A gift card is already a pretty perfect graduation gift. We just added a creative touch to make it even better. It doesn’t take much to turn some mini cards, some gift cards, and few extra supplies into a mini mortarboard full of good wishes and money for necessities. Here’s how…
What you’ll need
Navy blue or black card stock (or use the grad’s school colors)
Gold paper or kraft paper
Gold paint pen
Gift cards (one or more)
Just Because mini cards (two or more—add one for each gift card)
Make the mini mortarboard
Cut a square from the navy or black card stock. It should be a little wider than the envelopes of your Just Because mini cards.
Write a message to the grad in gold paint pen. Be sure to leave room in the middle for the tassel.
Cut a length of gold cord about 5″ long.
Now you’re going to make the tassel. Cut a 6–8″ strip of gold or kraft paper about 2″ wide, and use the scissors to cut fringe, as shown below.
Put some glue on one end of the fringe, then roll it up around one end of the gold cord. Glue it closed.
Attach the envelopes
Open all of the envelopes. Use the craft glue (or just lick the envelopes) and attach each flap to the front of another.
When you get to the last flap, glue it to the back of the mortarboard.
Use the point on your scissors to poke a hole in the mortarboard, then insert the brad. Wrap the cord around the brad, tie a knot, and snip the end.
Sign the card or cards, pop in the gift cards, fold them up accordion-style, and your gift is complete.
- If you want to buy just one card, use the envelope as a template and DIY some envelopes for the gift cards.
- You can also use full-size cards—just make the graduation cap bigger.
Another pro tip
Pick a gift card theme for bonus fun:
- Entertainment: Movie tickets, mini golf, iTunes, and other fun
- Munchies: Grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops
- Hobbies: Sporting goods, craft shops, hardware stores, craft breweries—whatever they love
- Local tour: Gift cards for local businesses in the graduate’s college town
- Student essentials: Gas station, bus pass, drugstore, grocery store, pizza place, college book store, student union, and some cash and change for laundry and vending machines
What are your favorite graduation gift ideas? Share with us in the comments or on Instagram @think.make.share.
Want some other fun ways to give gift cards? Try these cute felt holders. And find more graduation ideas here.