Money is certainly a go to graduation gift, and there are some fun ways to give it like the money pizza that I make. Still there is something so special about getting a gift that someone has put a lot of thought into. I had already started thinking about how special an Origami Owl graduation necklace would be when my mother-in-law asked me to design some for her to give as gifts. I put some basic designs together for her and then we sat down together to find ways to make the graduation lockets special and meaningful for the recipients. We were both so pleased with how the graduation necklaces turned out. Truth be told they made me wish that someone would have given me one for graduation. Of course Origami Owl didn’t exist when I graduate high school or even college (only two years off there!), so it wasn’t an option for me. Still you can design a special one of a kind graduation locket for your graduate.
How to Design Origami Owl Graduation Necklaces
When designing Origami Owl graduation necklaces I like to start with some basic charms. Of course these can be swapped out later if you want, but this is a good starting point that can help get the creative juices flowing. The charms I start with are:
- The year
- Graduation Cap
- Letters to represent the school (Note: The letter charms are larger than many of the other charms, so if you want to use more than one letter than you’ll want to choose a large locket.)
- Stones to represent the school colors (The round birthstone and accent stones should cover most school colors.)
This is a locket with just the basic charms. It was designed by me for a student graduating from the University of Michigan.
Once you’ve gotten the basic charms in place you can start to think about the charms that you could add to make the locket unique and special for the wearer. Here are some questions to ask yourself to decide on what other charms would be good:
- What things did the graduate participate in? Did they play sports, an instrument, or other activities?
- What subject did they major in, or if they’re in high school what field are they planning to go into?
- What important things happened, or did they do, while at the school?
- Are they part of a group or organization?
Once you’ve gone through these questions you’ll be able to start thinking of ideas of how to personalize the locket. If you go for a medium locket than you may find that you can’t fit all of the basic graduation charms with these other ones, so you may want to pick and choose which charms are best.
This is a more intricate graduation locket. It is meant for someone graduating from Eastern Michigan University that played soccer and is getting a teaching degree.
New Origami Owl Graduation Charms for 2014
Bella, the creator of Origami Owl is graduating this year. In honor of that momentous occasion Origami Owl has released some new graduation charms. I especially like the new diploma charm, but there are a lot of great charms that are part of this collection. The majority of these items are limited edition, so be sure to order the ones you want before they’re gone!
More Inspiration for Origami Owl Graduation Necklaces
What is your favorite graduation charm?
Disclaimer: I am an Independent Designer for Origami Owl, still all opinions are my own.