Monday, June 18, 2012

something I made…


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 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


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)


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.”


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.


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


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


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

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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,





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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