Graduate Money Gift Idea – Grad Badge!

Note from Laurie: I am soooooo crazy excited to share my friend Julie from Less than Perfect Life of Bliss with you! If you haven't met her before, Julie is my online blog crush . . . every time I visit her site or take a peek at her kitchen table on Instagram I'm inspired to love on my home just a wee bit more.  Don't miss her mini boxwood wreath tutorial (I totally want to try this out myself!) Thanks so much Julie for sharing this darling DIY Grad Badge!


Hi, friends! It's an honor to be here today sharing a fun graduation gift idea that I guarantee would be a hit with any grad on your list. I'm sure we all agree that the one thing any graduate is happy to receive is money! And I love to come up with creative ways to give a cash gift. This one is a money badge, and it's both simple to make and fun to receive!

Here are the supplies you'll need:

  • 4 cash bills
  • clear tape
  • card stock
  • hot glue gun
  • 2-inch wide ribbon of your choice
  • jeweled embellishments (optional)

Begin by taping the bills together in a row with a small piece of tape near the top and bottom of each bill.

Next, begin to fold section of bills into a fan. Fold about 4 times on each bill, keeping the folds even.

Once the folds are complete, pinch them in the middle to create the fan.

Next, pull the side edges to where they meet each other and tape with a small piece of tape to hold it together.

Repeat on the other side.

Once the fan is complete, cut a circle from card stock to create a center. I used this special gold glitter paper from Hobby Lobby and used a green bean can to create a perfectly sized circle!


Using a small dot of hot glue, stick the paper circle to the center of the money fan.

Next, cut a label from some more card stock to write your message on and hot glue it to the circle. Add jeweled embellishments if you want!

For the backing, cut another circle from card stock and glue it to the back with a dot of hot glue.

Next, cut a length of ribbon approximately 16 inches in length, fold it in half, and glue it to the paper circle on the back. Lastly, add a small pin!

And that's it! Your Grad Badge is done and ready to be presented to the happy graduate!

If you'd like to see more graduation money gift ideas, click on the links below!

DIY Graduation Gift with Money – Pizza Box

Money Chain Gift for the Graduate

Money Graduation Cap

For non-money Gifts – check out this post with Graduation Gift Ideas for Pretty Much Every Graduate!

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