Several years ago our budget was nil. We were struggling to make ends meet, let alone buy extras – even Christmas presents. So…my not-so-crafty self got online and decided to peek around Pinterest for ideas on some easy and meaningful gifts for the grandparents and great-grandparents in our life. But, what could this un-crafty, all-thumbs Mom of 4 do on a very tight budget?
Handprint Christmas Tree
This first one took a little planning and some sneaking around, but we finally made some wonderful pieces of “art” for the grandparents! You simply need some canvases (which I found on a great sale at a craft store, so watch for those), green craft paint, foam craft brushes and some gold (or silver) star shapes, which I found in the teachers supplies and we just glued them on the top. If you’re a little more crafty than I am, you could even paint your own tree-topper! And that
Several Thanksgiving’s ago, my Dad’s side of the family was all together and I decided to take the opportunity to make a unique and special gift for my Dad’s Mom. First, I gave my cousins a heads-up that I was going to work on this project and would need their help in borrowing their kids and getting their hand prints one at a time. The nice thing about making these handprint trees, was that I could make 3 of them at once, since all of my Mom’s grandkids and my other Grandma’s great-grandkids were all there as well. It worked out perfectly.
I’m not sure I need to give instructions really on doing hand prints, but here are some tips that I figured out along the way that might make your experience a little less painful.
1. Use a brush to apply the paint to their little hands. This way you don’t get too much paint on them and can brush the excess off easily and conserve more paint.
2. Count how many kids will be making hand prints and then figure out how you are going to lay them out and arrange them. NOTE: If you only have a few grandkids, you will want to do both of their hands. Otherwise, you can do just one handprint for each one.
3. If you don’t have a lot of kids, you can paint a trunk on the bottom of the tree to fill in the white space, but sure you don’t start the bottom row too high – or your star won’t fit on the top!
And here is the finished product…
This next gift is also a simple DIY that was inspired from some Pinterest searches. Since grandparents love pictures of their grandkids and there is only so much wall space, I decided to make some fun Picture Coasters for them. Here are the supplies you’ll need to make them: ceramic tiles (these are pretty inexpensive by themselves at a hardware store), Mod Podge, foam brush, round felt stickers or felt pieces to cut into squares and pictures.
1. Gather the photos you want and make sure they can easily be cropped into a square. Trim them 1/4″ smaller than the square tile on each side.
2. Next you will cover the side of the coaster you want to adhere the photo to with Mod Podge.
3. Center the photo onto the tile and press firmly. You can use a straight edge of some kind to smooth out the bubbles too. The side of a butter knife or I used a Pampered Chef scrapper. Allow to dry.
4. Once that has dried, you will then brush a thin layer of Mod Podge over the picture from top to bottom. NOTE: Always sweep in the same direction. Allow to dry.
5. After that has set and dried, brush another thin layer of Mod Podge over the picture from side to side. NOTE: Always sweep in the same direction. Allow to dry.
6. And you’re DONE!
What do you think? Cute, right? And simple!
So for the price of some easy to find supplies and a little time, you can create these super adorable DIY Gifts for the Grandparents in your life!! Believe me – they will be a HIT!
What are your favorite DIY Christmas Gifts?