DIY Graduation Gift Box

While it’s true that “what’s inside matters most,” it doesn’t hurt to have a pretty package, too!😂 So we’re sharing this DIY graduation gift box idea so you can give a gift that celebrates your grad with style … inside and out!

Graduation Ornaments And DIY Graduation Cap Gift Box from Bronner's
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DIY Graduation Cap Gift Box

This DIY graduation cap gift box yields a 4″ x 4″ gift box, matching Bronner’s ornament box in size.


  • Black Poster Board
  • Template*
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Glue Stick
  • Black Button (needle & black thread.) – Or alternatively, a large black brad.
  • Two Skeins of Six-Strand Embroidery Floss (one skein of each school color)

*Template dimensions at 100% should be 16½” x 13½”. Alternatively, you can recycle one of Bronner’s ornament boxes as a template by opening it up, laying it flat, and tracing it. Additionally, you will need a 6¼” square for the cap top.

DIY Graduation Cap Gift Box Supplies


STEP 1 Trace the template onto your black poster board and cut along the cut lines.

Cutting DIY Graduation Gift Box

Next, using a ruler as a guide, fold along the fold lines.

Folding DIY Graduation Gift Box

With glue on the glue edge, fold the box and seal. (You may opt to add tape on the inside as an additional seal.)

Glue DIY Graduation Gift Box
fold and seal DIY Graduation Gift Box

Fold and tuck the bottom flaps into the slits.

Fold DIY Graduation Gift Box

Glue the top of the box generously to adhere the cap top.

Attach the top cap of graduation cap to box.

Sew the button to the center of the box lid.

Sew button on to DIY Graduation Gift Box


Cut open one end of each of the skeins of embroidery flosses. Set one six-strand of each color aside to use as ties. Stretch the remaining floss out on your surface, combined.

Find the center and tie the strings together using one of the six-strands you set aside. Then knot the ends of your tie together to form a loop. (This loop will wrap around the button to attach the tassel to the cap.)

Fold the flosses in half at the center tie. About 1″ down from the top of the fold, tie the second six-strand. Wrap each end of the six-strand tightly around the tie to form the top of the tassel. When you have just a couple of inches of each end of the six-strand left to wrap, thread each into a small needle and tuck the loose end inside the tassel top.

DIY Graduation tassel from embroidery floss

Hang your homemade tassel from the button top and voila!

DIY Graduation Gift Box

Bronner’s Gift Boxes, Easy As 1-2-3

If you’re short on time or not particularly in to DIYs, Bronner’s has an alternative solution that’s just as attractive and as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Pick your ornaments.
  2. Select a gift box size.
  3. And arrange!
Bronner's Gift Box For Graduation Or Any Occassion

This 12″ Bronner’s graduation gift box features:

Tips For Choosing Ornaments For Your Gift Box

➤ A mix of ornaments that celebrate the occasion. Be sure to personalize some!

➤ Find ornaments that look to the future, celebrating plans (like college, trades, military, dreams or goals.)

➤ Blessings or prayers are also a great addition!

If you’d like help customizing your gift box for graduation (or any occasion!) – Bronner’s customer service team is happy to help!

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Con-GRAD-ulations To The …

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