Gift Idea: Grandma Board



A couple months ago I shared how to make these grandma boards at a craft night I co-hosted in AZ.  A grandma board would make the perfect gift for Christmas. They are SO simple to make and everyone loved making them! They are perfect for all the grandparents in your life.

Let’s get started shall we…

{ Grandma Board }


Supplies Nedded:

  • Wooden Board (I found these pre-finished boards from hobby lobby-score!)
  • Grandkids Vinyl
  • Clothes Pins
  • Paint and brush
  • Glue
  • Embellishments

 1. Take your pre-finished board or paint it and allow to dry.

2. Cut out the grand kids vinyl.  Then remove the vinyl and place on the board. You could also use a stencil for this.


3. Push vinyl down and remove transfer tape.

4. Paint clothespins and allow to dry. Once they are dry you can embellish these with paper, buttons, ribbon, etc.


5. Glue clothespins to boards.


Hang up your pictures and you have the perfect grandma gift!! They will love these… trust me!


These are the grandma blocks I made last year. You can find the tutorial here.

SO have you already started your grandma gifts?!


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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. Ashley posted on December 8, 2011 at 12:22 am (#

    I absolutely love the blocks

    • Jamielyn posted on December 8, 2011 at 8:43 pm (#

      Thanks Ashley! :) xo

  2. Erika @ Oops! I Craft My Pants posted on December 8, 2011 at 11:01 am (#

    I love the grandparents board! Anyone selling something similar? I want one for my inlaws, but dont have time to make one!

    • Jamielyn posted on December 8, 2011 at 8:45 pm (#

      Thanks girl! I haven’t seen one… but I’m sure someone would be on etsy. If you buy the pre-painted boards at hobby lobby it wouldn’t take you as long. Good luck! This is a crazy time of year!

  3. Kelley posted on December 8, 2011 at 12:57 pm (#

    Awesome idea! I have something similar to this pinned.. love it Jamie! :)

    • Jamielyn posted on December 8, 2011 at 8:45 pm (#

      Thanks Kelley! :) xo

  4. rhiannon posted on December 8, 2011 at 1:32 pm (#

    i love it…
    btw i noticed the price tag on your E600 glue $3.69! Great deal, over here at our craft store it costs $7.99 a tube!

    • Jamielyn posted on December 8, 2011 at 8:46 pm (#

      Thank you! :) Oh man that’s expensive!! I got mine at hobby lobby… not sure if you have one of those, but I love that store!

  5. kim posted on December 8, 2011 at 4:48 pm (#

    Yes I absolutely love it. I just wish I wasn’t all thumbs. The blocks are absolutely adoring. :)

    • Jamielyn posted on December 8, 2011 at 8:47 pm (#

      Thanks your comment! :) The blocks were so fun too. You could always do a longer board to fit more grand kids as well.

  6. Karen Weight posted on December 8, 2011 at 6:28 pm (#

    So cute Jamielyn! I love the blocks as well. My mom would love both of these! Thanks so much for sharing!!

    • Jamielyn posted on December 8, 2011 at 8:48 pm (#

      Thanks Karen! Both grandma’s loved the blocks and my kids love playing with them when they go over! :)

  7. Cari posted on December 9, 2011 at 9:19 am (#

    LOVE these ideas!!! I recently ordered a CAMEO (my xmas gift) and are starting to think about my first projects – I am so excited for it to come in the mail:)


  8. Michelle Sexton posted on December 11, 2011 at 9:18 pm (#

    so cute! Love this idea!!!

  9. Corinna posted on December 14, 2011 at 10:54 am (#

    Adorable! Love it and the blocks too!

  10. Christina at I Gotta Create! posted on December 16, 2011 at 6:46 pm (#

    LOVE these!!!!! Any grandma {or any other family member} would love these. Pinning!!

  11. Joy posted on December 18, 2011 at 6:01 pm (#

    Very cute Grandma board! I’m going to have to make one of these. I became a grandma for the first time 6 weeks ago and # 2 is due on the 23rd of December :) Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

  12. Mrs. Delightful posted on December 19, 2011 at 4:54 am (#

    Wonderful ideas! Thanks for sharing!

    ~Mrs. Delightful

  13. amy posted on December 19, 2011 at 1:58 pm (#

    I absolutely looove the grandma board. The blocks too! Grandparents always love the thoughtful gifts best, and sometimes I run out of inspiration for what to do. I know you’re super popular {understandably so – you have a FABulous blog} and I’m sure you’re really busy, but I would be so unbelievably honored if you would share this at my party if you get the time.

  14. Space 46 posted on December 19, 2011 at 8:21 pm (#

    Turned out perfect! Great gift idea! Would love love love for you to share this at our party going on now Happy holiday! My

  15. The Virtuous Wife posted on December 19, 2011 at 6:39 pm (#

    Very sweet idea! My mother would love this. And by the way, I LOVE your wedding ring! It’s gorgeous! =)

  16. Jen Lossing, The Consigner Designer posted on December 19, 2011 at 10:06 pm (#

    These are so cute. I especially love the blocks! My mom would love these. Thanks for the tips. Great job!

  17. Deidre~ posted on December 20, 2011 at 10:23 am (#

    This is SO adorable and I know two Grandmas that are going to be getting these for christmas this year! Im your newest follower and it would bless my socks off if youd stop by this newbies blog:) thanks so much,Deidre~

  18. Shannah @ Just Us Four posted on December 20, 2011 at 8:39 am (#

    This is so cute! I think I might change it up a little and use it for my kids’ great-grandma! So fun!

    • Jamielyn posted on December 20, 2011 at 11:07 am (#

      Oh yes, that would be great! Hope you have a happy christmas!

  19. Tracy Barrett posted on January 28, 2012 at 9:02 am (#

    Love these!!! Want to try make some as gifts! Can you tell me the dimensions of the board?

  20. Elizabeth posted on March 28, 2012 at 8:36 am (#

    Love this! Where did you find the Grandkids vinyl lettering at?

    • Jamielyn posted on March 29, 2012 at 10:07 am (#

      Hey Elizabeth! I printed it out with my CAMEO, but I have seen some on etsy as well. A lot of shops will do custom cuts.

  21. Stefanie posted on September 19, 2014 at 9:10 pm (#

    Love these! How big are the boards you used?

    • Jamielyn posted on September 22, 2014 at 1:53 pm (#

      Hi Stefanie! If I remember right, they are 2 feet long. You can find them already precut at Hobby Lobby. :)