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homemade gifts for grandma

I made these fun blocks for both Grandma’s Christmas presents this year! They LOVED them!


I remember seeing something similar at a holiday boutique and they cost $40. Trust me you can make them much cheaper- and probably cuter too!

painted wood blocks

I started out with a 4x4x8. Then I cut the blocks ( and when I say I, I mean the guys at home depot lol) down to 3.5 in. The base I had cut to 7 inches.

applying vinyl

After I gave each block a couple coats of paint I printed out the vinyl with my Silhouette.  You could really do any variation of colors. I chose a more neutral color to match their houses.

distress ink

Then I distressed the edges with a little distress ink. Gosh I love this stuff!

hand painted gifts

Next I cut my pictures down to 3×3 and modpodged them on.

homemade gifts for mom

Once they were dry I tied a little bow around them, and sent them off to grandma’s!

Both grandma’s loved them!

I have seen this quote altered to say “Mom,” “Dad,” or “Grandpa.”

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Jamielyn Nye is the owner and managing editor of I Heart Nap Time. She aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. Her unique projects have been featured on many popular websites, including: BHG, Martha Stewart, Fox, ABC, People, Parents and more. When she’s not creating . . . Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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21 Responses to “Gift Idea: Grandma Blocks!”

  1. Kelly

    Hi there! I LOVE these and want to make something similar with pictures of my daughters’ first smiles- did you just Mod Podge right onto the photo? Or did you have to photocopy it onto regular paper first? Thanks!!


  2. Deb White

    I love your blog! I’ve just started following you…what great ideas, very inspirational. Checked out the Silouette site…..how much fun would it be to win a machine….I could make endless gifts for family and friends and share this new craft with everyone! Thanks for considering me! Best regards!!

  3. Jennifer

    I love this!!! I am going to feature this on my blog on Saturday!

  4. Krafty Kat

    I love these! I shared this on my FB & Twitter too (I just think it’s such a great idea)! We’ll be making a similiar version of this! Thanks so much for this!

    • I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes

      Thanks so much! And thanks for sharing them, that’s so sweet!

  5. Amie {Kitty Cats and Airplanes}

    I love this! I’m going to feature this tomorrow on a Mother’s Day roundup! :)

  6. Amy

    I think i have a new idea for a Christmas gift for the grandparents this year!

    Now following you from followers fest. :)

  7. Erica

    I saw this through pinterest! I was wondering, would this work with a normal photo? Or does the photo have to printed on vinyl?
    thanks! I love this idea!

  8. Leisa Clayton

    I love this. I am going to have to Google to find out how to modpodged. Also, Did you use a stencil to put the saying on the large Block? Thanks, Leisa

  9. Hdarlington

    Hi! I love this idea and want to make it for a Christmas gift this year. Do you modge podge the word on too?