Paint a wooden craft box and attach a “tassel” to the lid using a tie tack post and cotton embroidery floss to resemble a graduation cap. The box can be filled with money, a gift card or another gift of your choosing. Keep in mind, graduation caps vary in color. Opt for a paint color that matches the grad’s cap and gown.
Impress everyone with a creative, more unique way to give the gift of money. Add crinkle paper shred in a color of your choice and roll up cash to fit inside a empty, crafting light bulb. Complete the craft with a printable gift tag and custom message to the graduate.
Make a gift basket the grad will actually use. Grab a colander and fill with kitchen basics such as pasta, a cutting board, a coffee mug, measuring spoons and dish towels. Include stationary or a notebook to jot down recipes.
A cute and clever way to celebrate the graduate, this smartie pants card is a great idea for the last-minute gift givers. All you need is a printer, cardstock and a pack of the candy to get this look. Attach a gift card or money to the back and seal inside an envelope.
Find a fruit can with a pop top lid for this fun, surprise-in-a-can gift. Remove the fruit from the bottom of the can, wash out and adhere the printable label. Fill with paper shreds and your chosen gift and seal it tight with super glue. Don’t forget to add a note of congratulations.
Owls have the reputation of being wise. Honor the grad with this witty owl Mason jar made out of a graduation hat box, paint, bottle caps, felt and googly eyes. Fill the jar with cash, a gift card or another thoughtful gift for him or her.
Remove soda bottle labels and replace them with personalized labels to congratulate the grad. Choose their favorite soda or sparkling juice and decorate a bottle carrier to match the color theme, whether it’s their favorite color or school colors. Top the bottles with a mini graduation cap and tassel as a finishing detail.
An array of stylish containers create decorative vignettes in your garden. Chip Wade used cast iron plant in these containers: it's very hardy and gives a feeling of an indoor houseplant. Use graduated pairs of containers for a more interesting composition.
Is your best friend graduating? Consider painting a wooden box and filling it with your favorite memories with them. It’s easy to forget those little moments. Collect photos, ticket stubs to concerts and other memorabilia that will be remembered for years to come.
A graduate of Philadelphia’s Moore College of Art, Naomi has an enduring love of paintings and photography. Both can be found on the walls of her home. In the living room, above the sofa, a concise selection of black and white photography and ink drawings creates a bold visual impact.