Graduation Cap Gift Box with Gift Card Holder Insert | Video

It's graduation time. Do you have a special grad in your life you want to honor? How about celebrating his or her great achievement by gift wrapping that perfect graduation gift in this versatile graduation cap gift box? Use the box alone to hold large gift item or neatly hold a gift card in place with the optional gift card holder insert. Then fill the rest of the space with small items or chocolate and top with a mini notecard. Don't need a gift box but hosting the party? How about using it as party favor or as cards box holder by simply cut an opening slot on the cap? The possibilities are unless!

This tutorial was inspired by this graduation cap gift box I made for Elizabeth, a high school graduate, daughter of a friend of ours and future OSU Buckeye.  We all so very proud of her!



12x12 size cardstock - 3 sheets
circle die - small 
Peel N Stick Foam Sheet
Sizzix Big Shot machine
scoring board
bone fold
paper trimmer
craft knife
die pick (alternative: large needle)
adhesive sheet
adhesive tape (alternative: glue)

INSTRUCTION: BOX BASE (4 inch x 4 inch)

1. Trim cardstock to size 10 inch by 10 inch.
2. Place cardstock on scoring board.  With the bone fold, score down at the 3-inch and 7-inch marks.

graduation cap box gift card insert tutorial

3.  Rotate cardstock 90-degree clockwise.  From the 2-inch mark, score down to the 3 inch horizontal mark (from Step 2).  STOP. 
4.  Next, score down at 3-inch and 7-inch mark.
5.  Then, at the 8-inch mark, score down to the 3 inch horizontal mark (from Step 2).  STOP.
6.  Rotate cardstock 180-degree. At the 2-inch mark, score down to the 3-inch horizontal mark.  STOP.
7.  Then, at the 8-inch mark, score down to the 3 inch horizontal mark (from Step 2).  STOP.  Result should look like the photo below.

graduation cap box gift card insert tutorial

8.  Make cuts on the red lines below.  Then fold on all the scored lines.

9.  Adhere the box.  Result should look like the photo below.


1.  Trim cardstock to 4-inch by 6-inch.  Then score down at the 3-inch, 4-inch and 5-inch mark.
2.  Between the 4-inch and 5-inch score mark, cut out a 3.50-inch by 0.125 inch slot for the gift card.
3.  Valley fold all the scored lines.

4.  Slip the gift card holder insert into the box.

TIP:  To permanently adhere to the box, apply adhesive to the back side of the insert.


1.  Trim cardstock to size 8.50 inch by 8.50 inch.
2.  On the scoring board, score down at the 0.875-inch, 1.50-inch, 7-inch and 7.625-inch mark.

TIP:  0.875 is between 0.75 and 1.0 mark.  7.625 is between 7.50 and 7.75 mark.

3.  Turn cardstock 90 degree clockwise and repeat Step 2.
4.  Next, at the 2.125-inch mark (between 2.0 & 2.25), score down to the 0.875-inch horizontal scored line (from Step 2).  STOP.
5.  Move over to the 6.375-inch mark (between 6.25 & 6.50), score down to the 0.875-inch horizontal scored line (from Step 2).  STOP.
6.  Turn cardstock 90 degree clockwise again and repeat Step 4-5. Do this for the remaining three sizes.  Result should look like the photo below.

TIP: for better view of the photo, click on the photo.

7.  Trim off areas marked in red below.

 TIP:  For the diagonal lines, best to cut with the craft knife, using the ruler as guide.

8.  Place adhesive tape as show below (LEFT) and adhere the pieces together.  Result (RIGHT photo).

9.  Insert the tassel to the cap by poking a hole with the die pick (or large needle) and thread the tassel through.  Trim off the other end of the tassel and adhere to the inside of the cap.

DIY Graduation Cap box

10.  Cover the outer and inner part of the hole by die cutting out 2 small foam circles, with cardstock adhere to one side of the foam.  To do that, first place adhesive sheet over the foam sheet and adhere the cardstock on.  Then, place the circle die on and run through the Sizzix Big Shot.

graduation cap box gift card insert tutorial

Finished project.

graduation cap box gift card insert tutorial


Watch in HD over at my YouTube channel.

Did you like this project tutorial?  Want more tutorials like this or have a specific box types projects you want a tutorial on?  Please let me know in the comment below and I'll see what I can do for you!

Like the word art on the enclosed mini square card?  You can grab this FREEBIE in tomorrow post and learn how to put this card together yourself!

Thanks for stopping by.   May you have a blessed day.


To make it easier for my blog readers and friends, all supplies I use in this project are listed below. Click on the thumbnail or wording to redirect you to the product's page. If the link not function properly, please let me know as each item was individually hand coded. All items were personally purchased. I do not belong to any affiliate programs and only share of products that I absolutely love.

Sizzix-Tim Holtz Die Pick

Tonic Guillotine Paper Trimmer

Adhesive Tapes

Tim Holtz Kushgrip Non Stick Micro Serrated Snips

X-ACTO 2 Knife

Sizzix Big Shot

Scoring board

Circle Dies

Stick It Adhesive Sheets

Peel N Stick Foam Sheets

BazzillCardstock-Robin Egg

Recollections Double Sided Paper- Yellow



Lois Wyche said...

I'm saving this tutorial in my file to use. Thank you so much for the inspiration.

stampfoldandrepeat said...

Wow, very detailed instructions! This looks like fun to make one day. I love the treats inside :)

Rannah Romps said...

You have mastered the art of making a video! Your voice is so calm and precise! Great directions Christina. Now hopefully I can get to try it out this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

Lori Kobular said...

This is absolutely adorable! I love it and thanks for showing the tutorial of how you made it!

Migdalia said...

Super cool tutorial! I love the fun cap cover and yummy goodies!Love this! Adorable!
Have a wonderful day my friend,
Crafting With Creative M

Edwina said...

Love this gift box! It is a terrific gift to give for graduation. I think it could be changed some to be good for a new baby or birthday too. Edwina Brown

Donna Ellis said...

So cute, Christina! Thank you for doing both a video and photographed tutorial. I especially enjoy watching your dear hands and listening to your sweet voice in the video. Delightful project, and a wonderful way of doing something very special for the graduate! hugs, de

Jo - Jo's Scrap Shack said...

WOW Christina! This is amazing my friend! Love it and I have saved it so that I can try this out at a later date! You did an amazing job with giving instructions and showing every detail!
I hope you are having a beautiful weekend!
♥ Jo's Scrap Shack ♥

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