1. How are you going to make it? Do you have a computer
program that prints out the iron-on?? If so, you'd have
lots of graphics to choose from. I know in mine, there is
one of a crowd of people, cartoon-like. Also just a
single family--parents and kids. Something like that
would be nice...above it you could say 'Family Forever',
or 'Family Counts', or something similar. Then below the
picture you could say 'Bokovoy/Buckway/Buckaway Family
Reunion 1998'. I've seen shirts with the family coat of
arms on it, if you had one to use.
2. Maybe three trees with a circle of people enclosing
them by holding hands...or just three golden rings joined
with each of the surnames on each one...or maybe their
dads' line on each side....gramma's on the front and
mom's on the back or maternal on the front and paternal
on the back.
3. Last reunion I went to I made the T-shirts. I already
had the T-shirt paint (comes in all colors in a little
squirt bottle), I used silver. I went to a variety store
(Target) got packages of mens colored T-shirts (Teal). My
grandmother was one of six children that made it to
adulthood. Her name was Mildred. I put "Mildreds
Mob" on the shirt and then the individuals name. We
had 4 generations on our branch.
Today there is a product that you can transfer pictures
onto fabric. You can have this done professionally (6
years ago I paid $17 to have it done). Again just get a
cheap T-shirt. Or, go to your local craft store and buy
the 'stuff' to do it yourself. I know that Aleene puts
out a product that does this. I have never done it
Also you can make 'buttons' with a pin on the back. You
might know someone that has the gadget that does this, or
the bigger printing/copy places can do it. Early spring
we lost a granddaughter to a freak accident. I have
refrigerator magnet, 2 pins (one in the car and one in
the RV) and a key chain that have Chelsey's picture on
it. The picture with the rainbow behind it and words on
the bottom was all done on the computer. All family
members and good friends had a pin for the services.
We did t-shirts for our reunion last year. My brother
came up with a design for the front, a man and woman in a
pickup with a boat tied to the top and a dog in the back,
and put the slogan, "I survived the Martin family
reunion. Lake Texoma 1997. It turned out real cute, and
since there was a bomb scare at the lodge while we were
there, the slogan seemed quite appropriate afterward. You
can buy the iron on paper for transfering a picture
and/or lettering from your graphics program at most
computer or office supply stores.
Friends have color coordinated each family descendants
from one sib of whomever, one friend came home with a tee
(probably color coordinated) that had a four generation
chart saying (you are here*) for those who are
non-genealogists, Pins with the name or pic of
"their" family ancestor. Cyndi's list probably
has links/ideas too.
A friend of mine tells me that at her family reunion,
everyone brings a handmade craft item for an auction. The
funds from the auction are used to help with the costs of
organizing and providing a meat/main dish for the
following year's reunion.
She's gotten some really interesting and well-made stuff
at her reunions over the years. She also has a soft
heart, and bids on the "orphan" crafts, coming
home with some very strange items on occasion.