What gift does every new graduate want? Cold hard cash! But, simply slipping a few bills into a card isn’t very creative. This roundup of clever DIY projects offers several memorable ways to honor your favorite graduate with a cash gift.
This cute DIY graduation gift idea can be used to decorate the reception area, then taken apart for spending cash. Get the instructions over at
Balloons with a Special Surprise
Fill balloons with confetti in the graduate’s school colors and a few rolled up bills for a special treat. Photo courtesy of
Fill a decorated jar with tiny dollar diplomas for a quick and easy graduation gift that’s sure to please. Get the instructions at
Stuff rolled bills into a light bulb shaped container and add a congratulatory tag. See more creative ways to give cash on the
Money Cupcake Toppers
Yummy cupcakes with cash toppers are a memorable way to give a cash gift. Head over to
Dollar Bill Bracelet
A bracelet folded from dollar bills is a great way to present cash for any occasion, but especially appropriate for female graduates. You’ll need 14-18 bills for each bracelet. Get the tutorial at
Money Origami Flowers
An arrangement of flowers made from money and paper in the graduate’s school colors makes for a unique keepsake. You’ll need five bills for each flower in this project. Learn more at
A simple fan fold makes this money origami lei very easy to create.
This project creates a chain necklace from folded bills, topping it off with a customized medallion.
Water Bottle Full of Quarters
A water bottle filled with quarters is a thoughtful graduation idea for a student who will be attending college. The quarters will come in handy on laundry days and the water bottle can be used to stay hydrated while pulling an all-nighter. Photo courtesy of
Change Jar with Tag
Fill a dollar store jar with spare change and add a cute decorative tag to make a thoughtful graduation gift. Head over to
Six Pack of Fun
Pair cash with bottles of candy in a decorated six pack holder for a memorable DIY graduation gift. Learn more and download your free project printable over at
Frame a few bills to provide a clever way to display “emergency” cash for your favorite graduate. Photo courtesy of
The only thing better than pizza is a pizza made of cash. This clever idea comes from
Candy Box Surprise
Slip assorted bills and coins inside an empty chocolate box for a fun surprise. Idea courtesy of