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DIY Graduation Mason Jars

Looking for a unique way to give money or other small gifts to a graduate? These cute Graduation Mason Jars are the perfect gift holder!

We used dollar store supplies to make these fun money holders that are also great party decorations or table centerpieces!

Make our easy mason jar graduation cap to put on top of a glass jar. Then fill the jar with anything the graduate could use on their new life, including:

  • Rolls of cash
  • Quarters (perfect for those needing to do laundry at school or an apartment)
  • Gift cards
  • Words of Wisdom
  • Bible verses
  • Candies (especially M&Ms in their school colors!)

We rolled the money into rolls that look like diplomas, and then tied a piece of the embroidery floss around each roll. They look just like mini diplomas!

You can use this tutorial to make several of these graduation mason jars to use as a centerpiece idea for a graduation party. Just fill the jar with colorful paper shreds or paint the mason jar.

Be sure to see our other DIY graduation crafts, including:

While we chose the traditional black and yellow graduation colors, you can customize this craft with the graduate’s school colors.

How to Make Mason Jar Graduation Caps

Note: This tutorial makes two graduation cap tassels. You may use the second tassel to make a second mason jar, or use in one of our other graduation crafts.


  • Free Mason Jar Graduation Cap Template (optional)
  • Mason Jar, Pint Size
  • Craft Foam, Black
  • Embroidery Floss Skein, Yellow
  • Button, Black
  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks or Craft Glue
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Paper Shreds (optional)
  • Cash bills (optional)


Step 1

Download, print and cut out the graduation cap mason jar template to use to trace the patterns. Or use the measurements below.

Measure a rectangle of black craft foam that is 3/4 inch wide by 9 inches long. Cut out.

Measure a square of black craft foam that is 3 3/4 inches by 3 3/4 inches.

Cut both pieces out using scissors.

Step 2

Next, measure four lengths of embroidery floss that are 12 inches each. Cut the four lengths.

Open the middle of the skein of floss. Tie and knot one of the embroidery floss lengths through and around each of the loops at the ends of the skein.  

Step 3

Around 3/4 inch down from the top knot, tie one length of embroidery floss around the skein, securing it with a knot.

Wrap each end around the skein three times. Wrap one to the left and one to the right. Secure again with a knot.

Repeat on the opposite end of the skein. 

Step 4

Trim the longs ends of the wrapped embroidery floss with scissors.

Measure and cut the skein of embroidery floss in half at the 3 inch mark with scissors. Secure the knots with a small dot of glue from the glue gun.

Step 5

Glue the craft foam rectangle to the edge of the mason jar lid.

Next, glue the craft foam square to the top of the mason jar lid.

Step 6

Screw the lid onto the mason jar. Lay the tassel on top of the graduation cap.

Trim the tassel hanger with scissors and attach to the center of the graduation cap top with glue.

Finally, glue the button on top of the tassel hanger to cover the cut end.

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