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14 Thrifty Gifts to Make for Grandparents

What to make for grandparents this year for Christmas presents is no longer the question! Here are the best gift ideas to make for your grandparents!  These home made gifts are perfect for grandma and grandpa and include pictured tutorials for a family tree, photo coasters, photo ornament, tea towel art, magnets, photo album and handprint art.

Gifts for Grandparents

As always, the Tip Junkie Homemade Gifts site has hundreds of pictured tutorials with free patterns for Homemade Gifts for grandparents so you can always search there if you’re looking for something specific. {wink}

Best Gift Ideas

Free Cross Stitch Pattern 1.  Cross-Stitch Family Portrait ~ A fun and unique way to capture your family portrait!  Cross-stitch images of each family member using the free clip art templates.  It’s much easier than you think and so worth it!

2.  Embroidered Hand Prints – These embroidered hand prints are a wonderful way to freeze a moment in time.  Trace the entire families hand prints with washable ink and go over them with a simple back-stitch using embroidery thread.  I love that each hand print is in a different coordinating color.  Frame it and your have a masterpiece. Artwork Hand Towel 3. Turn Children’s Art into Tea Towels ~ What an ingenious idea to turn your children’s artwork into tea towels!  It’s such a fabulous way to display their artwork and in the place we seem to spend the most time.  Simply trace your children’s artwork onto a flour sack kitchen towel using a fine tip Sharpie.  That’s it! 4.  Needle and Hook Book {Sewing} ~ Learn how to make a ‘Needle and Hook Book’ to hold all of those sewing needles and crochet hooks. It is a colorful little project, made of felt and yarn. Felt Patterns 5.  Felt Mini Photo Album ~ Any mom or grandma would be tickled to carry this in their purse as opposed to plain old wallet photos.  Pop in a movie, grab some felt and get to work! Family Tree 6.  Family Tree on a Tray {Gift} ~ This is such a fabulous gift idea, mom or grandma will love this one! Using an old tray, a silhouette or cricut to cut out the tree pieces and mod podge you will create a thoughtful gift sure to make grandparent’s day! Photo Pendant Necklace 7.  Photo Pendant {tutorial} – Aren’t these personalized photo pendants adorable?!  They are so simple to make too!  Only minimal supplies are needed.  {Hooray}  Add a family photo or a photo of your children.   They are guaranteed to be worn with great pride! Wooden Photo Tiles 8.  DIY Wooden Photo Tiles ~ These wooden photo tiles can be made in any size and would be a terrific gift for the grandparents.  Display them on a tray or in a decorative bowl for some sweet, personalized home decor.

What to Make for Grandparents

What to Make for Grandparents

9.  Family Photo Display ~ Make a unique personalized gift for your loved ones this year with this picture frame wall hanging. This gift would make a wonderful Mother’s Day, Grandparents Day, or Christmas gift.   Polaroid Magnets 10.  Mini Polaroid Magnets {printable} ~ These tiny polaroid templates are about the size of a scrabble tile, but the cute-factor is huge!  Download the template and print out your photos for some seriously custom fridge magnets.  Grandparents would LOVE these… Christmas Tree 12.  Handprint Christmas Tree ~ Your kids will LOVE this fun project for grandma and grandpa.  They get to paint their hands and get messy!  It’s a wonderful keepsake to treasure year after year. Home Made Ornament 13.  Photo Canvas Ornaments ~ These frugal photo canvas ornaments make the perfect holiday gift. For under $2 each you’ll have a personalized gift to trim the tree. Grandparents Day 14.  Salt Dough Hand Prints~ These salt dough hand prints are a wonderful keepsake gift!  It’s a great way to capture small hands and see the growth throughout the years.  They are so simple to make and I guarantee you already have all of the ingredients in your kitchen.  {wink}

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Thanks Ladies. I just adore these homemade gift ideas! Feel free to grab my “I was featured on Tip Junkie” blog button. You earned it! {knuckle bumps} christmas in july We’re continuing our Christmas in July with more amazing pictured tutorials for homemade gifts, DIY decorating, free printables, and recipes.

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