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This simple DIY Graduation Memory Board makes a great gift for your high school or college grad!
The school year is winding down and that means some lucky seniors will be graduating! I’ve gotten a few graduation announcements in the mail already. I still remember what an exciting time graduation was, and how much fun I had picking out my invitations and planning the party (see I was a party planner even back then!). Of course back then we picked our invitations out of giant books and they all pretty much looked the same. Now there is Shutterfly where, in a few simple clicks you can personalize and order your invitations online and have them shipped right to your front door!
Receiving those invitations got Melinda and I thinking about graduation gifts. We’re both pretty sentimental and we still have small boxes with high school memories stored in them. After seeing some of Shutterfly’s current invitation designs we were inspired to make this graduation memory board. It’s a simple craft and would make a great, personalized, gift for someone who is graduating this year.
We chose a wooden plaque from The Wood Connection that mimicked the bracket design of the invitation, and we painted it white. Then we placed the graduation card in the center and surrounded it with high school memorabilia; a dried corsage, senior pictures, concert ticket stubs, etc. You’ll use whatever meant something to your grad, or you can just paint the board, mount the invitation in the center, and give it to them as a blank slate so they can add their own memories.
We used a glue dots to hold down the bigger items and the glossy photos, and we used Mod Podge to glue down the pictures we printed out, and the concert tickets. Make sure to leave a space next to the invitation for the tassel to hang. You can use a glue dot to hold it in place or tap a small nail in place and hang it on that.
We loved how it turned out and we both kind of wanted to make one for ourselves…then we thought that might be kind of weird since we’ve been out of high school since…well, for awhile now. I know new grads will really appreciate it though. It is totally something I would have hung up in my dorm room.
If you know someone who is graduating this year make sure to tell them about Shutterfly’s graduation invitation/announcements. You can get them in all different card sizes (6×8, 5×7, 4×8, 5×5, 4×5), and formats (flat, ¾ fold, tri-fold) and they are customizable with trim choices including square, rounded, bracket, ticket & scallop. Many of the cards have a custom color palette so you can customize them to match your school colors, and some even have foil stamped designs…I can’t resist a little gold foil on an invitation!
I think my favorite part of Shutterfly invitations is that you can personalize them with your picture, they even let you import instagram photos! Their cards also have an option to do a design on the back that gives you one last place to add that final fun pic.
Do you know someone who is graduating this year? How are you celebrating?