Coming up with an original, thoughtful and meaningful gift for grandparents can be challenging, but it is certainly a worthy endeavor!
My grandmother recently celebrated her 99th birthday and amazing milestones like these require some extra time and energy to come up with a gift to fit the occasion.
Perfume, food, stationery and flowers aside, I always debate the merit of each gift I choose. I know my Grandma well enough to know she always appreciates something you make.
She has been a “maker” throughout her life – quilting, baking, and crafting over the years. Her children, grandchildren and many great-greats have been the beneficiaries of her talents, from delicious homemade chocolate chip cookies, to wedding quilts, to rainy day paper dolls, to annual handmade Christmas ornaments to name a few.
I also know my Grandma appreciates friends and family. She lives in a senior community and I believe she has bragging rights as the oldest resident. All the residents have wreaths on their doors and little ledges where they display seasonal decorations. Each door is unique and conveys a little about the person who lives there. With all this in mind, here is what I came up with!
This is my Grandma’s 99th birthday photo wreath. Handmade by me (and a bit of Michael’s!).
I purchased the burlap wreath wrapped with the bow and added the artificial greens and flowers for color. I used quick grip to glue them in place. If you have never tried this stuff, I love it!
I printed out some of the classic photos from her life and mounted them on colored paper stock, which were cut in circles. I glued the mounted photos in a circle around the outside of the wreath.
I then printed her name and birthday on paper and inserted it into a small gold frame. I then glued the frame to the top of the wreath. I finished it all by adding some cute button accents for a little more pizzazz!
She loved the wreath because it was handmade, personal and a great conversation piece for all that stopped to visit or even passed by her door. It acted as a fun happy birthday sign she can leave up and enjoy for as long as she likes!
Now, what about that 100th……thinkin, thinkin….