All graduates love getting cash, and this Graduation Money Jar is a creative and fun way to give it! It’s one of The Best Graduation Gifts To Give.
They say that homemade gifts are often the most meaningful ones. Well, you don’t have to spend hours on something for it to mean a lot. This cute money jar gives the graduate what they need most – cash – and does it in a fun way.
In fact, you’ll have so much fun making them that you’ll look for excuses to give them away. And just like these 25 Best DIY Graduation Gifts the grad will love it!
This tutorial will show you how to make a basic black cap with a yellow tassel, but there are a bunch of ways to customize your graduation money jar.
This is such an easy graduation gift craft that anyone can make it! It’s a fun craft to make with your family and friends.
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Money Jar Supplies
You can get all of your supplies at the dollar store. When you save so much money on craft supplies, you’ll have more left over to give the graduate in cash!
Here is what you’ll need when you make a graduation cap money jar.
- Graduation Cap Pattern (below)
- Pint-Size Mason Jar with Lid
- Black Craft Foam
- Yellow Embroidery Floss/String or choose the school colors
- Black Button
- Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- White Paper, shredded
Either save money and buy it all at your Dollar store or buy all your money jar supplies from Amazon.
Download the Graduation Cap Patterns
To make it easier, I created free graduation cap template. These will fit easily on a pint-sized mason jar.
Download and print the free template below.
Once you have all your supplies, you’re ready to get crafting! All the exact steps are in the printable craft card below.
How Much Money To Give A Graduate
How much money should you give a graduate? This can depend on a lot of different things.
Are they graduating high school or college? Will they move on to an expensive college? Or are they taking a gap year?
In this article, I give more details on how much money to give as a graduation gift.
It’s generally accepted that high schoolers should get around $100-300 and college graduates should get between $150-500.
Personally, I suggest you follow your heart. How well do you know them? You can never go wrong with an even $100!
Fill the mason jar with tens and fives and your $100 will look pretty impressive.
And any amount of cash that you give will definitely be appreciated by the graduate!
More Graduation Gift Ideas
Are you looking for more graduation gift ideas? I have a bunch of articles that will help you out. Check these guides for some simple gifts you can buy online.
- Graduation Gifts For Friends
- Highschool Graduation Gifts For Teens
- College Graduation Gifts
- Sentimental Graduation Gifts
- Cute Graduation Gifts
Giving a graduation gift they’ll love is actually pretty easy. You can never go wrong with cash!
Want to know how to make a Graduation Cap money jar? Here’s the easy tutorial.
- Mason Jar, Pint – Dollar Store
- Craft Foam, Black – Dollar Store
- Embroidery Floss Skein - Yellow
- Button, Black – Dollar Store
- Glue Gun and Glue Sticks – Dollar Store
- Paper Shred, White – Dollar Store
- Gather all supplies. Remove the labels and packaging from the supplies. Using a ruler and scissors, measure a rectangle of black craft foam .75 inches wide by 9 inches long. Cut out with scissors.
- Measure a square of black craft foam that is 3.75 inches by 3.75 inches. Cut out the black craft foam square with scissors.
- Remove the labels from the embroidery floss skein, then measure and cut four lengths that are 12 inches each. Open the middle of the skein of floss. Tie and knot one of the embroidery floss lengths through and around each of the loops at the ends of the skein.
- Approximately .75 inches down from the top knot, tie one length of embroidery floss around the skein, securing it with a knot.
- Wrap each end around the skein three times. Wrap one to the left and one to the right. Secure again with a knot. Repeat on the opposite end of the skein.
- Trim the long ends of the wrapped embroidery floss with scissors. Measure and cut the skein of embroidery floss in half at the three-inch mark with scissors. Secure the knots with a small dot of glue from the glue gun.
- Attach the craft foam rectangle to the edge of the mason jar lid with a glue gun and glue sticks. Glue the craft foam square to the mason jar lid.
- Screw the lid onto the mason jar, and lay the tassel out on top of the grad cap. Trim the tassel hanger with scissors and attach it to the center of the grad cap top with a glue gun and glue sticks.
- To finish, glue the button on top of the tassel hanger to cover the cut end.
- Fill the Mason Jar Grad Cap with paper shred, and make tiny diplomas by rolling paper money and securing them with lengths of embroidery floss. The perfect graduation gift!
TIP: You can use liquid craft glue for this project, but you will have to wait for it to dry.