DIY Graduation Announcements

It’s that time of year again….time to take our hats off to the grads! This year, I am one of those grads….FINALLY. I have been nothing but a student my whole life and now I’m moving on to be a real pharmacist, yay! No more moochin off the hubby, time for this wifey to bring in that bacon 🙂 Well, what better way to start the celebration than announcing your graduation to friends and family!?

Graduation announcements are traditional reminders of commencement. There is a range of options from a fancy embossed announcement from the university or photo announcement with the basic info and a grad pic. These announcements can range from $2-7 each, some being more expensive than wedding invitations!! I’m not rollin in the dough yet, so I’m makin my own announcements, and you can too…..

Here’s what you need:

  • White/Cream Cardstock
  • Computer Printer and Ink
  • Colored Cardstock
  • Ribbon
  • Hot Glue
  • Border Stamp
  • Ink Pad
  • Embossing Powder
  • Envelopes

Step 1: Start by drafting your announcement on word or publisher. There are lots of different formats you can use, here’s the format I used:

The Dean, Faculty, and Graduating Class of 2011

Announce the Graduation of:




Step 2: Print off the announcements on cardstock. Print extra because between the cutting and stamping you are bound to make some mistakes 🙂

Step 3: Cutting! Now for the fun part….I suggest you set up in your favorite lounger with a good show and bottle of wine because the cutting is the hardest part! Be sure to leave about 1.5-2″ on the margin of the side you plan to stamp the border on. Here are the dimensions I used:

  • Announcement: 4.5″x6.5″
  • Colored Cardstock: 5″x7″
  • Envelopes: 5.5″x7″

Step 4: Stamp your border! You can choose a fancy border like this or something more classic like a dotted or bold line. If you are not into stamping you could easily just run a ribbon along the border!

Step 4b (optional): Embossing! After stamping, spread embossing powder over the ink. I used a clear glitter embossing powder because I love sparkles 🙂 After shaking off the extra powder, heat and watch the stamped image turn begin to glisten!

Step 5: Add backing colored cardstock to announcement using double stick tape. I used about 3-4 strips per card, covering the border sides.

Step 6: Time for ribbon! You can tie bows, or simply tie a knot as I did here. I love adding ribbon to invites and announcements…just gives it a little more personality 🙂 Fasten each ribbon with a dab of hot glue.

NOTE: You will burn your fingers…..but thats life!

 Here’s my final product! This took me the daytime portions of my weekend, but I was not very focused and there was a lot of socializing involved 🙂 I’m sure you could bang these out in a night if need-be.

Alright, now you have all the info you need to make your own graduation announcements! What do you think, gonna give it a go?? Would love to see your final product…..send me a pic 🙂 

Hats off to the grads of 2011…..WE DID IT!!

About mrscummingsrx

Almost a pharmacist.... but over my years of schooling I have learned there's more than packing pills that makes me happy! Blogging about my prescriptions for a happy life....mainly crafting, cocktails, and my cute canines :) Thanks for visiting!!
This entry was posted in Crafts, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

14 Responses to DIY Graduation Announcements

  1. oc2seattle says:


    These invitations look so great! I’m spreading the word via stumble so more people can benefit from your stylish invites. Cheers, Sarah

  2. Meghan says:

    They turned out great!

  3. super elegant! i love the stamp detail ^^

  4. Jeromina says:

    Great job, girl! Love ’em!!! ♥

  5. Jeromina says:

    And congrats on your PharmD!

  6. Wow they’re great and Congratulations you! I’ve decided to make all of my Christmas pressies this year and I suspect your blog will be my first port of call for inspiration. Will drfo be trying those lanterns for summer barbeques….ya mon!

  7. Linh says:

    I am happy the way these turned out!! Thanks again, Jerika!!

  8. On The Go Bride says:

    These are amazing! Very talented! Congrats on graduating 🙂

  9. Libby James says:

    These look fantastic!!!! great idea with the stamps!

    • thanks so much! they were really fun. I’ve been missing mass projects since my wedding…..i need one of my friend’s to get married so I can start the next batch of invitations!!

  10. Kasey says:

    You make me so mad when you blog about something before i get it in the mail… it ruins the element of surprise!!!

    It takes time to get to te middle of nowhere (aka my house)…start factoring that in…

    and i havent seen a DIY peacock feather earrings to i am guessing you havent made those yet…

  11. Pingback: Guest Blog: Mrs. Cummings Gets You Going with Lemon Vodka Passionade « OC 2 Seattle

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s