Grandparent’s House Rules

Grandparents rules

This year for Christmas I wanted to do something different for both sets of Grandparents. I really liked the idea of the Grandparent’s House Rules that I have been seeing around Pinterest and Etsy but couldn’t find one with all the features I liked. So I decided to make my own.

What I did first was I made a note of all the “rules” that I liked. I came across a rule on Etsy that stated “only believe half of what grandpa says”, it made the top of the list. I knew I had to squeeze it somewhere in the mix.

I then went to Google and searched for “discount codes for canvas”. I was sent a few codes (Retail Me Not is a great resource), and I compared the codes with the websites it linked to to find the best bang for my buck. I took into account what the price was after the coupon code with shipping included. You can also find really good deals on discount sites like Zulily and Groupon from time to time, and if you’re a member of Ebates you get cash back on top of those purchases (I’m slightly obsessed with Ebates, but I’ll save that for a future post).

When I decided on the company, I chose the size of the canvas I wanted and then opened up Photoshop. If you don’t have Photoshop, give PicMonkey a try. It’s a free, web based program.

The next steps including choosing the fonts I liked, the placement of the phrases and a lot of fiddling around. There was a lot of sizing adjustments, and it took awhile until it was just right. I didn’t want it to look thrown together. I wanted it to look like I bought it.

When I decided on my end design, I saved it as a .PNG file and uploaded it to the canvas website.

For two canvases with shipping, I spent $82. Personally, I think it looks better then the $280 canvas that I liked on Etsy (but maybe that’s the “handmade pride” behind it).

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18 comments on “Grandparent’s House Rules”

  1. This is awesome! I wanted to make a few as well, but wasn’t sure how or even where to start.

  2. Great work Randa!! Love them! And yes, I also believe in the rule “only believe half of what grandpa says” 😉

  3. Cute wall art! It got me thinking about my kids’ grandparents house rules, and the “expect to be spoiled” is definitely at the top of the list!

  4. I’ve also seen these around the web lately and i love them. Thank you for the tutorial. I’m so not a DIY person, but I think I can totally pull this off. I think my in-laws would just love this for their cottage. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. Oh! I LOVE this, Randa! I think I need to make one for my parents’ house too! HA! We don’t give Little One many processed foods, sugar, or juice, but at my parents’ house she gets ice cream, cookies, chocolate, stuff from boxes and cans (which is SO weird, because we never got that when we were kids). They also let her sleep late and do whatever she wants. ACK!!!! I was so upset that I had it out with my folks and when I got home, my mom sent me an email saying “Our house. Our rules.” I replied with how we are trying to teach her a certain way and that they are interfering with our parenting choices. She said that when Little One is there, she has a set of rules at their house and that the rules are different at ours. I gave up because I’m tired of fighting. Turns out that Little One does abide by our house rules and only expects the treats at her grandparents’.

    • That’s frustrating, whenever Carter heads to the grandparents he comes back off schedule and has a lot more sugar then he does at home. That’s for sure.

  6. Those are beautiful. We are in the midst of renovating and sprucing up our home. These would be awesome. 🙂

  7. I love this so much!! These are the rules at my parents house too! I’m grinning from ear to ear. You should consider selling these 🙂

    • I have considered selling them in printable form 🙂 Maybe I’ll make a few more and open a shop on this blog 🙂

  8. Love this project – great idea! I’m sure the grandparents got a big kick out of it. And thanks for the reminder to search for coupon codes – I would have never thought of it for a project like this.

  9. I love it! It turned out PERFECT!! I bet they were super impressed!

  10. I love stuff like this, absolutely love it! If it were up to me… my house would be full of em!

  11. What a fab project! Looks fantastic and love the rules you’ve chosen, so true!

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