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Graduation Card in a Can

By: Fawnda Norman for Fireflies and Jellybeans

What does a Grad want as a gift from you at their open house?  Money or gift card.  Here is a cute way to dress up the gift of money or gift card in a unique card in a can. Project designed by Fawnda Norman.

Graduation Gift Can


  • Can (Peanut cans work good, I use the Gerber Lil' Crunches cans)
  • Scrapbook paper (I like to try to match the High School colors)
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • X-acto Knife
  • adhesive


  1. Clean out your can.
  2. Using your can mark how tall you need to cut your paper to cover the can.

    Graduation Gift Can
  3. Cut out the paper and glue it to cover the outside of your can.
  4. Trace around the top of your can. cut of the circle.

    Graduation Gift Can-Cutting
  5. Hot glue the paper circle to the top of the can.
  6. For the strip around: Cut out a strip the is about 1/2 inch thick. Ink the edges to give it a distress look and fold it back in forth like a fan.

    Graduation Gift Can- Paper
  7. Unfold a bit and crinkle in your hand to make the paper easier to handle and more distressed.

    Graduation Gift Can-Crinkle
  8. Hot glue the strip around the edge of the lid. Try to keep some of the wrinkles in the paper while you are glue-ing. I needed to use more than one strip to make it all the way around.

    Graduation Gift Can- Top
  9. Using an X-acto knife on a safe surface cut a slit into the lid. Make sure you go through all layers.

    Graduation Gift Can- Cut
  10. Cut out rectangles and mat onto each other and punch a hole at the top and the bottom.

    Graduation Gift Can- Tags
  11. Lace your ribbon through the holes. I left on of my rectangles out to put on the top of the lid as a tag. Leave enough ribbon at the top the lace trough the slit on the lid and on the bottom to tie a gift card (of cash) on to.

    Graduation Gift Can- Ribbon Tags
  12. Tie a knot and lace through the slit on your lid.

    Graduation Gift Can- Top
  13. Lace through the rectangle you left as a tag and tie a loop.

    Graduation Gift Can with Tag
  14. Tie on the gift card or cash on the bottom of the ribbon.
  15. Write your sentiments on the rectangles and sign your name and put it all into the can with the lid on top!

    Graduation Gift Can

    Graduation Gift Can



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