Go Back

DIY Grandma Gifts

Make a DIY grandma sign in minutes with your Cricut machine then gift it this holiday season.
30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Angie Holden

What You Will Need

  • Cricut Joy other Cricut machines will work as well
  • Cricut Smart Vinyl in two colors of your choice (I used powder blue and teal)
  • Transfer Tape
  • Weeding Tools
  • Scrap wood piece mine is approximately 4.5 x 11 inches
  • Wood stain
  • Paintbrush
  • Rag
  • Scraper


  • Cut your board to size. Remember that these signs can be any size that you like. Stain the wood board and set aside to dry while you make the rest of the pieces. Just wipe on your wood stain, allow to set a few minutes, then wipe away with a rag.
    staining a board to make a handmade sign
  • Design your names right in Cricut Design Space. You can watch the video above to see how to do that step by step. You will want to add hearts between the names and connect them all together then weld. You want the names of the grandchildren to be one long piece of cut vinyl when you are done.
    using cricut joy to cut smart vinyl
  • Once you design your own grandchildren's name sign, you can then cut the vinyl on your Cricut. The Cricut Joy is great for this because it can cut matless so those long cuts are possible.
    cutting matless with cricut joy
  • Cut the vinyl for both the "grandma" background as well as the "grandchildren" foreground.
    vinyl for grandma sign cut on cricut joy
  • Weed away all of the excess vinyl around the outside as well as the centers of any letters.
    weeding vinyl cut on a cricut
  • Repeat this for both vinyl pieces.
    pieces for making a grandparents sign
  • Add both of your vinyl pieces to transfer tape as shown. Please note that warming the back of Smart Vinyl with a hairdryer makes this step a bit easier. You will also want to make sure your names are in the center of your background piece.
    vinyl with grandchildren's names for a sign
  • You can then apply your vinyl to your stained board.
    adding adhesive vinyl to a board
  • Press the vinyl down well with your scraper then lift the transfer tape.
    using transfer tape to transfer adhesive vinyl
  • Be sure to burnish the vinyl down once more on the wood to make sure it is stuck before wrapping this one up to give as a gift. I used permanent vinyl so it is on there to stay. You do not need to seal this or anything once it is complete.
    great grandma sign with grandkids names