Sunday, December 11, 2016

5 Presents Kids Can Make for their Grandparents

Some of the items were provided by Oriental Trading. All ideas and opinions are my own. 


My kids love making presents for their grandparents and I always let them help make whatever we are giving them. This year, we decided to pull together out favorite ones to share with you. These are all easy enough that my 8-year-old can make them with just supervision and my two-year-old can make them as long as I cut everything out. I love that they are so excited to give this year! 


 1. Hand Print Flowers in Chalkboard Pots


You will need:

  • white cardstock
  • acrylic paint in your desired color
  • chalkboard pots (I used these here
  • green pipe cleaners
  • hot glue 
  • chalk
  • foam brush
Use the foam brush to coat your child's hand with paint. Keeping their fingers together, push the hand down on the card stock, making sure to place a small amount pressure on each finger. Allow the hand prints to dry. 



We love using chalkboard pots for these flowers because it adds another level of personalization. Let your children each draw a design on their pot to represent them.


Cut out each of the hand print flowers. Hot glue a pipe cleaner on the back of each one. Fold the pipe cleaners and put 3-6 flowers in each pot.



2. Portable Hugs

You will need:




  • cardstock
  • scissors
  • pen
  • tape

Trace your children's hands onto card stock and cut them out.


Cut a long strip of card stock and fold it accordion style. attach it to the back of each hand print. Now grandma and grandpa can have a hug even from far away.


 3. A Memory Box

You will need:




  • a small box (I used these)
  • paint
  • pictures
  • scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Paper, crayons

Have your child paint their memory box in their favorite colors. Cut a picture to fit the top of the box and Mod Podge it on to the top, by adding a thin layer of Mod Podge to the box lid, securing the photo and then adding a layer on top of the photo as well.

Cut other photos and small pieces of paper to fit inside the box and let your children draw and decorate pictures for their grandparents. Fill the box with your favorite photos of your child and photos of them with their grandparents.


 4. Recipe or Photo Holder

You will need:




  • a recipe holder (I used these)
  • paint
  • pictures
  • scissors
  • Mod Podge

Paint your recipe/photo holder whatever color you want. After the paint has dried cut photos to fit the four sides of the holder and Mod Podge them onto the holder.


Adding a thin layer of Mod Podge to the sides of the block, securing each photo and then adding a layer on top of the photos as well. Allow to dry completely before wrapping.


5. Thumbprint Ornaments

You will need:






Paint your child's thumb with paint and push it onto an ornament three or four times. If you want to make a snowman use white paint, if you want to make a reindeer use brown. After the thumbprints have dried add small details to fill out the design. For the snowman, add a top hat, arms, buttons and a nose. For a reindeer add antlers, eyes and a nose. Let the designs dry before wrapping.


My kids had an absolute blast making these crafts for their grandparents and they can't wait to give them away, that is, if I can bear to part with them.

 Which would you make?
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24 comments:

Masshole Mommy said...

These are all super cute gift ideas! And seriously, who doesn't love a homemade gift - especially grandparents!

Courteney Noonan said...

These are lovely gift ideas! Handmade gifts are much more sentimental in my opinion. The handprint flowers are great :)

Karen Morse said...

All of these ideas are really sweet and so thoughtful. Love the homemade DIY stuff. And that memory box would be something you could really keep a long time and check back on when they are older!

Sarah Koves said...

That photo cube holder is so cute! I have tons of old photos in the basement we could do that with. Also, I think I have one of those thumbprint ornaments that my oldest made somewhere.

Angela said...

These are such great ideas!! My kids have yet to get anything for their grandparents and I think a homemade gift would be so much better than store bought! Definitely saving this post.

Amanda @ Old House to New Home said...

So cute! I think the little photo cubes are my favorite! My daughter would love making these!

Brittany F said...

Each year I try to have my boys make some homemade gifts for their grandparents. I didn't know what we were going to do this year and I love ALL of these ideas. I think we might do the recipe holder!

Kecia said...

These gifts are all so cute! My boys would love to do the portable hugs. Actually, my six year old would probably want to do them all!

Angela Tolsma said...

Oh I totally will need to do this with my nephews next year! love the ornaments!

ana de jesus said...

I love it when kids make homemade gifts especially for family relatives like grandparents. These flower crafts are so cute!

Heather said...

These are such great ideas! We love homemade presents in our house. I think those ornaments are awesome!

Reesa Lewandowski said...

My daughter is looking for another gift to get her grandma, so I will have to see if she likes one of these ideas!

Jennifer (JenuineMom) said...

These are wonderful ideas! We made a memory box one year and I know it was treasured. I love DIY kids projects. :)

Stephanie Lee said...

These are so cute!! I absolutely love the handprint flowers and thumb print ornaments. I think I'll make sure just for us too!

Joanna Everyday Made Fresh said...

Such cute/great ideas! I love the photo block! I actually want my kids to make that for my desk. :-)

Heather Wilson said...

OMG these are way too cute. Those portable hugs, though! Portable hugs? I never would have thought have that. It is just so sweet. My sister has three older kids (13, 15 and 16) and I think my mom and dad would STILL love that from them! I'm totally making them do it LOL. That's what aunts are for after all!

Kiwi said...

I love these cute christmas gestures kids can make for their grandparents. My favorite is the photo memory box!

Lesley Carter said...

Oh I love these! We just made the hands project for my husband's birthday and he loved it. So much fun.

CourtneyLynne said...

Omg so many cute gift suggestions!!!!! My daughter loves doing anything hand print so we always make lots of handprint anything for people

Dawn McAlexander said...

Those little hand painted ornaments are cute. If I were a grandparent I would like those.

Taylor Mobley said...

These are so cute. They are perfect for little kids and parents of little kids. They make perfect gifts for grandparents!

Sara Geffrard said...

Aww these are some real fun and ratty ideas. I'm sure my mom would appreciate it if my nephew and I did something like this for her.

Stephanie said...

These are awesome! I am always looking for gift ideas like this! Grandparents always have everything and they love sentimental gifts from Grandkids!

Debbie-jean Lemonte said...

I think the photo holder and the box with the photo would be perfect. They're sentimental, easy to add to any room as a tiny decor and it's cute to have.