Did you know that Grandparents’ Day was first declared a holiday in 1978? It falls the first Sunday after Labor Day each year – this year it’s September 9. A housewife named Marian McQuade is the champion for this holiday, and her goal was to encourage people to learn from the wisdom and experience of their elders. I don’t know about you, but my grandparents were very interesting — one was a professional baseball player and another was a chemist that invented windshield coatings! I’ve always loved hearing their stories.
A great way for children to show their appreciation for their elders is by giving them a handmade gift on Grandparents’ Day. To help you, I’ve pulled together 12 fun and easy ideas that any kid can make and that grandparents will appreciate. One that I thought was really cute was this popsicle stick canvas at Plaid Crafts. There are several more craft projects you’ll want to check out — just click through the jump!
Painted Pots 1 of 11All you need for this project are some old metal cans and acrylic paint. Let children paint the design of their choice, then seal with acrylic sealer and plant flowers.
Learn more at Sparkle Power
Handy Tray 2 of 11First children color on a piece of paper, then they trace and cut out a hand shape. Both adults and kids can work together to paint the tray and then Mod Podge the hands into it. The result is a functional keepsake!
Find the step-by-step at Family Fun
Bead Suncatchers and Windchimes 3 of 11Kids will love sorting the colorful, plastic beads into pie and muffin tins to make this gorgeous, simple craft. Let adults do the baking and drilling to turn the shapes into suncatchers and/or windchimes.
Get the how-to at I'm Feelin' Crafty
Flower Dishes 4 of 11You can cut and shape regular clay into flower dishes, then let children paint in the design of their choice. Adults should bake according to manufacturer's instructions.
Find the step-by-step at Deep Space Sparkle
Personalized Plaque 5 of 11Older children can paint a plaque, cut out a photo of them with grandparents and then Mod Podge to the front. The plaques are only $.99, making this a perfect budget gift idea.
Learn more at The Creative Imperative
Embroidered Bookmarks 6 of 11Let older children draw the design of their choice on a piece of cardboard, then follow the pattern with embroidery thread and a needle. Finish by writing a personal message to grandma or grandpa.
Learn how to do it at Flax & Twine
Accordion Watch Album 7 of 11Let children pick their favorite images and cut them into circles to fit the opening of this mini watch album. Old watches can be found on ebay and Etsy, or your local thrift store.
See how it was done at The Mother Huddle
Hula Hoop Knitting 8 of 11This cool little piece of wall art was created with hand knitting on a hula hoop frame. Keep it small for the wall art, but you can make a larger circle that will work perfectly as a floor rug. No previous knitting skills required!
Find the how-to at Flax & Twine
Butterfly Card 9 of 11Who knew a butterfly could blossom from your little ones' feet? Kids will enjoy painting their own or each other's feet and stamping a foot shape onto paper. Remember to use non-toxic paint and let an adult do the sewing.
Get the how-to at Let's Go Fly a Kite
Personalized Mugs 10 of 11You can use vinyl letters to create a personalized message, then paint over the top. Package with coffee or hot chocolate mix for a sweet treat.
Find the how-to at Mad In Crafts
Confetti Towels 11 of 11Kids of any age can make confetti towels, simply by using flour sacks and creating dots with acrylic paint and spouncers.
Get the full tutorial at Make and Takes
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