Create Graduation Mason Jars for Your 2024 Grads

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Make some graduation mason jars to celebrate your grad! Each graduation centerpiece’s mason jar can be filled with anything.

graduation gift jar with money

Gift a money graduation cap to your grad!💸

Graduation gifts can stump you sometimes, but we have an idea even that will make even the pickiest grads’ hearts soar. Whether it’s for middle school, high school, or college, graduation is a huge milestone that deserves to be celebrated!

If you’re attending a graduation party, graduation mason jars are the perfect unique gift! This is an easy and thoughtful way to give little cash “diplomas” via a cute graduation hat mason jar!

graduation gift in a jar

The best part – you likely already have most of the items you need for this craft at home. Your biggest staple in this DIY will be a mason jar; as always, in most DIYs, we use Ball Mason Jars. We find them to be the best size and value. Packs of 12 start at just under $12; that’s a dollar per jar!

Hip Tip: I have also seen this used as a fun idea to use at the graduation party to collect helpful advice for the graduate. Instead of money, have a sign that says “Leave your best advice for the graduate.” Then, have some post-its, or notes and a pen for guests to leave encouragement!

DIY Graduation Gift

You’ll also need cardstock paper to create the graduation cap. We recommend choosing a color paper that matches your grad’s school for an extra personal touch. The more personalized, the better! ❤️ I have personally made this idea as a gift a few times in the past to take to graduation parties, and it’s always a hit!

supplies needed to make graduation hat gift

gluing red square and paper to lid of a jar

holding a paper graduation cap

wrapping crepe paper around a pen

making a crepe paper diploma

holding a paper graduation hat craft

rolling up paper diplomas

money jar as a graduation gift

grad cap jar with money diplomas

Graduation Mason Jar




Tape or glue paper to the top of the lid. Also, attach a strip of paper around the lid.


Wrap some crepe paper around a pen several times.


Then slide off the pen and tie a tight knot towards the top, leaving a two-inch piece of string attached.


Use scissors to cut tassels.


Attach string to the button and glue or tape to the middle of the hat. Use a pen to roll paper money “diplomas”, securing them with curling ribbon.


Place gold coins and money in the jar and screw on the graduation hat lid.


Give to a well-deserving graduate or display as a centerpiece!

congrats grad sign and jar gift on a table

Congrats, grad! 🎓

What’s great about this DIY is it can also be served as a centerpiece! Simply swap out the dollar diplomas for candy, confetti, or any other graduation fillings you can think of. You may want to save the dollar diplomas for your grad and not use them as a centerpiece. 😆

The little Congrats Grad sign I have is from Dollar Tree, which is a smart resource for graduation supplies! They have some cute graduation stuff right now.

My Hip teammate Kaitlyn was gifted something similar to these graduation mason jars, and it’s something she says truly touched her heart and she will never forget! If you’re looking for more gift ideas, check out this post filled with a few practical yet beloved gifts for grads.

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About the writer:

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 11 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.

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  1. Tricia

    I love this. I just created one after seeing this post for my son graduating middle school this month. I filled it with eight $1 bill “diplomas” since he is graduating 8th grade and added some chocolates. I already had a Mason jar and already had a plastic graduation cap cake topper that fit perfectly on top. Cost $10.24 total between the cash and the chocolates 😁

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh how fun! Congrats to him Tricia! <3

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