I’ve been searching for more gifts to make for grandmother, grandma, nana, gammy, gamma, mema…or anyone thought of as “grandmother.” A gift made with love and kisses from grandchildren is the best present for a grandmother. The following homemade gifts to make for grandmother are ones that I, personally, would love to receive (hint, hint): Decorated Keepsake Box filled with Homemade Truffles and a Matching Flower Pot filled with a Flowering Plant.
Gifts to Make for Grandmother
Decorated Keepsake Box
(read below for an alternative decoration idea)
If your Grandma is like me, she keeps mementos from visits with her grandchildren, such as rocks, dandelions, movie tickets, art work and more. Suggestion: If two or more grandchildren are decorating the Keepsake Box, have them take turns choosing and gluing the flowers.
- paper mache gift box (craft store)
- scrapbook paper (see flower pot below)
- acrylic paints
- cut out flowers from old magazines
- purchased flower decorations
- household white glue (dries clear)
- paint brushes
- Cut lots of shapes from scrapbook paper and/or bright colors of tissue paper
- Brush the shapes with household glue and press them all over the box OR paint the box a solid color, let dry
- Cut lots of pictures of different kinds of flowers from old magazines, if you want to. (Cut as close to the edges of the flowers as you can)
- Brush some household glue onto the back of one of the paper flowers, then stick the flower onto the top of the box
- Gently rub the flower to make it really flat
- Glue another flower onto the box, a little way from the first one
- Continue with more flowers with some over the top edge of the lid, pressing down to make flat
- Brush a thick layer of household glue over the whole box, including the flowers
- Leave the glue to dry completely
- Fill the box with yummy treats, seeds for planting in Grandma’s garden, a CD or two (for a round box), etc.
- Or, add purchased flower decorations after the box dries.
Yummy Chocolate Truffles
Fill Nana’s Keepsake Box with homemade yummy chocolate truffles made with love by the grandchildren. They are delicious and easy to make, too!
Directions to make 12 truffles:
- 8 ounce bar of white, milk or semi-sweet chocolate or 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips
- 4 Tablespoon whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- small candy cups
- Pour about 1 inch of water into a pan and heat until the water bubbles, then remove the pan from the heat
- Put the chocolate and cream into a heatproof bowl
- Wearing oven mitts, carefully put the bowl into the pan
- Stir the chocolate and cream with a woen spoon until the chocolate has melted
- Carefully lift the bowl out of the water
- Leave the bowl to cool for 20 minutes, then stir in the vanilla
- Put the mixture in the refrigerator for 1 1/2 hours, until it is solid
- Scoop up some chocolate mixture with a teaspoon and roll into a ball
- Put it in a candy cup (looks like miniature muffin baking cup)
- Make more truffles
- Put the truffles onto a plate, then put them in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or more, until they are completely hard
- To make more, just double or triple the recipe
Decorated Flower Pot (read below for an alternative decoration idea)
I love flowers that last in my south facing bay window. It just brightens my day when I can look at a flower, especially one that comes from my granddaughters. A few years ago, K painted a flower pot and gave it to me with a flowering Impatiens plant in it. She dipped her finger into different color paints and used her fingerprints to decorate the pot on top of a pale pink base coat. I still have the pot, but with a different plant this Spring. Suggestion: If two or more grandchildren are making the gifts, let each one decorate a flower pot for the same grandmother. Be sure to incliude a fingerprint poem with the fingerprint flower pot. (see Handprint Poems category)
- 1 flowering plant
- 1 terracotta pot and saucer
- scrapbooking paper
- flowers cut from magazines
- flower decorations, ribbon (opptional)
- household white glue (dries clear)
- pale pink paint (or a color to match the gift box above)
- paint brushes (one for paint, other for glue)
- Wash the flower pot thoroughly with water and let dry
- Paint the terracotta flower pot
- Glue the scrapbook paper to the flower pot
- Paint a thick layer of household glue all over the outside of the pot, including the flowers
- Glue on flower decorations and ribbon
- Leave the glue to dry
- Follow the same directions for the saucer
Alternative Keepsake Box and Flower Pot Decorations
- Trace the grandchildren’s handprints onto brightly colored thin paper, cut out, and glue to the Keepsake Box and the painted Flower Pot.
- Follow the directions above.
- Turn the handprints so it looks like they are holding the box and pot.
- Be sure to include a handprint poem with the handprint or fingerprint flower pot grandparent gift. (see Handprint Poems category)
If you are a grandchild or child, I hope you enjoy making these gifts. If you are a grandparent, I hope you take the time to make these with your grandchild for their Mom.
And, while you are creating these works of art, talk about things you are interested in…plan you next get-together…create a greater bond.