Don’t forget that Grandparent’s Day is Sunday, September 7! What better way to celebrate and show the grandparents in your life how much you care than by making them a wonderful homemade gift! Some of these gifts are fun to make with the grandparents too!
Silhouettes are a classic. We’ve modernized them a bit with some color and trendy prints like a gray/white chevron. To cut your own silhouette, take a profile picture of your child and print it out on regular printer paper. Place the paper on top of a paper of your choice. We picked a light gray to compliment the chevron background of our box frame. Simply cut around your child’s profile and glue to another paper of your choice and frame it! Simple and done! Paper: .79 cents each, Shadow Box Frame: $9.99 for three frames.
You can also paint a silhouette on to a wine glass. We picked up a sturdy wine glass at a dollar store and taped a profile picture of a child inside the glass and traced the profile with a fine paint brush and paint. Fill in the outline and your masterpiece is nearly complete! To seal the deal, place the glass in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes and then let cool inside the oven. Give the paint another 24 hours or so before washing the glass to ensure lasting power. Wine glass: $1.00, Paint: $1.99, Paint Brush: $4.99 for four pack of brushes.
Framed Pictures and Artwork
You can never go wrong with framing a favorite picture or your child’s most recent masterpiece. A large frame is great for the home, but consider adding a few very small frames for the work or home office desk. We love using shadow box frames to not only showcase the art, but the crayons used to create the scribble…tooth marks and all! You can also use a shadow box frame to show off a special moment like a child’s first visit to the beach and the first shells he or she collected. The sky is the limit! Frames: prices vary from $3.99 for small frames to $20 for the large frame.
Grandma will love showing off her artwork pendant and Grandpa will treasure his personalized cuff links created by their beloved grandchildren. We found bezels and cuff links at the craft store and cut the child’s artwork to size, sealed the paper with packing tape and then glued it inside the bezel and cuff links. We finished it off with a coat of Mod Podge Dimensional Magic and let it dry for 24 hours. The Dimensional Magic dries clear, creating an enamel like surface. Simply beautiful! You can also use a picture if you prefer. Bezel: $3.99 for two, Cuff links: $3.99, Mod Podge glue: $4.99, Mod Podge Dimensional Magic: $5.99. Necklace: $3.99 for three black nylon strands.
To celebrate, time together is always the best gift. You can have the kids help you cook and set the tale, and you can even have them pair or draw a picture to use as place cards. When dinner is over, have the kids put on a play about the things they love about their grandparents, or maybe help them sing a song to their grandparents. No matter how old your kids are, this will be one of the best gifts of all.
For more gift ideas, check out our Grandparents Pinterest Board!