Make a Graduation Gift Money Cake Holder with this free SVG file template for all the recent grads in your life! All you need is cardstock, adhesive, and your Cricut machine.
Graduation season is right around the corner, and chances are you’ve got a few celebrations on the calendar. Instead of stocking up on gift cards and generic cards that will get lost in the shuffle, why not make this Paper Graduation Money Cake for a unique and adorable gift for the grads in your life! This thoughtful gift is sure to impress any recent grad!
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What is a Money Cake Holder?
A money cake holder is a fun way to give a monetary gift with a crafty handmade spin. If giving a storebought card filled with cash isn't your jam, you'll love this project! This 3D tiered card stock holder allows you to gift money in a way unique way that's more fun than a plain old card!
Why Give a Money Cake Holder?
- Personalization: By making a Graduation Gift Money Cake Holder, you can personalize the gift for the graduate and make it more meaningful. You can customize the colors, design, and message on the cake holder to match the graduate's personality and interests.
- Creativity: Making a Graduation Gift Money Cake Holder can be a fun and creative project. This gives you an opportunity to experiment with different materials, designs, and techniques to create a unique and memorable gift.
- Practicality: Money is always a popular gift for graduates, and a Money Cake can make it more practical and easier to give while still being thoughtful. The cake holder provides a creative and secure way to present the money gift.
How Much Paper Do I Need?
You will need three different colors of standard-weight cardstock. I used black, white, and glitter gold cardstock. Standard cardstock is ideal for this project with a weight between 65-80lbs. Each tier is reinforced with 4 layers of cardstock to make this gift nice and sturdy. You can also opt to use a thicker material like Cricut's Kraftboard, but you'll only need one layer.
You may choose to personalize this a bit by using the school colors of your grad or the recipient's favorite colors. I chose to use a classic graduation color palette for this custom gift.
How Much Money Do I Need to Fill the Cake?
In this money cake, there are 20 slots to fill with dollar bills. Of course, you decide the dollar amount for each bill! But the minimum would be $20 if you choose to use one-dollar bills. I like to stop by the bank and request brand new bills for this project so it really looks its best and the bills are easier to roll.
To make this project more budget-friendly, you could also opt to fill the holes with colorful pieces of paper filled with thoughtful notes, words of advice, or compliments.
Can I Use This Project for Years Other Than 2023?
Yes! I've included an SVG option without the year, so you can make these Graduation Money Trees for any year other than 2023 that's pictured in the tutorial.
- Cricut Machine
- Standard Grip Cutting mat
- Cricut Fine-Tip Blade
- Cricut Scoring Wheel
- Standard, 60-80 lb cardstock
- Gold Glitter Cardstock, optional
- Paper adhesive
- Foam risers, optional
- Dollar Bills
Upload SVG Files
To begin, click on the link above to download the Money Cake SVG files to your computer.
Then, open up Cricut Design Space and create New Project.
Click on Upload to the left of your canvas and select the files you’re wanting to create from your computer.
Select the file(s) and upload it to your canvas.
Once uploaded, select the design, and click Ungroup in the layers panel to the right of your canvas.
Then, we need to change a line on each of the two “Outside Base” pieces from basic cut lines to score lines.
To do this, select the layers that only have lines (if the line's fill color is red in the Operation panel- it's a score line)
Once those layers have been selected, change the operation from "Basic" Cut to "Score" in the Operation panel.
Then, attach the score lines to their corresponding “Outside Base” piece by selecting the object and the score line layer. Click Attach in the layers panel or right-click and select Attach.
Step One: Cut Out Graduation Money Cake Pieces
Cut out all the pieces on their respective colors of paper. As I stated earlier, I used black cardstock for all of the pieces of the “cake” and a combination of black, white, and gold cardstock for the sign portion.
*PRO TIP: Change the Base Material for the “CONGRATS” white portion to Cardstock (for intricate cuts) on your Cricut Machine when you go to cut out your pieces. This will ensure your words are cut out crisply.
For the two pieces with the score lines, you'll be prompted by Cricut to install your Score Wheel first, and then you'll switch to your Fine-Point Blade for the remainder of the cuts.
Step Two: Glue Pieces Together
To begin, glue the four smaller, 8-hole, scalloped pieces together to create one thick piece. I find a paper glue works best for this step.
If your paper has an obvious right side make sure that it's oriented face up on the top of the stack and face down on the bottom of the stacked layers.
Next, glue the four larger, 12-hole, scalloped pieces together just like you did the upper-level pieces.
Now, glue the two slotted, scalloped pieces together and the two solid scalloped pieces together.
Now take the four pillar-shaped pieces. You should have two shorter ones and two taller ones with the score lines.
Fold the scored flaps of the two taller pillars outward.
Glue the two shorter pieces together.
Now sandwich the shorter piece between the two taller ones. Line up the bottom of the shorter pillar with the score lines of the taller pillars and glue. Keep the flaps folded outward.
If your paper has an obvious right and wrong side, be sure to glue the wrong sides together.
Slide the scalloped base piece with the slot onto the pillar piece so that it's sitting on top of the folded tabs.
Glue the tabs of the pillar piece to the bottom of the scalloped piece.
Now glue the remaining solid scalloped piece over the tabs, so they are enclosed.
To create the "Congrats" sign, you should have two identical solid pieces, one "Congrats" piece and one layer that will go in between.
Glue the "Congrats" to the shadow layer. You can choose to use the design with the year 2023, or without. You'll only need one for one money tree.
Now glue, or use adhesive foam pieces, to adhere the "Congrats" portion to one of the solid pieces.
You can include a handwritten note on the back of this sign if you'd like!
Step Three: Assemble the Money Cake
Slide the 12-hole scalloped piece onto the pillar piece.
Slide the 8-hole scalloped piece on next.
Glue the congrats piece to the top of the pillar.
Use the second solid piece to glue to the back of the "Congrats" sign, to sandwich the pillar in between.
Step Four: Fill the Graduation Gift Money Cake Holder
Gather 20 bills to fill up your money cake.
Roll them up tightly to fill up both tiers of the money cake.
Insert each rolled bill into its own slot. The lower tier holds 12 bills, and the upper tier holds 8 bills.
Happy Graduation Season!
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