5.26.2011

DIY Grad Gift

Wooohoo, it's Thursday, and that means--tomorrow's FRIDAY!!

With graduation season upon us, I thought for today's post I would share a really easy, do-it-yourself high school graduation gift idea:  a personalized bulletin board!

I received one of these from my best friend ARS for high school graduation.  Her hint to me before receiving it was:  "It's something almost every college student has, but yours is going to be more special."

ARS bought a basic cork bulletin board with a wooden frame and then painted and personalized it.


She used letter and flower stickers as well as a wooden sun.  ARS spelled out my first and middle name as you can see:  "alexandra bennett" and then also put one of my favorite Emerson quotes on it:  "Live in the sunshine."

This bulletin board was a part of each room I lived in during college and will surely have a place in my future home.  

After move-in day, first year, I realized I had a big open wall for another bulletin board, so my dad made me a second personalized bulletin board.

This was it before I added pictures.

For this one, he painted the wooden frame pink and drilled holes in all four corners.  He put silver grommets around each hole and then put ribbon through each hole.  He also added silver letters that hang from the top of the frame and spell out "ALLIE".

This also was incorporated into my room each year of college and will have a place in my future home!

If you want to see each bulletin board larger, just click on their respective pictures!

What I love about this graduation gift is:  Not only is it easy and inexpensive, it is also a very personal and memorable gift.  Gifts like these, which are from the heart, always mean the most.

Do you have any great graduation gift ideas to share?  What was your favorite graduation gift?

16 comments:

  1. That's such a great grad gift idea - and so thoughtful. Right now I'm loving all monogrammed gifts for graduation. I just got my sister a tote bag and I plan to fill it with some fun college necessities!

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  2. You have some very thoughtful people in your life! What a sweet gift and I also love it that your dad made another one for you. My favorite gifts usually involved money :), but I do remember an engraved picture album that I really loved.

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  3. I love this! I made a bulletin board for my little sister in my sorority. They're so much fun to make and they make such wonderful gifts - and they're surprisingly very easy to do. I love the two that you have!

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  4. I loved getting frames with personal photos in them. That way I had instant decor for my next apt as well as lovely memories to surround me! I have a bulletin board in my room that I attached fabric to, so it has a nice background. Love your idea!

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  5. So cute!! I love personalized gifts, I decorated little memory boxes for all of my roomies for graduation: http://soanthro.wordpress.com/2011/05/23/memory-boxes/

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  6. What a cute, personalized gift! Love it!

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  7. love this! so cute and such a thoughtful gift!

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  8. What a fun idea!
    Tuckin' this into my project box!

    Love,
    Mrs. Kindergarten

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  9. what a cute gift! this is a great idea!

    I shipped your giveaway package a few days ago, so I hope you receive it soon! Also, I put your candle in a koozie so it wouldn't break haha

    Also, I have another giveaway going on at my blog for a $20 gift certificate to Green Apple Paperie if you're interested. They have super cute stuff!

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  10. I love this idea!!! The board your friend made for you is amazing. That is one of the most thoughtful gifts I've ever seen. Now I am kinda hating my PBTeen magnetic boards... I think it may be time to create my own personalized cork board :)

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  11. Great idea, I think this would make the perfect grad gift.

    -Julie. littlepinkrainboots.blogspot.com

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  12. I did this for two of my best friends for high school graduation and they still have them! It's such a good idea and something that will be remembered forever.

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  13. I made my little one and she loved it! Such a great gift to personalize!
    So cute! xoxo

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  14. What a great idea! I love bulletin boards-I have 3!

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