How to Make a Money Box for a Graduation Party

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Graduation parties celebrate the accomplishments of a child who is entering adulthood. This is a big change for both the parents and the graduate. Parents can use the graduation party to help their child raise money to be used for college or to start his new life as an adult. One way to do this is to make a money box to collect cards and money during the party.

  • Shoe box
  • Graduation wrapping paper
  • Mini graduation cap
  • Scissors
  • Box cutter
  • Construction paper
  • Tape
  • Glue

1 Find a shoe box

Find a shoe box that is at least 12 inches by 12 inches. If you don't have one, ask a shoe store for a spare box.

2 Wrap the lid

Wrap the lid of the shoe box with graduation wrapping paper, then wrap the rest of the box with the same paper. Wrap them separately so that if any card is too big to fit through the slot, the giver can lift the lid and place the card inside.

3 Use a box cutter

Use a box cutter to cut a slit in the middle of the lid of the shoe box. Make the cut almost the entire length of the box and about 1 inch wide. All cards should fit through this opening.

4 Place the lid back on the box

Place the lid back on the box.

5 Glue a mini graduation cap in one corner of the lid

Glue a mini graduation cap in one corner of the lid. You can find one at a bakery, as they are made for decorating cakes.

6 Make some bubble or block letters or

Make some bubble or block letters out of construction paper that say, "Congratulations, Name." Replace "Name" with the graduate's first name. Glue this phrase to the side of the money box that will be facing your guests.

  • Glue a picture of your graduate and place it on the money box. Tie some graduation balloons near the money box to draw attention to it.

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