How do we adore Grandma or Grandpa? Let us count the ways with this heartfelt list, a great idea for a birthday gift.
What you’ll need
- Frame or frame-and-mat combination of your choice (available at a craft store)
- Glue (depending on type of frame used)
- Foam board (depending on type of frame used)
- Ribbon (if rolling the certificate like a scroll)
How to make it
Brainstorm ideas. Ann (an only child) and Kevin were a two-person team, but this idea can easily handle input from everyone in your family. Encourage siblings, nieces, and nephews to send you a mix of specific anecdotes and general qualities so you end up with a good balance of humor and sentiment. Aim for more than you need (say, 90 ideas for a 70th birthday), since you’ll likely have some overlap.
Type up the certificate and decide how you’d like to present it. To accommodate the length of our list, we printed it at a copy shop on 11- by 17-inch paper, trimmed it to 8 by 16 inches, then mounted it in a $15 customizable metal frame (the kind that allows you to buy the horizontal and vertical edge pieces separately for a custom fit) we purchased at a craft store.
Alternately, you can put your certificate in a ready-made frame and mat (keep in mind that they’re usually available in 8- by 10-, 9- by 12-, and 11- by 14-inch sizes), glue it onto foam board, or, as Ann did, roll it like a scroll and tie it with ribbon.