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Laundry List of Love

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

  • Paper
  • 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.