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Gifts of gratitude for grandparents

Nothing shows Grandma and Grandpa that they are loved and appreciated more than a handmade gift from their favorite grandkids. These Pinterest-inspired crafts are easy enough for kids to handle (with a little help from you, Mom) and the end results are classy, beautiful and totally unique.

Footprint rug

Personalize a store-bought rug with your kids’ footprints, names and a cute message for Grandma and Grandpa with this easy tutorial from Simply Kierste. All you need is a rug, fabric paint and a silhouette heat transfer to make this cool rug that’s functional and fun.

Photo credit: Simply Kierste

DIY glass magnets

These adorable magnets will light up Grandma and Grandpa’s fridge — especially if you include pictures of all their grandkids along with their names or phrases of love. The Creative Place has step-by-step instructions for this DIY craft that uses just six materials — glass gems about 1 inch or 1.25 inches wide, pictures or vintage images/words, Mod Podge, magnet backing, a foam brush and scissors.

Photo credit: The Creative Place

Personalized photo pendants

Ginger at Ginger Snap Crafts makes these professional-looking pendants and you can too with your kids as a beautiful keepsake gift for Grandma. Among the other materials — glass tiles, bails, Diamond Glaze and Super Glue — her tutorial calls for chains to make the pendant into a necklace. However, we think these would make a great gift for Grandpa, too, by simply attaching a key ring to the pendant.

Photo credit: Ginger Snap Crafts

Homemade art soap containers

Let your children’s individual art projects become a part of their grandparents’ everyday routine by making these cute and creative hand soap containers with personalized pictures. AmberLee breaks down the steps for you on her site, Giverslog — and all you’ll need is a hand-drawn picture copied onto a transparency and a hand-pump soap container with a clear area for the drawing to show through.

Photo credit: Giverslog

Photo-to-wood transfer

Your own parents will be proud to display this homemade craft featuring their grandchildren. Esther of Wholly Kao gives a detailed tutorial so you and your kids can make your own photo-to-wood transfers to present on Grandparents Day. You’ll need a piece of wood, a gel medium, a paintbrush, a photo printed on copy paper and varnish or Mod Podge.

Photo credit: Wholly Kao

DIY bookmarks

If your kids love “hangin’ around” with their book-loving grandparents, then these homemade bookmarks are the perfect gift for them to give. The Harvard Homemaker shows you how to make these silly yet sweet bookmarks with photos of your kids on copy paper, self-laminating sheets, packing tape, a Sharpie and photo-adhesive magnets.

Photo credit: The Harvard Homemaker

Sharpie-decorated coffee mug

I’m not sure there is a simpler craft out there that produces such a cool finished product. With a plain, inexpensive coffee mug, a few Sharpies of your color choice and some rubbing alcohol (plus access to an oven and Mom’s help), your kids can make a personalized mug for their favorite grammy and poppy. Find out how at It’s All About the Pretty.

Photo credit: It’s All About the Pretty

DIY family name frame

Need to make a Grandparents Day gift on the cheap? If you have some cardstock, a frame, shipping twine and adhesive scrapbooking letters, then you’ve got everything you need to make this adorable DIY craft. Angie at the Knick of Time gives you all the details to make this simple and pretty craft.

Photo credit: Knick of Time

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