15 Thoughtful Gifts to Make for Grandparents


Wondering what to make for grandparents this year for Christmas presents is no longer the question! Here are the best DIY gifts ideas for grandparents to make!  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, snow globe, mugs and handprint art.

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}

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DIY Gifts for Grandparents

1.  How to Make a Picture Clock ~ Most of us have giant clocks somewhere in our home right now that might need some updating! Here is a tutorial to create a personalized picture clock using paint, vinyl cut outs, and pictures.

2.  Grandparent Mugs ~ Your child’s handwriting plus a mug equals the cutest grandparent mug in existence!  Get some ceramic paint pens and mugs and let your kiddo’s draw their picasso’s.

3.  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!

4. 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!

5.  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.

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What to Make for Grandparents

6.  Glowing Photo Luminaries ~ Learn how to personalize votives by adhering your children’s photograph.  Grandma and grandpa will be glowing with delight!  {{snicker}}

7.  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.

8.  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.  

9.  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!

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Holiday Gifts for Grandparents

10.  Kid Art Etched Wooden Spoons ~ Whenever grandma’s in the kitchen cooking she will always think of her grandkids when she looks at their beautiful artwork.  Have your children draw on the wooden utensils with pencil first and then you can etch it when they’re done.

11.  Homemade Snow Globe ~ Personalize a snow globe with pictures of the grandkids.

12.  Footprint Rug ~ This is such a fun keepsake for grandparents.  They can treasure those tiny footprints forever.  All you need is a rug, paint, vinyl and some cute little feet.

13.  “I Love You” Pillowcase ~ Make custom pillowcases with your child’s artwork.

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}

15.  DIY Glass Photo Ornament ~ Learn how to make a treasured Christmas keepsake with just a few supplies. Follow these simple steps to create your photo ornament.



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