Friday, May 31, 2013

Graduation Cap Gift Bags

I'm planning a graduation party for my son and have invited a cousin to be a part of it as well. I thought I should have something to put cards in since they are sure to receive some. This is what I came up with.

My original plan to repurpose old cookie tins and mat board into graduation cap tins to hold cards was scrapped when I thought better of it: the cards were not going to fit in the tin, it would be better to have them in a closed container to avoid any lost cards.

A can of black spray paint, dark green kraft gift bags I had in my stash, matboard, ruler, mat board cutter, cropodile and heavy duty hobby knife plus a dollar store keychain tassel = "graduation cap" gift bag card holder. Yeah, a bit silly looking, but it was what I could come up with using supplies I already (mostly) had on hand. I really wanted to repurpose the cookie tins though, so I came up with another idea for them (shared yesterday)

TIP: try to find black gift bags and black foam core rather than use spray paint on them, they are smelly from the paint. They did lose some of the smell after airing out for three weeks before the party.

ABC123 Sketchy letters. little lace doily die. circle punch,
Brilliant Blue ink and card stock, Brocade Blue ink and card stock.
Whisper White card stock all from Stampin' Up!
Larger circle die, Spellbinders
2013 clear stamps, My Sentiments Exactly
Congratulations Graduate Class Of, I made myself with
a stamp set from Just Rite Stampers

I'll add a photo to the white and blue mat.

Pennant Punch, Concord Crush card stock, Daffodil Delight ink,Whisper White 
card stock, Alphadots stamp set, circle punch all from Stampin' Up!
Offray ribbon

TIP#2: Use removable adhesive to attach the embellishments to the bag. That way, if the recipient does not want to keep the bag they can easily remove and reuse the embellishments on a scrapbook page or photo frame!

Thank You stamp and White Kraft ink, Stampin' Up!

Measure the top of your gift bag when it is open and add an inch (or more if you'd like) to the dimensions.
Draw onto your mat board and cut out. You could also use black card stock, it would be much easier to work with. I chose mat board since I already had some in stock and it would be sturdier.

Measure the placement of the handles and mark where you want the holes to be.

Punch out holes in the mat board with a cropodile or some other heavy duty hole punch tool.

Using a heavy duty, sharp hobby knife, carefully cut a slit from each hole to the side of the mat board. This will enable you to slip the mat board over the handles.

Measure and cut an opening in the center of the mat board to insert cards. Mine is 6" long by 3/4" wide.

Attach tassel and die cut letters, photo frame or any other decorations you would like. I did not have the photos attached when I took the pictures to share here.

I had so many ideas of things I wanted to make for the party, but decided against it since space is limited and really, do many people pay that much attention to decorations, the little details ?  It is going to be held in a pinball arcade anyway.

Yes, the tassel was a bit too enticing....
the kitten came out of nowhere when I was taking
this photo and attacked it ! 

Thanks for looking =)


  1. I think they are cute! Good idea on the dollar store tassel!

  2. These are too cool and I love the tassels! Can't argue with Kitty!


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