Gift Idea: Grandma Blocks!

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homemade gifts for grandma

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

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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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  1. Handy Man, Crafty Woman posted on January 30, 2011 at 11:14 am (#
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    That is such a cute project! Love it.

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  2. whipperberry.com posted on January 30, 2011 at 5:15 pm (#
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    this just melts my heart!!

    kisses
    heather

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  3. Tanyia posted on February 1, 2011 at 9:31 am (#
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    This is really lovely … I can not think of a grandma out there that would not love it! Great job on this!

    I am stopping by from Sugar Bee's Take a Look Tuesday! Would love to have you take a look at my project, too : )

    http://xsurvivingmotherhoodx.blogspot.com/

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  4. A Southern Rose posted on February 3, 2011 at 12:41 pm (#
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    This is so cute. Gonna have to make one of these for myself.

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  5. Mandy Coffey posted on March 21, 2011 at 3:59 am (#
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    featuring this today! http://www.smallfineprint.com

    :)

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  6. Kelly posted on April 18, 2011 at 2:08 pm (#
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    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!!

    Kelly

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  7. Deb White posted on April 21, 2011 at 6:37 am (#
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    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!!

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  8. Jennifer posted on May 2, 2011 at 2:28 pm (#
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    I love this!!! I am going to feature this on my blog on Saturday!
    Jennifer

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  9. Krafty Kat posted on May 3, 2011 at 10:11 am (#
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    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!

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    • I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes replied on May 4th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

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

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  10. Amie {Kitty Cats and Airplanes} posted on May 6, 2011 at 8:56 pm (#
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    I love this! I’m going to feature this tomorrow on a Mother’s Day roundup! :)

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  11. Trish posted on October 25, 2011 at 9:09 am (#
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    This is adorable! I’m definitely using this for some Christmas gifts this year :)

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  12. Amy posted on October 29, 2011 at 8:36 pm (#
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    I think i have a new idea for a Christmas gift for the grandparents this year!

    Now following you from followers fest. :)

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  13. Erica posted on November 21, 2011 at 7:27 pm (#
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    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!

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  14. Leisa Clayton posted on December 28, 2011 at 6:24 pm (#
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    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

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  15. phyllis posted on January 10, 2012 at 4:56 am (#
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    I just wanted you to know I used your wonderful blocks in a featured post about wedding centerpieces! Stop by to see how I suggest changes for the bride and groom to use for their special day. http://www.theweddinggals.net
    Thanx for the wonderful idea!

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  16. Hdarlington posted on November 11, 2012 at 1:51 pm (#
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    Hi! I love this idea and want to make it for a Christmas gift this year. Do you modge podge the word on too?

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  17. Jess posted on December 4, 2012 at 11:55 am (#
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    hey, what kind of paint did you use for these? and would normal ink work for the distress look?

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  18. Lulu posted on February 21, 2014 at 2:15 pm (#
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    My first submission didn’t work…sorry. What type of paper did you use for the photos?

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    • Jamielyn replied on March 12th, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      Hi Lulu! It was a matte finish photo paper that you can get printed anywhere! :)

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  19. Kim Curry posted on July 23, 2014 at 3:08 am (#
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    So adorable I am eager to try these soon I am the grandma of 15 and trust me they are all special blessings.

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