Wonder Craft: Graduation Cap Surprise Box – Journal

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It’s the time of year when you’ve finished your exams, the result is out and now many of you are partying and relaxing. There are many ways to celebrate success of any kind, but sometimes you just don’t have a clue what to present to others about their success.

So today’s DIY is a surprise box, which you can fill with chocolates or even put a small gift inside. What is unique about this gift box is that it is shaped like a graduation or mortarboard cap, usually worn to signify achievement at high levels of education, usually master’s degrees or of doctorate. But an accomplishment is an accomplishment, so why wait for the master’s or doctorate level? Let’s make one today!

Things you need:

  1. Black hard paper or black cardboard sheet
  2. white glue
  3. Scissors
  4. Compass or any round mold (you can use a plate or a bowl)
  5. Silk thread to make the pompom (Color of your choice)


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Note: If you have a special gift, you can measure it and make a hat big enough to hold it. Otherwise, follow the measurements below for a small gift.

The cork (surprise box) is made in two parts, the top will be the real cork that can be seen, but underneath hides the surprise.

  1. Cut two square-shaped pieces 6 inches wide and 6 inches long from black hard paper; picture 2.

  2. Measure 2.5 in width from the center of the square shaped piece, photo 3.

  3. Make a circle, cut it out; make another circle inside the first one, now 2cm wide. The central point remains the same; pictures 4 and 5.

  4. Make slits from the edge of the main circle, reaching the circle inside (this is the base of our box); bend the slots inwards as shown in images 6 and 7.

  5. Cut a strip at least 11 inches long and 2 inches wide from the black sheet, then glue half a centimeter from one side of the strip, photo 8.

  6. Stick it around the slots on the base of the gift box, picture 9.

  7. Cut another strip of the sheet, the same size (11 inches long and 2 inches wide), but make slits about half a centimeter on this strip; picture 10.

  8. Make a ring from this strip by gluing the two ends together; then bend the slits inward as we did before, picture 11.

  9. Now dab glue on the slits, then glue this side to the middle of the remaining square piece of paper, images 12 and 13.

  10. When the two parts of the hat are ready, it is time to glue the pompom on the top of the hat, photo 14.

Our graduation cap is ready! Hide your surprise inside and let your friends keep guessing what’s inside!

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Posted in Dawn, Young World, June 25, 2022


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