They’re the first ones to offer your kiddos a supportive hug, they baby-sit (for free!) whenever possible, and they taught you everything you need to know about parenting. This year, National Grandparents Day falls on Sept. 11 and it’s the perfect day to celebrate the special relationship between grandparents and grand-kids. Show how thankful you are with one of these 11 easy and thoughtful DIY gifts.
1. Pictures for Pop!
Who needs another store-bought frame when you can make your own colorful and creative one with jumbo Popsicle sticks? Eighteen 25 shows us everything we need to know about assembling and decorating these cool picture frames. Put a favorite family photo with grandma and grandpa inside and you’ve got yourself the perfect gift.
photo: Paging Supermom
2. Send a Hug
We’re not all lucky enough to live near grandparents, but that doesn’t mean we can’t send them all they really want this Grandparents Day—a life size hug, of course. Trace your kiddo’s outstretched arms to create a giant tangible “hug” that you can roll up and mail. Paging Supermom shared all the fun details of this project with Raising Arizona Kids. Click here, roll and mail.
photo: The Dating Divas
3. Pill Box of Fun
Surprise grandma or grandpa with a twist on the ol’ pill box. Instead of a daily dose of vitamins or medicine, stock the seven days slots with candy, love notes, and more. You can get the box on the cheap and encourage the kids to make a note or drawing tailored to each day of the week, starting with Sunday–Grandparents Day. Thanks to The Dating Divas for the inspiration!
photo: Katy Did and Kid
4. A Sweet Silhouette
An old-fashioned and super-charming way to capture the sweet face of your little one is by creating his silhouette. We love how Kathleen from Katy Did and Kid decided to mix old and new by using contemporary paper as a back drop. We’re certain gramps and gram will appreciate the thought and happily hang their new piece of art.
photo: Where the Smiles Have Been
5. Make Life Grand
This awesome wood sign from Where the Smiles Have Been takes personalized gifting to the next level. We love everything about it, from being able to use colors that coordinate with grandma and grandpa’s home decor to being able to easily swap out pictures as the kids age. Get a head start on this gift since it will take time to sand, paint, and decorate; we promise it’s worth the effort. The final product sure is grand!
6. Remember Me
Looking for a creative way to share and display those awesome Instagram snaps you’ve been capturing? This Accordion Memory Book is the craft for you. Plus, photos of the grand-kids are always a hit. You can get the how-to and a free download of the book cover over at eighteen25.
photo: I Can Teach My Child
7. Stuck on Grandma
Smudge marks welcomed! As long as it’s because little hands are putting up these adorable refrigerator magnets that spell out “GRANDMA.” Don’t have seven kids in the family? Get creative and spell out the person’s name or “PAPA.” This fun project from I Can Teach My Child offers a constant reminder to grandparents of how much they’re loved.
photo: Our Best Bites
8. Grand Glow
Why frame it, when you can illuminate it! Turn your favorite family snapshots into glowing photo luminaries. We love the idea of creating different holders from items you might already have lying around the house. Glass mason jars, flower vases, and hurricanes all work great and give an eclectic and cool look to a dining or console table. Visit Our Best Bites for the full tutorial.
photo: Homemade By Jill
9. Easy Tree
We are family! This awesome idea by Homemade By Jill to turn an old plate into a beautiful family tree makes the perfect gift for any grandparents. It’ll be extra special to do this project with your kiddos so they can see exactly how your family fits together. Get started with the easy-to-follow tutorial here.
photo: Somewhat Simple
10. Basket of Love
Here’s a gift for the grandpa who already has everything he needs. Ask your kids to name three or four things they love about their grandpa. Their answers will be honest, meaningful and hilarious because that’s how kids roll. Then type the answers up (word-for-word since it makes the gift that much funnier) and attach a small gift that represents each answer. With a little help from Somewhat Simple, you’ve just achieved present-giving gold!
photo: Ivan Rocha via flickr
11. Interview with a Grandparent
Get your kids to interview their grandparents in order to learn more about the family tree. We’ve got 10 great questions right here. For extra memories, bust out your iPhone and hit record so you keep the grandparent-grandkid interaction forever. Do Grandma and Grandpa live far away? We’d bet they’d love getting mail. Just send the interview questions along with a kid-crafted card.
What will you give the grandparents on Grandparents Day? Share it with us in the comment section below!
— Aimee Della Bitta & Abigail Matsumoto