10 Homemade Gifts for Grandma on Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and it’s a perfect time to think about what might make great gifts for grandma. Nothing could be sweeter than a little do-it-yourself present from the grandkids that shows how much they care. Here are ten fun and easy ideas you can propose to the kids to spark their imaginations and get crafting.
For the book lovers
If grandma is a voracious reader, a nice homemade bookmark might be just the thing. It can be as simple as painting a popsicle stick in fun colours and patterns, or as elaborate as a hand-sewn embroidered ribbon. Either way, the kids can customize as much as they want, and grandma will end up with a personalized and practical gift that she can put to use every day.
For the florists
If gardening is grandma’s favourite hobby, a painted flower pot could make the perfect gift. Acrylic paint will do the job nicely, and of course the design possibilities are limitless. Terracotta pots are best for this activity. Level up the gift by planting an actual flower in it. Bonus points if it’s grandmas’ favourite!
For the home spa lovers
Teacup candles are a beautiful gift for grandmas who are into some serious rest and relaxation. Instead of spending thirty dollars on a single candle from a shop, the diy-route is perfect for families with teens who are good with the stove. Take the kids out to a second-hand store to pick up a few teacups that grandma might enjoy, and then hit up the craft store for all your candle-making needs.
For the home chefs
For those of you who’ve got really young kids at home, some cute pot holders decorated with handprints and footprints can make for a lovely, practical gift that grandmas who love to cook can cherish for years to come. Pick up some fabric potholders from the dollar store (you might want to grab a couple extra in case you make mistakes) as well as some fabric paint. Just make sure to pay attention to how much paint you’re using, and make sure that if the potholder has a hanging loop so that you don’t accidentally paint the underside!
For the sports fans
If grandma’s idea of a good time means an evening with her favourite team, she might love a homemade tote bag with her favourite player’s name and jersey number on it or the team’s logo. There are also a lot of different ways to create tote bags, whether you for spray dyes, stamps or paint, so the customization options are endless.
Old vinyl records make for great art projects. With just a little bit of heat and a little bit creativity, old scratched up records can be turned into anything from a fruit bowl to a side table. Given that you’ll need an oven, some heatproof mitts and a set of steady hands, save the vinyl-upcycling project for the trustworthy teens in your house.
For tea enthusiasts
Tea has become a lot more popular in recent years, and some restaurants are even starting to offer fancy high tea to meet the demand for such old-fashioned fun. Call up the family and throw grandma an old-fashioned tea party if she’s into the idea of dressing up and nibbling on fancy cakes and savoury treats. The kids can help bake goodies beforehand –the classic Victorian sponge cake is always a great option, full of yummy jam and cream – but of course, there’s no end to the number of simple but delicious options out there.
For the artists
If grandma has an appreciation for art, get the kids to collaborate on a good sized canvas, which you can grab at any half decent craft store. Even little kids can end up making some awesome art worth hanging, using any number of creative techniques like air blow painting with a straw, or making a beautiful marbled effect with some shaving cream and food colouring.
For the jewellery admirers
These days, you can pick up any beautiful chains and jewels from even non-specialty craft stores to make jewelry-loving grandmas a gift truly worth wearing. Skip the macaroni and paints – there are way too many simple tutorials online that easily guide the reader through making real eye candy. Even the clumsiest of little fingers should be fine with at least stringing on a couple charms onto a sterling-silver chain, and any self-respecting girl scout probably already has experience with a friendship bracelet or two!
For the movie buffs
Movie theatres are expensive these days, so why not get the whole family together and bring the theatre experience to grandma’s house. Pick out some yummy treats, just like you might find in the theatre, and pack them into a big jar. Don’t forget the popcorn! Having the kids draw up some homemade tickets to hand out to the family in exchange for nickels and dimes is a good way to add some extra fun to the activity.
In short, Mother’s day is the perfect time to do something special with grandma, whether it’s visiting her at the retirement community or taking her for a nice lunch out. What better way to show some more love than a homemade gift from the grandkids. Regardless of the ideas shown here, what matters most is the thought and effort behind a homemade gift that shows how much the grandkids care!