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!


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

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Handy Man, Crafty Woman posted on January 30, 2011 at 11:14 am (#

    That is such a cute project! Love it.

  2. posted on January 30, 2011 at 5:15 pm (#

    this just melts my heart!!


  3. Tanyia posted on February 1, 2011 at 9:31 am (#

    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 : )

  4. A Southern Rose posted on February 3, 2011 at 12:41 pm (#

    This is so cute. Gonna have to make one of these for myself.

  5. Mandy Coffey posted on March 21, 2011 at 3:59 am (#

    featuring this today!


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

    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!!


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

    I love your blog! I’ve just started following you…what great ideas, very inspirational. Checked out the Silouette site… 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!!

  8. Jennifer posted on May 2, 2011 at 2:28 pm (#

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

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

    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 posted on May 4, 2011 at 3:21 pm (#

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

  10. Amie {Kitty Cats and Airplanes} posted on May 6, 2011 at 8:56 pm (#

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

  11. Trish posted on October 25, 2011 at 9:09 am (#

    This is adorable! I’m definitely using this for some Christmas gifts this year :)

  12. Amy posted on October 29, 2011 at 8:36 pm (#

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

    Now following you from followers fest. :)

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

    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!

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

    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

  15. phyllis posted on January 10, 2012 at 4:56 am (#

    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.
    Thanx for the wonderful idea!

  16. Hdarlington posted on November 11, 2012 at 1:51 pm (#

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

  17. Jess posted on December 4, 2012 at 11:55 am (#

    hey, what kind of paint did you use for these? and would normal ink work for the distress look?

  18. Lulu posted on February 21, 2014 at 2:15 pm (#

    My first submission didn’t work…sorry. What type of paper did you use for the photos?

    • Jamielyn posted on March 12, 2014 at 6:44 pm (#

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

  19. Kim Curry posted on July 23, 2014 at 3:08 am (#

    So adorable I am eager to try these soon I am the grandma of 15 and trust me they are all special blessings.

  20. victoria posted on November 3, 2014 at 12:21 pm (#

    Hi, I’m from the UK and saw this and thought it was fab, but can you please tell me what modpodge is???

    i was considering using a varnish? what do you think?

    Thanks x

    • Jamielyn posted on November 14, 2014 at 12:05 am (#

      It’s similar to the consistency of glue. It is used like glue to stick the paper on and then over the top to create a glossy finish.

  21. Jessica Blood posted on January 30, 2015 at 9:55 am (#

    I love this! I will be making this for my mom’s birthday from the kids. What type of paint did you use to paint the blocks? Also did you do all the edges or just the front with the ink and did you use gloss type stuff on just pictures or other block too to make them all glossy looking? 

    • Jamielyn posted on May 20, 2015 at 5:37 pm (#

      Hi Jessica! I used acrylic craft paint to paint the blocks. I painted all sides of the blocks, inked the edges, and covered them in modge podge for the glossy look! :)

  22. JACQUELINE posted on April 7, 2015 at 4:20 pm (#


  23. Mere posted on October 25, 2015 at 7:27 pm (#

    I would love to do this for my family this Christmas.  Is there a more inexpensive way of printing the pictures and sayings out instead of using the Silouette machine?  A single mom living on a very tight budget.  Thank you.  Mere 

    • Laura Capello posted on October 26, 2015 at 6:57 am (#

      You could try modge-podging regular copy paper – I’d try a scrap piece of a paper on a scrap piece of wood to test first, if your budget is tight (and I can respect a tight budget!).