What gift does every new graduate want? Cold hard cash! But, simply slipping a few bills into a card isn’t very creative. This roundup of clever DIY projects offers several memorable ways to honor your favorite graduate with a cash gift.
This cute DIY graduation gift idea can be used to decorate the reception area, then taken apart for spending cash. Get the instructions over at Crazy Little Projects.
Balloons with a Special Surprise
Fill balloons with confetti in the graduate’s school colors and a few rolled up bills for a special treat. Photo courtesy of Sugar and Charm.
Fill a decorated jar with tiny dollar diplomas for a quick and easy graduation gift that’s sure to please. Get the instructions at No Biggie.
Stuff rolled bills into a light bulb shaped container and add a congratulatory tag. See more creative ways to give cash on the Good Housekeeping website.
Money Cupcake Toppers
Yummy cupcakes with cash toppers are a memorable way to give a cash gift. Head over to Lil’ Luna to learn more.
Dollar Bill Bracelet
A bracelet folded from dollar bills is a great way to present cash for any occasion, but especially appropriate for female graduates. You’ll need 14-18 bills for each bracelet. Get the tutorial at About Origami.
Money Origami Flowers
An arrangement of flowers made from money and paper in the graduate’s school colors makes for a unique keepsake. You’ll need five bills for each flower in this project. Learn more at LoveToKnow Origami.
A simple fan fold makes this money origami lei very easy to create. Honeysuckle on the Vine has the details.
This project creates a chain necklace from folded bills, topping it off with a customized medallion. Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss has the tutorial.
Water Bottle Full of Quarters
A water bottle filled with quarters is a thoughtful graduation idea for a student who will be attending college. The quarters will come in handy on laundry days and the water bottle can be used to stay hydrated while pulling an all-nighter. Photo courtesy of One Hundred Dollars a Month.
Change Jar with Tag
Fill a dollar store jar with spare change and add a cute decorative tag to make a thoughtful graduation gift. Head over to Capital B to download your free project printable.
Six Pack of Fun
Pair cash with bottles of candy in a decorated six pack holder for a memorable DIY graduation gift. Learn more and download your free project printable over at Busy Mom’s Helper.
Frame a few bills to provide a clever way to display “emergency” cash for your favorite graduate. Photo courtesy of Sendomatic.
The only thing better than pizza is a pizza made of cash. This clever idea comes from Making Memories with Your Kids.
Candy Box Surprise
Slip assorted bills and coins inside an empty chocolate box for a fun surprise. Idea courtesy of Andrea Dekker.