Every year, I try and make handmade gifts for my friends and family — especially my grandpa. One year, I copied all of our old VHS tapes onto DVDs. Another year I had all the children and grandchildren hold up a picture with a special message to grandpa and then had it printed on a calendar. And another year, I had all the grandchildren sign a coffee mug and had it baked on so he could treasure it forever.

While I enjoyed that all of these gifts were hits, I have found that it’s hard to top myself and come up with something new. This year, I turned to Pinterest (as per usual) and found a sign that I thought would be easy enough to pull off and he would still enjoy it.

So, I hit up Michael’s and JoAnn’s and Craft Warehouse and found the pieces that I needed.

Here’s how mine turned out:


Here’s what you need:

  • A wooden board
  • Letters (1 G, 1 R, 1 A, 1 N, 2 D’s, 1 K, 1 I, and 1 S)
  • Spray Paint (You may need 2 colors if you need to paint your board and your letters. The letters I bought were already painted black.)
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
  • Clothespins or clips
  • Backing for hanging (if the board does not include it already) plus hammer and nails, if necessary.
    • Alternatively, you may wish to drill holes in the wood and use a heavy ribbon or rope to hang the board.
  • Developed pictures of the grandkids.


  • Spray paint your main board your preferred color then let dry overnight.
    • Spray paint your letters, if necessary, too.
  • Next day: Warm up your hot glue gun.
  • Arrange your letters on the board along with the clothespins or clips to make sure you have enough room and like your design.
  • When your glue is ready, glue your letters to the board followed by your clothespins or clips (I found it easier to work top to bottom).
  • Remove any excess glue and strings of glue from the board.
  • Attach pictures and you’re done!