to do some research about BEHL! I'm going to pass your blog post to my genealogy friends! Thanks for sharing!


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