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Monday, June 18, 2012

something I made…

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A few weeks ago I was looking for another way to present a graduation gift to the daughter of one of my dear friends.

Megan was graduating from high school and we had gift money for her, and I probably would’ve put it into an ordinary card, except for this adorable idea I found on craftsunleashed.com. This is their finished project in the photo above.

You can go there and see the wonderful tutorial on how to make this little gift box.

However, I made my own version here. Of course, I  used whatever I had on hand, so I made it with a box that was slightly larger and leftover from past Halloween invitations. You can click here to see the Monster Slaying Kit that I made with the original boxes.

In the meantime, here are a few photos of my own graduation gift box.

I started with

  • one Kraft jewelry box; 6 x 5x 1 inches
  • two pieces of black cardstock
  • red embroidery floss
  • brac
  • piercing tool
  • glue gun

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1. I cut two strips of black construction paper to fit the sides of the lid. (photo below)

2. I hot glued them along the side of the lid and fit a piece of black paper into the bottom of the box. (photo above)

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3. I cut a square piece of construction paper that will extend over the lid. This will make it look like a graduation cap once it’s on top of the box.

I glued two pieces of identical cardstock together for added strength for the “cap.”

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4. Next, pierce a hole into center of square paper and put a brac into it, leaving space between paper and brac to tie tassel.

Do you know how to make a tassel? Simply wrap embroidery thread around a piece of cardstock. Make sure cardstock is the length you want your tassel to be.

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Tie a knot at the top when the tassel is thick enough.

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Cut at the bottom. Then tie it near the top.

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5. Tie the tassel to the brac and voila! Now you have the top of a graduation cap that you will glue to the top of the lid. Here is a photo before I attached it to this lid.

And this is my finished box. Sorry about this photo, the shadows make it look huge. For better pictures, you really should go to craftsunleashed.com

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For a finishing touch, I decided to roll each bill, then I wrapped a piece of white paper around it. Next, I tied the paper with the red embroidery thread so each bill looks like a miniature diploma. Cute, don’t you think?

This is what you saw when you looked into the box.

I hope you enjoyed this little creative post today. If you want to check out my Five Tips to Make Your Graduation Party Special you can click here. I have so much fun doing these things.

 

Thanks for stopping by,

Leslie

 

 

3 comments:

Happy Mommy said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. It's very creative and it makes it so much more meaningful :-)

Kristen @ The Chronicles of Dutch said...

Such a clever idea! I like that you wrapped each bill. Very cute!

kendra kay said...

great idea- thanks for sharing!

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