DIY Graduation Keepsake Box + Gift Ideas!

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Graduation time is upon us. I was blessed to be able to attend my own son-in-law’s graduation, as well as my daughter-in-law’s from BYU a few weeks ago. We are so proud of them, and all that they have accomplished in their lives. Go Cougars!

DIY Graduation Keepsake Box

Easy DIY Graduation Keepsake Box

If you are looking for a quick and easy graduation idea, you can’t go wrong with a DIY graduation keepsake box. Something that will allow the graduate to store their tassel, cap, class ring, etc…

Now, I am all for building a box with my own two hands. But I also know that graduation season is a busy time of year for all of us. So I decided on something that would be very simple for everyone to make in less then an hours time (not including dry time).

DIY Graduation Keepsake Box

Items Needed:

  1. Wooden Box
  2. Wood Stain
  3. Mod Podge
  4. Paint Brush
  5. Scrapbook Paper
  6. Stickers
  7. Scissors


Step 1: Take all the stickers off the box and apply the wood stain around the sides, bottom and inside of box. You do not need to stain the top.

DIY Graduation Keepsake Box

Step 2: Once the stain is dry you will need to cut your scrapbook paper into a variety of different shaped strips and pieces.

DIY Graduation Keepsake Box

Step 3: Mod Podge the strips and pieces onto the top of the box so that none of the box is showing. You can do a thin layer of mod podge on the bare wood to help the pieces stick down and then mod podge again over the top of all the scrapbook paper pieces.

DIY Graduation Keepsake Box

Step 4: Add stickers around the box and mod podge over the top of them.

Step 5: Let dry.

DIY Graduation Keepsake Box

There is no right or wrong way to make the graduation keepsake box. The boxes can be any size (Hobby Lobby has a large selection). You can use a variety of scrapbook paper and do all the sides and forgo the staining. You can stain the whole box and just add a few stickers here and there. The choice is yours. Have fun with it.

DIY Graduation Keepsake Box

Graduation Gift Ideas:

The Graduation Keepsake Box would make a great gift idea on their own. But if you are looking for ideas to fill it with, you can find a great selection of gift ideas below!

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13 thoughts on “DIY Graduation Keepsake Box + Gift Ideas!”

  1. Mod Podge is so versatile! Just using one bottle of it and our own design, sky’s the limit what we can create. I love DIY projects, as they give us a true, meaningful way to connect with people we love and care about.

  2. Aww, saving those memories this way is such a good idea. Graduation milestones mean a lot so you have to save some mementos.

  3. I love this idea. I really like the way you decorated this box. It turned out so great!

  4. This is a very well put idea you got in here. I don’t think anyone can say no to this. Such a perfect gift.

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