Flex your creative muscles with these thoughtful project ideas

Are you looking for a new project? Here are three ways to embrace your inner child and create a tangible heirloom or tribute the whole family will adore for years to come.

Family tree

Tracing your family tree and learning more about your family history has many benefits. For starters, it can give you a new sense of identity and self-worth. It can also help you connect with others – past, present and future.

Knowing your family history is a great way to stay on top of your health. Instead of leaving blank spaces on patient health forms, you will be able to check whether or not you have health issues within your family. Knowing this information will not only help your doctors, but will also help you make healthier choices in the future.

To create your own family tree, collect any old documents, photos, letters, or newspaper clippings you have that relate to you and/or your family. Also, be sure to talk to your loved ones! Ask family members about their memories and their extended family. Once you figure out which is which, write it all down.

If you hit a wall, look for help online. There are several websites designed to help people like you build their family tree. Some examples include Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org.

Family recipe cards

For many families, the ability to create favorite meals is a treasure passed down from generation to generation. One way to preserve those memories is to create a family cookbook or shared recipe cards that you and your loved ones can cherish forever.

Although creating a family cookbook may seem daunting, the process is simple. First, set aside time to gather your family’s recipes. Dig through rows and rows of recipe cards, search through books whose pages are now faded and slightly torn, or sift through cutouts of boxes or packaging with quick and easy recipes you know by heart.

Once you have your cannon together, put everything on the kitchen table and organize each recipe by category. These categories can include breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, or holiday recipes. How you categorize them is up to you. It’s your family cookbook, after all! If you suddenly remember an old recipe that has yet to be printed, go ahead and write it down.

Be sure to read your recipes carefully. If you think a few could use a refresh, take this opportunity; adjust and test to your heart’s desire. Make annotations, take photos and compare the original to the revised version – it’s up to you!

When your recipes are ready to go and categorized, it’s time to make your cookbook official. You can upload your recipes online using software like Microsoft or Canva.

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Display of military memorabilia

If you or a loved one served in the military, you might be wondering if there’s a creative way to commemorate your or their service. Fortunately, there are several ways to preserve your military memorabilia for future generations.

For example, you can create an exhibit of military memorabilia. Displaying an American flag, photos, medals, and other related objects in a shadowbox could be meaningful (like in the photo above). You can also bring your souvenirs (eg certificates, medals, badges, clothing, etc.) to a framing workshop. There is no “wrong” or “right” way to celebrate your patriotism and dedication to our nation.

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