Saturday, May 21, 2011

DIY Graduation Gifts that Won't Break the Bank

"Let the graduate's skills, goals, awards and experiences guide you in planning a DIY graduation gift. Such a gift need not be expensive to demonstrate how happy you are for her."

Custom photo frame
Plain photo frame in desired size
Acrylic paint or sealant, for wood frames
Scrapbooking add-ons
Clear varnish or acrylic sealant
Optional: photo of graduate or family

Turn a plain photo frame into a special gift with the addition of images designed for scrapbooking. Incorporate the graduate’s interests, school colors or future plans into the design. Paint a plain wood frame or start with a simple finish.
Arrange the design elements around the frame. Once the layout satisfies you, secure them into place. Seal the design with clear varnish or acrylic and allow the frame to dry thoroughly.
Add a photo of the graduate which suits the theme of the frame for a unique and personal gift. If she will be going away following graduation, consider decorating the frame with images of favorite family activities and using a photo of the family.

Custom diploma frame
Matted document frame
Scrapbooking add-ons

Use scrapbooking add-on elements to decorate the mat around a diploma frame with images appropriate for the graduate. Look for lettering in school colors, images representing the subject of the degree or certificate or symbols of favorite activities.
This simple mat turns the frame into a personal representation of the student and allows him to hang the diploma or certificate on a wall instead of burying it in a drawer.

Cross-stitched wall hanging
Cross-stitching pattern depicting the subject of the degree
Cross-stitching pattern of letters for personalization
Fabric for stitching the design
Embroidery tools: floss, needles, hoop, scissors
Optional: mat and frame

If you have time to complete a cross-stitched hanging for the graduate, you’ll give something very special. Visit your local needlecraft or hobby shop for career-oriented patterns and add the graduate’s name, degree and date of graduation from basic lettering charts.
The adventurous crafter can graph a cross-stitched motto or adage or even a version of the diploma! Let your imagination guide you toward the perfect idea for your cross-stitched gift.

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