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DIY Gift Ideas for Grandparents Day

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From education to encouragement and advice, grandparents’ involvement can play a significant role in a child’s life. On September 13, 2009, National Grandparents Day will recognize the special bond between a grandchild and grandparent by providing a wonderful opportunity for kids to celebrate and honor their relationship.

To help celebrate Grandparents Day, here are fun and low-cost gift ideas that grandpa and grandma are sure to cherish. Kids can create these gifts at home, or get the grandparents involved for an extra special touch:

  • Hand-Dyed Handkerchiefs. Lay out colorful flowers underneath a plain white handkerchief. Crush the flowers with a mallet. The color from the flowers will dye onto the hanky in an assortment of beautiful patterns.
  • Flower Pot Pen. Now anytime your grandparents write, they can think of you! Just paint a small flower pot and fill it with green flower foam. Cover the foam with moss and glue a pen cap into the foam. Wrap the pen with green flower tape and you will have a pen disguised as a flower pot!
  • Thumbprint Bookmark. Does your Grandma or Grandpa love to read? Then a fun and artful bookmark will make the perfect gift. Cut out a piece of sturdy paper in the shape of a bookmark. Then make thumb hearts from your own thumbprint and write “Thumbody Loves You” or add legs to the thumbprints and write “From Your Lovebug.”
  • Necklace. Grandma will love this one-of-a-kind necklace. Have strings and various sizes and types of beads ready to go. Make sure to pick out the beads in Grandma’s favorite colors. You can make a necklace for each other, or just make one for her
  • Build a Car. Gather together boxes of all sizes with the tops and/or bottoms cut out. You can use drink boxes, shoe boxes, cereal boxes, milk cartons, gift boxes, etc. Paint the boxes a few days before Grandparents Day, so the paint has achance to dry. Gather the boxes that the child has painted along with four wooden wheels. Work together with Grandma/Grandpa to build a car out of the boxes. You can even take a picture together and put it where the windows would be.
  • Flower Bouquet. Make cut-outs of different types of flowers. Decorate the flowers with tissue paper, buttons, felt pieces, foam pieces, crayons, markers, paint, etc. Once the flowers are ready, attach them to either pipe cleaners or small wooden craft sticks (painted green). Wrap the flowers in tissue paper by the stems to create a beautiful bouquet!
  • Neckties. Now Grandpa can dress up in style with this adorable necktie. Create cutouts of an oversized necktie and decorate the tie with pieces of fabric. Be creative and use exciting fabric designs like sports, cars, animals, etc. Glue a piece of string to the top of the necktie and have it ready for Grandpa to wear!