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Graduation cards are the best ways to inform your family and friends that you are graduating. These cards would be a superb idea to give out as invitations for a graduation party. Whether you are graduating from high school or college, you quickly realize that managing your personal budget becomes important. You would think twice when choosing what cards to get. There are many ways that you can cut down on cost when choosing these cards without having to sacrifice quality and aesthetics. You really don't have to spend a lot to get unique cards that you can proudly send out to loved ones and friends.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

Your friends and family are going to be proud and excited to hear about you graduating, but it's not really necessary for them to get the same kind of graduation cards. You can use whatever you saved from the cards on yourself. Think of it as a graduation gift for yourself. To maximize your budget, you can pick a variety of sizes, formats and groupings. Send simple and informal cards to your friends and formal, more expensive cards to family members and teachers and bosses. at the end of the day, these graduation cards contain the same message, you are inviting the people important to you to celebrate your graduation party.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).


Just because you are working with a budget, doesn't mean you have to skimp on what the cards will look like. Sure, mass-produced, generic graduation cards are cheap, but they can be boring and unoriginal. Sometimes, they don't even catch people's attention and they won't even bother reading them. There are many sites on the internet that offer custom made cards at a very inexpensive rate or you can use computer programs to create the cards and print them out yourself. Make the cards the way you want them to look. Add your personality to them. They can be as wacky or as formal as you want. Just make them your own.

Another way to save money on graduation cards is to find package deals. There are many stores that offer card designing services that give special discounted prices for packages. Same goes for online shops. In fact, online shops are cheaper since you don't have to go drive around and look for different shops to compare prices and designs. When purchasing or making your graduation cards online, you can ether print them out directly or the shop will make them for you and ship them to your house.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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