Cover round mini boxes with paper in the graduate's school color; top with a matching square envelope and tassel. Stash candy or a class ring in the box, and a big-ticket item (hello, crisp check) in the envelope.

Updated May 13, 2020
colorful paper graduation caps
KIRSTEN FRANCIS

Surprise your graduate with a paper gift box made to just like their school's mortar board and tassel. For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of graduation party crafts and decorations.

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What you need

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How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Download and print the template on colored paper. Cut out the template along solid lines; fold along dotted lines. Tape three flaps to form an envelope, leaving one flap open. Let dry.

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Step 2

Cut out a 1/2-by-10 1/2-inch strip of paper in the same color, and adhere it around the outside of the box lid.

Step 3

Cut a 1 1/4-by-10 1/2-inch strip of paper in the same color, and adhere it around the outside of the box base.

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Step 4

To make a tassel, cut a 1 1/2-by-3-inch strip of paper in the same color. Make parallel snips along the length of one side, about 1 inch deep. Cut a 10-inch length of cord in a matching color and fold in half. Tape the cut ends of the cord to one end of the strip and roll paper tightly around the cord; secure with tape. Use a pin or needle to poke a hole at the circle in the top center of the envelope. Thread the cord's folded end through hole by 1 inch; secure the inside envelope with tape.

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Step 5

Put a gift inside the envelope; seal the envelope with tape. Tape the back of the envelope to the center of the box lid. Put a gift in the box; top with lid.

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