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Pop-up Graduation Card

Making your own pop-up cards is a great way to show someone how special they are to you! I whipped up this simple graduation Pop-up card using a file in Cricut Design Space. I made a few adjustments, and am sharing it here with you so that you can create your own custom graduation pop-up card!

This project is part of a week-long series of crafts celebrating the end of the school year. My friends Jessica from Mad in Crafts, Jen from 100 Directions and Angie from The Country Chic Cottage are joining in each day with more ideas, as are some of our craftiest friends around the internet. Be sure to check out all of their amazing ideas at the bottom of this page!

Pop-up Graduation Card

To make this Pop-Up Graduation Card, you’ll need:

Cardstock for outside of card
Black Cardstock
Carstock for Tassel
Adhesive Vinyl
Transfer Tape
Adhesive (glue or double-sided tape)

card supplies

Cut out all the cardstock pieces using this Cricut Graduation Card Cut File for Design Space.

cut pieces

Cut out and weed the vinyl.

weed vinyl

Cover in transfer tape.

apply transfer tape

Carefully peel the paper backing off of the vinyl to expose the adhesive. Center onto the small rectangle that will go on the front of the card. Carefully peel back the transfer tape, leaving the vinyl behind.

peel back the transfer tape

Glue this piece onto the front of the card. The front of the card is now done.

On the inside of the card, line up the Mortarboard. It should be folded in half, with the fold towards the middle. The corner of the fold closest to the tab should line up with the center fold on the card.

position piece Careful not to shift the pieces, put adhesive on the tab, then close the card. Press down on the area with the adhesive to secure.

Open the card, and repeat this process, gluing the second tab in place.

Insert the triangle end of the tassel into the slot.

insert tassel

Your card is complete and ready for gift-giving!

finished pop up graduation card

And be sure to check out all these other great crafts that celebrate the end of the school year!


 

 

Simple Graduation Party Favors

I love hosting parties, and sending my guests off with a favor that means something special to the guest of honor. These simple graduation party favors can hold anything you like – put candy, a note, a thumb drive of photos, a keyring… or any small gift or token into the boxes to give to the guests at your graduation party. They’ll love leaving with a token commemorating the occasion!

This project is part of a whole week of End-of-School-Year posts that use the Cricut Machine. My friends Angie from the Country Chic Cottage, Jessica from Mad in Crafts, and Jen from 100 Directions and I are all sharing fun end-of-school-year posts this week, and we’ve invited some of our craftiest friends to join in! Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this page for more fun ideas!

graduation party favors

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To make these graduation party favors, you’ll need:

Cardstock in 2 colors
Hot Glue
Tissue Paper
Cricut Machine (Get it online at Cricut here or on Amazon here)

supplies

Cut out the pieces using this Graduation Party Favor cut file in Cricut Design Space. Glue the smaller piece on the inside to cover the diploma cut-out.

glue highlight

Fold up the flap, add a line of glue, and fold down the other side.

glue flap

Push the ends in to create the box shape.

push in flaps

Wrap your small token in tissue paper, and tuck it inside the box. Repeat, making enough boxes for all your guests. And a few extras, just in case.

finished graduation party favors

And be sure to check out all these other great end-of-school-year craft ideas!

 


Graduation Party Banner

If you’re looking for a way to customize your Graduation Party decor, this graduation party banner is super simple! Use whatever colors of cardstock that will compliment your theme (and school colors are a great springboard for a graduation party theme), and let your Cricut do the cutting! The banners come together super quickly after all the cutting is complete!

This project is part of a week-long series of end-of-school-year crafts that I’m doing with my friends! Be sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom of this page to check out all of the awesome end-of-school projects we’ve made using the Cricut machine!

Graduation Party Banner

To make your graduation party banner you’ll need:

Cardstock in your chosen colors
Ribbon

Use the Graduation banner cut file for Cricut Design Space. Cut as many as you need to fill your party space.

When peeling the more intricate designs from the mat, lay the mat face-down on a table, then roll the mat away from the table, back onto itself. This peels the mat from the paper rather than the paper from the mat so you don’t have curling paper.

peel mat off

Once all your pieces are cut and removed from the mats, string ribbon through the holes at the top.

Your banner is ready to hang!

Be sure to check out these other end-of-school-year craft ideas using your Cricut machine!

 


DIY Mini Tassel – Tiny Graduation Tassel

These mini tassels are simple to make using thread and jewelry making supplies. And you’ll find that making a mini tassel is super addictive as well! These cute, tiny tassels are perfect for making a cap-and-gown for a doll, for use in scrapbooking or card making, or for making jewelry with, as I will be doing next week!

DIY Mini Tassels

 

To make a mini tassel, you’ll need:

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Thread
Scissors
Crimping Beads
Crimping Tool
Beading Pliers
Small Jump Rings

mini tassel supplies

Wrap thread around your fingers. You’ll need 20 lengths of thread for each tassel. Cut thread.

wrap thread

Put a loop of thread through a crimping bead.

create loop

Insert the bundle of threads through the loop. Center the loop midway on the thread bundle, then pull through the crimping bead.

pull thread through

Use the crimping tool to secure the crimping bead.

crimp

Add the jump ring, and remove the white thread.

ready to trim

Trim to length. I used the width of my finger to get a similar length when making multiple tassels.

measure to cut to length

trim mini tassel

Make as many mini tassels as you need for your project… or until you can’t stand the cuteness any more!

finished mini tassels

DIY Tissue Paper Streamers

When I was growing up, I would wake up on my birthday to find the house decorated with beautiful tissue paper streamers. Year after year each of us kids would wake up to find these colorful decorations celebrating our special day. It was such a special tradition. I remember hanging these tissue paper streamers (we called them “slingers,” which is the Dutch word for streamers) at night for my brothers’ birthday celebrations. They were so delicately put together. I always wanted to replicate them. And now, a few decades later, I finally have made my own DIY Tissue Paper Streamers!

These DIY Tissue paper streamers were cut out using the Cricut Maker. The rotary blade makes it possible to cut delicate materials, like the tissue paper. If you want to see more fun projects made by cutting tissue paper on the Cricut, scroll down to see more ideas!

DIY Tissue Paper Streamers cut on the Cricut Maker and very simple to glue together

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To make your DIY Tissue Paper Streamers you’ll need:

Very worn-out Cricut Fabric Mat (the pink one)
Tissue Paper (the kind you use in gift bags)
Cardstock
Glue (a less-watery glue like Aleene’s is best)
String

supplies for tissue paper streamers

You can start by cutting the two small ends from cardstock. You need a pair of these for each streamer. They are important. Cut these using your regular blade (also called the “fine point” blade).

Then cut out the flower shapes on the very worn-out Cricut Fabric Mat using the rotary blade. If you don’t have a pink mat, you can use a blue one, but whichever mat you use you want it to be very, very well seasoned. Unusable for any other material. The mat you probably should have thrown out 6 months ago. So well seasoned that if it was on a dinner menu, it would have three chili peppers next to it. A mat so ugly only its mother could love it… and tissue paper. Tissue paper will love this thing.

I cannot stress it enough – having a worn out mat is essential if you want to remove your designs intact, rather than scrape off remnants in frustration. If you don’t have a well seasoned mat, this craft will take you much longer than 30 minutes to make.

You can cut 8 of these flowers at a time on a 12″x24″ mat. I made mine in sets of 3 different colors. How many you make total will depend on how long you want your streamer to be, and how much time you want to commit to making the streamer. Every 8 pieces will make about 12″ of tissue paper streamer.

To peel up the flower shapes, start by peeling away the outside. Go carefully, but if it rips, it is fine. It is remnants anyway. Use it as packing material for a box, or recycle it.

peel back tissue cut with the Cricut Maker

I tried different tools to pull up the tissue. My favorite was these curved tweezers. They slide best around the corners and under the notches to lift up the tissue. If you don’t have these tweezers already, they are part of the Cricut Essential Tool Set.

curved tweezers

Once you have some of the edges up, you can carefully peel up the whole design.

peel up tissue

Assemble the tissue paper streamers

Collect sets of two in matching colors. You’ll notice that of the 6 large curves, three have decorative windows cut out of them, and three do not. On one piece of each pair, add a dab of glue on the large curves that don’t have the notches.

add glue to tissue

That is three dabs of glue. If you’re using watery glue, that will become evident at this point. Find a more robust adhesive, because the glue running through the tissue will become really frustrating as you continue this project.

glue at corners

Place the other half of the pair on top of the piece with the glue dots, lining up the curves and windows.

Repeat with all the sets.

On each end, glue one of the small cardstock flowers.

paper ends

Start stacking the pairs. Between each pair, add dots of glue around the center.

dots of glue

Start with one end piece with the small cardstock flower attached, cardstock side down. Finish with the other endpiece, cardstock side up. When you’re finished, you’ll have a stack of tissue flowers sandwiched between the two smaller cardstock flowers.

Allow to dry.

Thread the string through one of the holes in the cardstock end, through the center hole of the stack of tissue flowers, and out the cardstock hole on the other end. You can tie one end now. Wait until you stretch out the streamer before you tie the other end.

tie end

That is it! So fun and festive – you can make yours in whatever seasonal colors you like!

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Tissue Paper Streamer DIY - so fun to make, this light and colorful tissue paper streamer

If you liked these tissue paper streamers, you might also enjoy this Graduation party banner and this fun half birthday party idea!

And check out all these other fun projects you can make with tissue paper and your Cricut Maker!

 

Mini Mortarboard Headband

Wearing a Mortarboard at graduation is a rite of passage. Yes, it is a goofy hat with a tassel, but has such great ceremony and tradition behind it. However, it is pretty clunky to wear during a party. Make a mini mortar board to put on a headband, and you can wear your graduation cap as a cute accessory for the whole day!

This project is part of our big End-of-school-year Cricut event! All week long we’re sharing crafts that you can make with your Cricut machine, all celebrating the end of the school year!

Mini Mortarboard Headband - Graduation Cap Headband

To make your mortarboard headband, you’ll need:

Headband
Black Cardstock
Embroidery Floss
Needle
Hot Glue
Scissors

Use the Mini Mortarboard cut file I created in Cricut Design Space to cut the mini graduation cap. The file will cut 2 of each piece so that you can make 2 hats.

Mortarboard pieces

While the hat is cutting, make the mini tassel. Cut two 10″ pieces of embroidery floss. Set aside.

From the spool, wrap the embroidery floss around 3 fingers 25-20 times.

loop around fingers

Cut, severing one end of the loop.

Use one 10″ piece of embroidery floss through the loop.

loop top

Use the second 10″ piece to wrap around the top of the tassel. Tie tightly in place.

pull cord

Trim all the ends even. If you want more details on making tassels, check out my mini tassel making tutorial.

trim up

Pick up the hat pieces. Curve the long piece to fit the slots into each other. The tabs should be hidden on the inside.

fold in ends

Fold up the tabs around the circle, tuck in, and glue into place.

Thread the ends of the embroidery floss onto a needle. Insert into the center of the square.

 

insert ends

Adjust the length, making sure that the tassel hangs off the end of the graduation cap. Trim the threads, then sandwich between the two hat pieces with a dollop of glue.

finished mini mortarboard

Glue the hat to the headband.

Finished mortarboard headband

Be sure to check out these other fun projects!

 


First and Last Day Photo Frame

At the end of the school year, it is fun to look back to see how much a child has changed and grown. This simple “First and Last Day” photo frame lets you and your child compare side-by-side just how far they have come! Print out photos and put them in this simple frame to see how much they have changed this year!

This project is part of a special week of Cricut projects some of my friends and I are putting on. Each day this week we’re sharing projects that celebrate the end of the school year – graduation, teacher gifts, and more! Scroll all the way down to find dozens of ideas for end-of-school-year crafts to make!

First and Last Day Photo Frame

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To make this First and Last Day photo frame, you’ll need:

3 colors/prints of cardstock
Photos or photo printer (I love my Canon Selphy)
Glue
Scissors
Cricut Machine (get one on the Cricut Site or on Amazon)

Cut out the pieces using the First and Last Day Frame Cut file.

supplies for photo frame

Print out your pictures from the first and last day of school. You can use the first and last day of the same grade, the first and last day of elementary school, or even the first day of kindergarten and the last day of their senior year! So many ways to interpret what the first and last days of the school year are! And you don’t have to limit yourself – you can make one each year, or several!

I’m using the Canon Selphy to print out my photos. It is super quick and easy to use, and I can print photos right from my phone onto photo paper!

print photos

Trim up the photos. You can cut them a little larger than the hole in the frame (the hole is 3″), or you can trace the outside, and trim the photos slightly smaller than the traced line.

trace frame

Glue the layers together, and you’re all done!

first and last frames

Be sure to check out all the other fun ways to celebrate the end of the school year!


Poka Dot Frame

Looking for a fun way to display photos? This DIY Poka Dot Frame is so bright and colorful, and is a great way to celebrate special moments. You can keep one fun photo in the frame year-round, or change out the picture to celebrate birthdays, successes, and other special occasions.

DIY Poka Dot Frame - a great way to celebrate special occasions. This is a 30 Minute Craft (or less)!

To make your own Poka Dot Frame, you’ll need:

Wooden Frame
Paint
Paintbrush
Glitter Mod Podge
Large Confetti

poka dot frame supplies

Remove the glass from the frame, and paint the frame white. Allow to dry.

paint frame

Once the frame is completely dry, paint on some Mod Podge in a small area.

paint on glitter mod podge

Add a confetti dot. Secure in place with another layer of Mod Podge on top.

place poka dots

The Mod Podge will soak into the tissue paper of the confetti, giving it a lovely translucent look.

add mod podge

Add more layers of glitter Mod Podge and more dots. Scatter the dots all over the frame.

add more and more

You can overlap the dots. Make sure that you have dots that go over the sides of the frame as well.

allow to dry

Once you are happy with the way your frame looks, or you are all out of confetti, set it aside to dry.

After your poka dot frame has dried, you can put the glass back, and add a celebration-worthy photo.

finished poka dot frame - a fun way to celebrate special occasions

I’d say my kids going back to school was pretty celebration worthy!

You can keep one picture in the frame all year, or change out the photo to celebrate special occasions. Or you can keep the frame tucked away, and only take it out on Birthdays, Graduations, and such. There are so many ways to use a frame like this. Just looking at all those colorful dots makes me happy!

Check out these other fun frames! My Googly Eye Photo frame, Piggy bank frame, Instax cartridge picture frames, and my studded frame! There are so many fun ways to use frames and display photos!

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“Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” Inspired Bracelet

“Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” is an awesome Dr. Seuss book for anyone at a crossroads in life – a graduation, new job, a move, or even the loss of a job. As much as I love reading the book, I thought it would be nice to have a piece of jewelry with one of my favorite quotes from the book. Which was the hardest part. Picking a quote. “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” is filled with page after page of inspiring quotes.

I made this Seuss Inspired bracelet as part of Craft Lightning week this week. All week long, my co-host Angie from The Country Chic Cottage and our guest co-host Sarah from Mom Endeavors are sharing fast, 15 minute Seuss-inspired crafts. We’ve also invited some of our blogging friends to come up with some fast Seuss-inspired crafts of their own. Check out their crafts at the bottom of this post.

 

Oh the Places You'll go Inspired Painted Bracelet

To make the bracelet, you’ll need:
Wooden Bracelet
DecoArt Multi Surface Paints (flamingo, apple green, and white birch)
Paint Brush
Permanent Ink fine-tipped pen

supplies for bracelet

Start by painting the bracelet white, and putting it aside to dry.

allow paint to dry

Write the quote around the bracelet.

write quote

Paint in the green grass areas.

paint grass areas

Paint in pink tree tops. Allow to dry.

paint trees

Draw in some wiggly lines around the grass, and the tree trunks.

draw in grass and tree trunks

Bracelet complete!

Wooden Bracelet with Dr Seuss Quote

Check out these other fun Seuss inspired crafts:

Pet Scribbles made this fun Seuss Printable quote.

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Happy Go Lucky whipped up these cute Seuss notebooks.

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Scrappy Chick 101 created some imaginative Seuss-inspired wooden spoon creatures.

seuss inspired Seuss Characters

Looking for a fun snack to go along with your Seuss reading? This Lorax veggie tray from Desert Chica Ramblings is adorable!

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I’m in love with this Seuss centerpiece from Frog Prince Paperie.

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Laura’s Crafty Life shows you how to get interactive with your Seuss stories, making a Horton Hatches the Egg Felt Storyboard.

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My Craftily Ever After also has a cute Seuss Printable:

 

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Sara from Mom Endeavors made a fun set of One Fish, Two Fish bath toys.

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And Angie from the Country Chic Cottage, my long-time co-host for Craft Lightning, put a Seuss quote on a wooden plaque.

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Be sure to stop back by tomorrow for one last day of fun and Fast Seuss crafting!

Craft Lightning Day 2 Roundup

I’m loving this week of Craft Lightning! Normally, when Angie from the Country Chic Cottage and I do these week-long series, we choose a theme. This week, we didn’t select any kind of theme – we are doing all kinds of fast crafts – leaving it wide open for ourselves and the bloggers that are joining us in crafting along. Though I love seeing all the different variations on a theme, I really love seeing all the variety this week as well!

Randi from Sowdering About Seattle made the most adorable flower block wall decor.

flower block wall

 

Katie from Addicted to DIY whipped up an adorable DIY lampshade.

simple lamp makeover

If you’re looking for a simple graduation gift, Danielle from Busy Mom’s Helper has you covered with this adorable way to wrap candy as a gift.

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Summer is picnic season – make sure you’re ready with these utensil holders by Randi at FrugElegance.

 

mason jar utensil holders

Speaking of Summer, it is time to get some Patriotic crafts done, and Laura from Pet Scribbles has a great way to get started… this adorable patriotic tag banner.

Patriotic Banner DIY

If you’re looking for an easy and inexpensive wedding favor, Niki from Homemadeville has the cutest idea. These Stenciled Tongs Wedding Favors are adorable!

 

tongs wedding favor

 

Pauline over at Club Chica Circle decorated votives with zip ties! Such an original idea, and I bet they look awesome when they are all lit up!

zip tie votives

Speaking of candles, these stackable tea lights are super fun – head over Refresh Restyle to see what Debbi filled them with to help her home smell amazing!

 

stackable tea light holders

Angie, my crafty partner for this series made some dyed glitter clothespins. These are great for all kinds of uses – from clipping together papers, to securing the top of chip bags in the kitchen.

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And I whipped up a fun DIY charm bracelet! I’m sharing jewelry tutorials all week long, each project building on what we did the previous day… but all simple enough to tackle as your first jewelry project!

15 Minute Charm Bracelet Tutorial

If you have a fast craft you’d like to share, be sure to add it to the craft lightning linky! And come back tomorrow for more fast crafting goodness!