Graduation Gift

Graduation season is in full swing.  Chances are you know someone who is graduating from High School or College…or in my case…both.


Usually I tend to revert to the old card and money gift because let’s face it…it’s easy and May is a crazy busy month at my house.  This year I wanted to come up with a similar “easy” gift, but one that was a lot more fun to give and get!


I made a simple cover for a Rolo candy bar to cover up the regular Rolo label.  Then before I placed the cover on the Rolo’s I folded a $20 bill and taped it carefully onto the gold foil wrapper so that it could roll up into the cover with a little end sticking out.


I thought it might be really important that the money is obviously showing so that someone eager to eat the Rolos notices the $20 before crumpling it up and throwing it out as trash.  That would not be good.


Then I simply put the Graduation label over the Rolos.  Then I made a simple little Graduation Cap and added it onto the top of the Rolos.  Tie a little ribbon around the Rolos in the color of the Graduates school.


To download a copy of the Rolo labels click on the link below:

{Graduation Rolo Gift Labels}

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To make the Graduation cap all you need to do is simply cut a rectangle strip of black cardstock 3.5 inches x 3/4 inches and a square 1.5 inches x 1.5 inches.  Roll the rectangle up and glue it so that it fits onto the top of the Rolo.  Then I added a silver brad on the top and then glued the top of the cap onto it.


That’s it.  Pretty simple right?!  Happy Graduations!

Need some more Graduation Gift ideas? Check out these past posts:

Graduation Oreo Pops

Graduation Treat

Chalk Board mug gift

I am always looking for a fun and inexpensive gift idea for a teacher or friends.  Now, there is nothing new and exciting about a mug with candy in it…unless that mug has a fun chalkboard label on it.  I saw something similar while perusing the aisles of Target one day.  It had been three weeks since I had been there…THREE WEEKS!  So I was getting my Target fix and saw a Chalk Board Mug. So what is a crafty girl to do? Yep! I made my own.


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Target was even kind enough to have some different colored mugs on sale for $1.99.  So I snagged a couple.  Here is how I made mine.  I cut out a heart shape from my vinyl collection.  Contact paper will work well too.  Make a stencil in the shape or design of your choice.

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Then I used some Folk Art Bake-On Enamel Paint in Engine Red.  I mixed it with some Non-Sanded Grout to Make Chalk Board Paint.  You can find the recipe for that here:

Make Your Own Chalk Board Paint


Then I simply painted a couple coats of it onto the mug and baked in on low heat in my oven for an hour to set the paint.  So easy.


Prime the chalk board paint by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk onto it first and then wipe off the chalk.  This should prime your chalkboard label so that you can write new messages to your hearts content. (pun totally intended)  I also put the word “love” on the other side of the mug using the same process as above.


A super easy and inexpensive gift idea.  Spruce it up by adding a gift card to Starbucks or attach a package of your favorite hot cocoa mix…or…my personal favorite…fill it with CHOCOLATE!

Oh…and where did I get that adorable framed picture?  That would be from the talented and lovely Lara from Less Cake, More Frosting!  You can purchase your own copy of it in her shop Announced Design.  There are a lot more where this came from.


This post is dedicated to a week-long series with some other bloggers and shop owners: Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage, Kellie at Nest of Posies, Liz from Hoosier Homemade, and Charlotte from The Paper Cupcake!

On Monday, Liz her adorable Pink Lemonade Pies and a giveaway for The Paper Cupcake. On Tuesday, Gina shared her fun Valentine Mantel and a giveaway for Baybee-Dahl Boutique.  Wednesday, Kellie from Nest Of Posies made some darling Valentine Envelopes.

We have also set up a Pinterest Board for Valentine’s Week if you are as addicted as I am.

And…if that is not enough…come back tomorrow when we share an amazing Valentine Printable from The Paper Cupcake! Just wait till you see it! Love it!

Need some more Valentine’s Day Ideas? Check out these past Idea Room Valentine’s Ideas.

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Festive Fourth of July Treats

Are you still looking for some fun red, white and blue recipes to help you celebrate Independece Day? Here are some fun ideas we will be bringing to our family celebration this year.

The first dessert is so simple, but absolutely delicious. And depending on the amount of cool whip or real whipping cream you use, fairly healthy. We had this for dessert earlier this week. Yum!

Then I saw these fun sugar cookies and immediately commisioned my kids to help me make some. Here is the tutorial video from Family Fun we watched to learn how to make them. (This link takes you to the videos but you need to click on the picture of the sugar cookies below the video to get the instructions for the cookies. For some reason I can’t get it to play the cookie video instead of the popsicle video). They are so easy and quite tasty!

We also saw the idea on Family Fun for making these fun popsicles.

Here is the link for the how-to-video. They were also very easy to make. Just make sure you give yourself some time to freeze each layer in between so that you have distinct color separations.

My kids thought these were so yummy. My husband even had two in one sitting. They are going to be perfect after our delicious 4th of July BBQ on a hot summer day.

Graduation Treats


Thanks to Letti, one fabulous friend, I was reminded of a couple graduates who I needed to give a little recognition to for their upcoming graduation ceremonies. I whipped up these bad boys from Bakerella. They were super easy and made up pretty quickly. Way easier than her cake pops, which I tried with disastrous results, by the way. I guess I am not a cake pop maker. But we sure enjoyed eating the scraps! Anyways, I gave these along with the book by Dr. Suess, Oh The Places You Will Go, but I forgot to take a picture of the books before giving them away!

Have you given or received any memorable graduation gifts?