Colorful Grandkids Make Life Grand Wood Sign Photo Display

I always struggle with getting gifts for my parents and grandma.  They have everything, and whenever you ask them what they’d like, they always respond with “Nothing.”  Gee guys, thanks for the help. </sarcasm>

One of the many good things I’ve noticed though since becoming a mom is that personalized gifts from/about their grandkids are always a winner!  How convenient too since I am, ya know, kinda crafty. *wink*

That’s why I created this colorful Grandkids Make Life Grand wood sign for my mom last Christmas (and yes, I’m just now finally getting around to posting about it.  Only six months late!).  It’s not only a DIY gift from her favorite (and only) daughter (*bonus points*), but more importantly, it also acts as a unique way to display all those photos of the adorable grandkids.  It was a big hit on Christmas morning!

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Colorful Grandkids Make Life Grand Wood Sign Photo Display

I’ve seen variations of these signs floating all over the interwebs for quite a while.  I mean they’re everywhere, so this is far from an original idea.  I of course put my own spin on this one and designed it to go with the rest of my parents’ decor….with a little bit of colorful funkiness too, naturally.

 

Supplies:

 

The Quick How-To

I first sanded a spare board that was kicking around our garage (the same kind of board I used for my ‘Making Spirits Bright’ Christmas sign).  My parents have a huge mantel above their fireplace where they like to display the grandkids’ photos, so a big board like this that can stand on its own would work perfectly….and hooray for not having to add a hanger!

I then gave the whole thing a couple light coats of some tan craft paint with a foam brush, not being too OCD about coverage (for once).  While the paint was drying, I got to cutting out the design in vinyl with my Silhouette Cameo….oh, how I love thee.

Since my parents have a very neutral decorating style, I thought a dark brown vinyl would work well with the tan wood.  A nice POP of various brightly colored vinyl with the final ‘grand’ word that would coordinate nicely with the mini clothespins I’d be attaching in a bit would then complete the design.

{Oh, and if you’re a font junkie like me, here are the two fonts I used: Sherlock for ‘Grandkids’ and the rest is in Janda Shine Your Light On Us.  Deciding on the fonts was honestly the hardest part of this project!}

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Once the vinyl words were cut, I added some transfer tape to the top of each piece and applied them to the board using the hinge method (which you can read more about here….it’s pretty amazing!).

I then glued a handful of some brightly colored mini clothespins to the top of the board.  These would make swapping out photos a breeze, while also jazzing up the design and room!

{NOTE: For more in-depth tutorials on how to use a Silhouette Cameo, cutting and applying vinyl, making signs, ect., please visit my Project Gallery.  I’ve already shared dozens and dozens of full tutorials, so there’s no sense in recreating the wheel here. :)}

 

The Completed Sign

And with that, all that remained was adding some pics of two adorable tots!  I printed out some wallet-size photos of my son and niece, but you could certainly stick larger 4 x 6, 5 x 7, or really any other keepsake in these puppies.  I love how easy it is to swap out pics as the kiddos grow!

Colorful Grandkids Make Life Grand Wood Sign Photo Display | Where The Smiles Have Been

Colorful Grandkids Make Life Grand Wood Sign Photo Display | Where The Smiles Have Been

Colorful Grandkids Make Life Grand Wood Sign Photo Display | Where The Smiles Have Been

Colorful Grandkids Make Life Grand Wood Sign Photo Display | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  Stay crafty!

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About Christine

I'm Christine, a SAHM to a spunky toddler and his mini-me infant brother, and married to the best guy you'll ever meet. I (try to) spend their nap times getting my craft on and I blog about my creations and adventures in parenting at Where The Smiles Have Been. My loves are all things DIY, especially Silhouette projects, wreaths, & personalized decor. And ice cream....definitely love me some ice cream.

Comments

  1. Jessica says:

    I just made this for mothers day for my mom and mother in law. I don’t have a Cricut, so I hand painted all the letters (my hand hurts so bad! Haha) . I used different colors and font, but the idea was the same. It came out amazing. Thank you!

  2. Alana Sullivan says:

    can you tell me what the sizes are for the letterings ???

    • I’m not really sure anymore! I made this for my mom and it’s up at their house in KY, five hours away from me. The whole sign is roughly 8″ x 22″ (I think). Hope this helps!

  3. What are the dimensions of the board? Thanks!

    • I would please like to know the size of board you used as well, thanks.

    • Hi Diane! I’m not really sure what the exact dimensions of the board were. Like I stated, this was a gift for my mom and she lives up in KY while I’m hours away in AL. If I had to guess, I’d say it’s roughly .5 in. x 8 in. x 22 in. Hope this helps!

  4. Beautiful! Any grandparent would love this one!

  5. This is adorable Christine! I am saving this for my moms birthday, I know she will love it!

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