instructionsFirst, we will make the tree structure.
Now, let's make some leaves.
step 1Bundle 8 florist wires. Use a short piece of extra wire to wrap a couple of loops (Knot A) in the middle of the bundle. Tighten the knot using the pliers and trim the ends of the tie wire.
step 2Right above the knot (Knot A), separate the wires into two groups of 4 (Group 1 and Group 2). Bend Group 1 to the left just above the knot and Group 2 to the right until you have formed a V-shaped angle of approximately 45 degrees just above the knot.
step 3Use a small piece of wire to tie a knot (Knot B) around the four Group 1 wires, 3 inches up from Knot A. Repeat for Group 2.
step 4Separate the Group 1 wires into two groups of 2 wires (Group 3 and Group 4). Just above Knot B, bend Group 3 to the left and Group 4 to the right. Form a V-shaped angle of 45 degrees just above Knot B. Repeat using the four Group 2 wires (this should result in another two groups of 2 wires (Groups 5 and 6).
Now, let's attach leaves to the tree structures.
step 5Use another small piece of wire to tie a knot (Knot C) around the two Group 3 wires 3 inches up from Knot B. Repeat for Groups 4, 5 and 6. For the Group 3 wires, bend the two remaining strands just above Knot 3 to form another V-shaped 45-degree angle. Repeat for Groups 4, 5, and 6. This completes the tree structure.
step 6Download the leaf model as a .PDF file.
step 7Using your colored paper, make 30 leaves. Make 15 leaves using lighter color (these will represent females) and another 15 using your darker color (these will represent males).
step 8Lengthwise, make a crease at the tip and another at the stem (do not crease along the entire length). The result should be a slight bowl shape.
Finally, the family tree!
step 9Glue a pair of leaves (one—female, one—male) over each knot beginning with Knot A and working outwards. Finally, glue a pair of leaves at the tip of each single strand at the top of your tree.
step 10To secure each leaf using glue, place a drop of glue on the underside of the stem. Wrap the stem around the knot and hold tightly.
step 11Using a felt tip pen, write the results of your ancestry research, starting with yourself. Write the birth (and death) dates on the back of each leaf.
step 12Stuff the wine bag with a few paper towels (or sponge, or florist foam) to anchor the tree.
step 13Place the tree in the center of the wine bag and admire!