Graduation Ideas Round Up


Do you know someone who is graduating this year? It could be a kindergarten child or a college graduate.  Chances are they are going to enjoy one or more of the following fun graduation ideas.  I collected a few of my favorites from friends around the web and put them all here for you to find.  Be sure to check them out!

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Grad Owl Gift Bag and Cookies – with Printable

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Graduation Cupcakes

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Graduation Diploma Party Favor

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Diploma Money Bucket

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Graduation Pretzel Pops

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Graduation Peanut Butter Cup Push-Pops

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Graduation Cap Push Up Pops

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Framed Emergency Money

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Tassel Garland in School Colors

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Smarties Graduation Favor

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Graduation Cap Gift Jar

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Graduation Cap Gift Box

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Graduation Cap Card

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Graduation Gift Card Holder

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 Graduation Cap & Diploma Money Card

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Graduation Gift Card Holder

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 Candy Graduation Pops

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Graduation Cap Cookies

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Diploma Cake

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Candy Filled Chocolate Graduation Cap Cookies

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Graduation Cap Box

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Graduation Invitations

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Dr. Seuss Graduation Party

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Graduation Necklace

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Graduation Cookies

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Graduate Faces Cookie Party Favor

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Candy Graduation Cap Pop

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Graduation Printables

Graduation Gift & Pinterest Party

Still looking for a simple Graduation gift idea for your Graduate? Why not make a simple Graduation gift jar and fill it with your graduates favorite candy or some money?  Fill it with the graduates school colored candy.

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I simply took a Starbucks Frappuccino Bottle and wrapped a black strip of card stock around the top to make the base of the Graduation Cap and then glued a black card stock square on the top of it.

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Then wrap another strip of the card stock around the base and then attach the graduation date which I punched out of paper with my 1 inch paper punch.  Add a little graduation gift tag to the top of the bottle and you are good to go.  So easy, but fun and festive!


Any graduate…from Kindergarten to College would be happy to be gifted this cute Graduation Gift jar.


To download the Graduate Gift tag, simply click on the link below the image, and then print at the size you would like the gift tag to be.  I printed mine in the above picture and 1.5 x 1.5 square.  Looking for another graduation idea to add to your graduation party? Check out these fun Graduation Party Drinks.

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Graduation Gift Tags Printable

And…it is time once again for our Group Pinterest Party.  If you have not played along with us in the past, we would love to have you join us.  It is a great way to get some great traffic and pins and repins for your projects.  Read below to learn more:


The Mom/Dad/Grad-themed Year of Celebrations Pinterest party will be held this Sunday, May 4, and you all are all cordially invited to join in!

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The monthly Year of Celebrations Pinterest Party is the place to find THE most comprehensive, inspiring Pinterest board on the block. Each and every month, we’ll be focusing on a different holiday or celebration, and this month is all about Moms, Dads and Grads! Here are all of the details for how YOU can participate:

  • What: A Pinterest Party to celebrate all things Mom/Dad/Grad!
  • When: THIS Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 9 p.m. EST/ 8 p.m. Central/ 7 p.m. MST/ 6 p.m. PST

How you can participate:

  • Round up YOUR favorite Mom, Dad or Graduation projects and recipes. Anything goes: crafts, decor, sweet treats, and more!
  • Follow the Year of Celebrations Pinterest board.

  • When the party kicks off, tweet YOUR favorite project and/or link using the hashtag #yearofcelebrations. Helpful hint: We highly recommend putting the hashtag at the beginning of your tweet to ensure it doesn’t get cut off.
  • On Sunday, May 4, tune in at 9 p.m. EST and watch as we build a board full of amazing ideas – including yours!
  • Be sure to follow along during the party to repin and comment on the board’s posts using the hashtag #yearofcelebrations.

We are so excited to PIN and SHARE all of your amazing projects!

Graduation Party Drinks

The graduation season is upon us, and chances are you know someone who is graduating from college, high school, middle school and even kindergarten. If you plan on throwing a graduation party or celebrating a graduate this year, why not add some fun graduation decor and drinks to your graduation party.

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These graduation straws are so easy to make and they add some fun pizzaz to your party.  I love how sometimes even the simplest of crafts can add a big impact to the overlook of a table setting or party decor.

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All you need are some straws and cute serving glasses…even with a plastic cup these straws would be really adorable.  To make the graduation caps all you need is some black card stock.  Cut out a 2 inch square and then poke a hole in the exact middle of the square using the point of a sharp pencil…this is where you will put the straw through.  Then cut a rectangle that measures 5 x 2 inches.  Roll the rectangle into a circle and glue the two ends together with hot glue.  Then glue the circle on the square.  Slide the graduation cap onto the  straw.  Add a little dab of glue if needed to hold the graduation cap in place on the straw.

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I also added a little black band around the bottles and added a graduation date of 2014.  You could also add your favorite graduates name, or other words that fit your party like congratulations!

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Happy Graduation!

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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?


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