Learn how to make a Graduation Cap Gift Box with a few supplies from Dollar Tree. Graduation from high school or college is a life-changing celebration. Make it extra special with an easy gift box that looks just like a mortar board or graduation cap, complete with a tassel. A free pattern is included below to make this project in about 30 minutes.
Dollar Tree DIY Graduation Cap Gift Box
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What do you need to make a Graduation Cap Gift Box?
- Paper Mache Box, 4” Round – Dollar Tree
- Craft Foam, Black – Dollar Tree
- Anchor Embroidery Floss Skein – Yellow
- Button, Black – Dollar Tree
- Glue Gun and Glue Sticks – Dollar Tree
- Americana Acrylic Paint by DecoArt – Lamp Black
- Americana Basecoat Paintbrush Set
- Scissors – I love my Fiskars!
- GRADUATION CAP GIFT BOX PATTERN download below ⇓
How do you create a Mortar Board Gift Box for a Graduate?
To begin the Graduation Cap Gift Box DIY, gather all supplies. Remove the labels and packaging from the supplies. Basecoat the lid and base of the round paper mache box with Lamp Black acrylic paint. Let dry, and apply a second coat, if necessary. You can also paint the inside of the box if you prefer. I love Americana Acrylics from DecoArt because they have one-coat coverage on most surfaces.
Remove the labels from the embroidery floss skein, then measure and cut four lengths that are 12 inches long each. Open the middle of the skein of floss so that it looks like a circle. Tie and knot one of the embroidery floss lengths through and around both of the natural curves at the ends of the skein. I have used the traditional black and yellow for this mortar board, but be creative and use your graduate's school colors. I love using Anchor Embroidery Floss from Coats and Clark.
Measure approximately .75 inches down from the top knot, and tie one 12″ length of embroidery floss around the skein, securing it with a knot. Wrap each end around the skein three times, in opposite directions. Wrap one to the left and one to the right. Secure again with a knot. Repeat on the opposite end of the skein.
Trim the long ends of the wrapped and knotted embroidery floss with scissors. Carefully measure and cut the skein of embroidery floss in half at the three-inch mark with scissors. Secure the knots with a small dot of glue from the glue gun.
Download and print the Graduation Cap Pattern below ⇓ Cut out the pattern with scissors. Trace onto black craft foam with a pencil, and then cut out with scissors. You can also measure and cut a 5″ by 5″ square from the black craft foam, or create a square one inch larger than the size of your round paper mache box.
Flip the box lid upside down and attach the craft foam square to the top of the paper mache box lid with a glue gun and glue sticks. TIP: You can use liquid craft glue for this project, but you will have to wait for it to dry.
Flip the box lid back over and lay the tassel out on top of the grad cap so it dangles over the edge. Trim the tassel hanger with scissors and attach it to the center of the grad cap lid with a glue gun and glue sticks. To finish, glue a small black button on top of the tassel hanger to cover the cut end.
Quick and Easy DIY Graduation Cap Gift Box
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