I’m sure the title of my post makes no sense but I’ll explain. We wanted a way for everyone to acknowledge that they were at my nephews graduation party, but didn’t want a traditional guest book. So in all of the crafty emails I get daily, I found a link to this post from Celebrations. I took mine a few steps further in the decorations though.
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I found the jar at Target, it’s the large cracker jar. I made a belly band with some camouflage paper and added a strip of black burlap on top. This tied in the elements I used on the invites for the party. The tag I created on my computer and cut out by hand. I also cut out a larger black tag to layer the kraft one on top of. I used foam tape to attach and add some dimension. I wanted to make the lid into a graduation cap, it may seem difficult, but it’s not.
I first cut a strip of black cardstock that was long enough to go around the lid. I ended up having to use two pieces as the lid was longer than the cardstock I had…I think I ended up needing a 16″ piece. I made that strip 1″ wider than I needed. I also cut two black circles, slightly smaller than the lid size, I used my Coluzzle circle cutter for this as my Spellbinders circles were too small. I then cut a 6″ square for the top and 2, 5/8″ circles to act as the button that goes on top. I thought about using an actual button, but since this is for a boy, I didn’t want it to look girly.
I first attached the strip around the rim of the lid. I wanted it to be removable, so I did not put adhesive on the entire strip, just where I pieced it together. You will now have 1″ of the paper sticking up above the top of the lid…cut 1/2″ tabs along the entire piece. When you’re finished, fold those tabs over to give them a crease. Place one of the black circles on top of the lid then glue down each of your tabs to that piece, this takes some time. I used Zip Dry adhesive, and that sped up the dry time. After that was all done I added the second circle on top to help secure the tabs even more. When that was dry, I added the square piece on top, centering it to the lid.
The tassel was made by cutting a couple of strips of paper 1 1/2″ wide…I believe my black strip was 7″ long and my camo one was 6″. I then used my Martha Stewart fringe scissors to cut the edges, leave about 1/2″ piece uncut. I also cut a thin black strip, 1/8″ x 8 1/2″. After cutting all of the fringes I attached the two pieces together, centering the camo paper to the black…pattern side down, so as you roll it it will end up being on the outside. I also attached the thin strip about 2 inches from one end. I added some adhesive to the area of the tassel that was not cut and started rolling it up. Once that was done I took one of the small circles I punched out and attached to the center of the top…add the other end of the strip and then the last small circle to sandwich it in…all done!
For the “diplomas” on the inside. Those are pieces of paper that each guest can write something on, advice to the graduate, words of wisdom, etc. They can then roll them up and place either a small rubberband around it or a piece of twine. I’ll have both options for those who may not want to tie the string. Celebrations has some printables you can download and print. I created my own as I wanted different sayings on mine as well as a different font and color. I found some neat paper from Office Depot that has banana fibers in it…it just added to the outdoorsy feel we had going with the party. I printed 3 to a page. I used Publisher to create my document using a brochure template.
Sorry for the long post, but I wanted to have a few directions in case anyone wanted to make this themselves.
So, what do you think?
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