Graduation Crafts


Whether you want to make a special gift for a graduate or need some graduation-themed decorations, these craft projects should fit the bill.

Types of Graduation Craft Projects

Graduation is a time of transition from childhood to adulthood, and it's fun to mark the occasion with some special crafts. There are several types of projects you may want to make to commemorate this moment:

  • Gifts for graduates
  • Handmade cards, invitations, and announcements
  • Decorations for an open house or party
  • Crafts for students to give one another

Cozy Care Package

Do you know a graduate who's headed off to college or a new job? You can make a special care package to ease homesickness and show your love.

Things You'll Need

  • Two yards fleece fabric
  • Fabric tote bag
  • 8x10 picture frame
  • Pre-cut white mat with space for 5x7 photo
  • Family-themed rubber stamp and ink
  • Pen
  • Family photo
  • Coffee mug
  • Hot chocolate mix

What to Do

  1. Make a no-sew fleece blanket by snipping a three-inch fringe all the way around the fleece fabric. Tie each strip of the fringe to give the blanket a finished look.
  2. Use the rubber stamp to decorate the plain white mat. Have all the family members write encouraging messages around the mat.
  3. Assemble the picture frame with the decorated mat and your family photo.
  4. Tuck the hot chocolate mix into the mug.
  5. Pack everything in the fabric tote bag.

Handmade Open House Invitation

This graduation cap invitation is easy to make, and it will give your open house a touch of personal style.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardstock in class color
  • Markers
  • Scrapbooking brads
  • Miniature tassels from the craft store
  • Scissors
  • Printed details for party

What to Do

  1. Cut the cardstock into six-inch squares. Cut the party details printout to the same size.
  2. Place the party details and cardstock squares together. Pierce the center of both sheets with the scrapbooking brad.
  3. Tie a tassel around the brad on the cardstock side of the invitation.
  4. Across the cardstock, write a message of congratulations for the graduate.
  5. Hand deliver the invitations or purchase blank envelopes at your craft store.

Graduation Name Banner

A personalized name banner is an easy and affordable way to add a custom touch to any open house or graduation get together. This craft is also appropriate for younger kids, so everyone can get involved in the party.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer and printer
  • Heavyweight cardstock
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Paint brush
  • Glitter
  • Hole punch
  • Wide ribbon

What to Do

  1. Use your word processing program to write the graduate's name in capital letters and enlarge it to about 300pt. Print the letters and cut them out.
  2. Carefully trace the letters onto the cardstock using the pencil. Cut out the cardstock letters.
  3. Use a paint brush to apply an even coat of white glue over the surface of each letter.
  4. Sprinkle glitter over the surface. Allow all the letters to dry completely.
  5. With the hole punch, make two holes in the top of each letter. String the ribbon through the holes to create a banner.

Gifts for Graduates to Make

Since graduates are usually saving money for college or a first apartment, they don't have a large gift budget. However, most graduating students still want to show their friends how much they care. The following craft projects make meaningful and inexpensive gifts:

No matter which graduation craft you choose, it will be special because it's handmade. Nothing shows you care like a gift or decoration you created yourself.

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