Handmade Holidays for the Grandparents: 15 Amazing DIY Photography Gifts

Do you fuss over what to get the grandparents for the holidays like me? The past couple of years we’ve given them some pretty sweet photo collages, a project I love pulling together.

Unfortunately their wall space is staring to run out, but their love for all of their grandchildren’s pictures is not. I’ve been researching different gifts I can make for them, while still incorporating the family, baby and toddler pictures they so adore. In doing so, I quickly realized that these types of gifts would be universally appreciated and loved by all grandparents, obviously!

I also included a few wall collages and other wall hanging options for those of you who have perhaps been less overzealous in years past and have some leeway in gifting as such. Be inspired by this roundup of projects, tutorials and thrifty ideas…and get crafty! (Your pocketbook will thank you)…

  • Handmade Holidays: The Best Gift Ideas For Grandparents!

    Handmade Holidays: The Best Gift Ideas For Grandparents!

    Check out this awesome roundup of DIY photo projects that grandparents will absolutely LOVE to receive this holiday season!

  • Block Ornaments

    Block Ornaments

    Squeeze-worthy adorableness right here.
    Get the instructions over on How Does She

  • Photo Pendants

    Photo Pendants

    So many possibilities with these! Great for the g-mas.
    Learn more over on Ginger Snap Crafts

  • Photo Mug

    Photo Mug

    This porcelain, microwave safe mug will see see lots of use and make any grandparent smile every single time they use it.
    Get it from Snapfish, $12.99

  • Instagram Pillow

    Instagram Pillow

    Addicts of Instagram, rejoice. Most of the work is already done for you! All you have to do is select the pictures you want to use, upload them to Stitchagram and order your pillow. Grandparents will proudly display it on their bed, couch or favourite easy-chair.
    Learn more over on Babble

  • Photo Wood Blocks

    Photo Wood Blocks

    Depending on the age of your baby, you could totally get your tot in on the crafting action with this one!
    Get the step-by-step instructions over on Yummy Mommy

  • Instagram Collage

    Instagram Collage

    You can use any photos for this one really. You’ll probably have a hard time giving this one up when it’s finished!
    Get the tutorial over on Bits of Everything

  • DIY Photo Tile Coasters

    DIY Photo Tile Coasters

    A surprisingly quick and easy DIY that you can whip off for a fantastic last minute gift!
    Get the tutorial over on Lee Lala

  • Blurb Book

    Blurb Book

    I’m in LOVE with these books and am hooking a couple up for gifts myself. This is the kind of project that you can’t leave till last minute since you put it together online and have to give the company the time to put it together and ship it out to you. (7 to 10 days). Or your receiver as you wish. They have a sale going on right now, enter code FALL THANKS upon check-out to receive %15 off.
    Blurb, from $3.95 – $49.95

  • Fridge Magnets

    Fridge Magnets

    These mini photo box fridge magnets are adorable and surprisingly easy to make!
    Get the free tutorial over on Crafts Unleashed

  • Photo Transfer Pillow

    Photo Transfer Pillow

    Instead of the nature theme as shown here, you could do close ups of siblings holding hands, or newborn black and white shots…use your imagination and have fun with it!
    Get the instructions on BHG

  • Collage Blanket

    Collage Blanket

    Creepy or cute? Haha…you decide! (I think it’s pretty neat).
    Get it from Snapfish, $49.99

  • Giant Picture (Tutorial)

    Giant Picture (Tutorial)

    Foam board. So cheap, yet so professional looking. One would never know. I may not be hooking this up for either set of grandparents (lack of wall-space), but I’m definitely doing one for our home!
    Get the tutorial over on Sugar Bee Crafts

  • Your Very Own Cookbook

    Your Very Own Cookbook

    LOVING this idea. Using family photos mixed in with the food photos will warm their hearts and their bellies!
    Learn more over on Clover Lane

  • Repurposed Door Into Big Frame!

    Repurposed Door Into Big Frame!

    Brilliant idea and such an easy idea to execute! I especially love the idea of making this into a coat rack.
    Get the tutorial over on Photog Mommie

  • Memory Jars

    Memory Jars

    I found this tutorial originally meant to be for Mother’s Day, but I think it would make a perfect holiday gift for your mom or mother-in-law!
    Find out how to do this project over on West Elm

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