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Homemade Graduation Gift Ideas

For a 2013 graduation, celebrate the grad’s achievement with a big party they’ll always remember. Whether it’s for a high school, college or grad school graduation, they’ll certainly appreciate a nice thoughtful gift. 

Instead of purchasing something, we suggest making something homemade for the graduate to enjoy their big achievement.

We found a few great ideas from around the way that you can easily make as a thought homemade graduation gift.

DIY Votive Yearbook

Once graduation is over, all that’s left are memories of the time spent in school. This personalized gift from A Beautiful Mess uses jars and old photos for the perfect personalized homemade graduation gift they will always cherish.


Follow their tips for creating this pretty and thoughtful gift that will showcase the grad's school years.

A DIY Graduation Cap Money Holder

A young graduate probably needs nothing more than an extra few bucks. Whether they’re going off to more school or the real world, money will certainly be appreciated.


Make them this easy craft featured here to help them carry their stash of cash.

DIY Frame of Bills

Instead of giving your monetary gift in an envelope, we love this idea from I Should Be Mopping the Floor. Sometimes a card filled with money is just the trick but take it one step further by incorporating the grad's school into the presentation for a gift they'll truly enjoy.


Taking her niece’s school colors, she created this unique frame that displays her cash gift inside.

For the High School Grad

DIY Louisville featured this idea for a DIY graduation gift you can give to a college freshman.


Taking the school colors the graduate will be attending,  you can create this bad that will have useful supplies and items they’ll need when they start college in the fall.

Flashback Pictures

Remind the young grad where they came from with these DIY graduation gift idea. Make these frames using clipboards with a photo of the graduate from their earlier years.


It will be a nice reminder of where they came from. See the tutorial here.

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