It’s high school grad party season which means good times with family and friends, free food, and yes, graduation gifts. The typical gift for a high school graduate heading off to college is a card with money enclosed. While this is the most commonly gifted item, it can get quite expensive to attend these graduation parties—especially when you’re a poor college student attending these parties without your parents. So instead, I have an alternative gift that can still be beneficial to the high school grad and much more heartfelt for those on a budget.
Two of my friends both graduated from high school this year and are headed off to the great UW-Madison, the school I currently call home. As freshman, they both will be living in the dorms this year and that means that they will be in need of some wall art to decorate their closet sized humble abodes that they will call home for the next year. A cute canvas with the school mascot, the famous Bucky Badger, serves as the perfect first piece to place on the cinder block walls of their dorm room. This is also a relatively inexpensive gift that will stand out on the gift table of the next grad party you attend.
To do so, you need a little artistic talent, a canvas, some paint, a paint brush, and possibly a computer and printer if you don’t think you can free-hand paint the outline of the mascot.
I began with printing out an outline of Bucky Badger and cutting it so that I could trace it onto my canvas. I had to re-size my photo of Bucky a few times in order to get it to be the size I wanted on my canvas. Next, I traced Bucky in pencil onto my canvas. I then painted over the pencil with black paint. I continued to free-hand the inside details of bucky. When I finished with that I decided the canvas looked a bit bare. What better phrase to add to it than “If you want to be a badger, just come along with me,” for my future Badger ladies.
This gift could easily be switched up for any high school graduate depending upon the university he or she is attending. Whether it is a Golden Eagle, a panther, a titan, or Bucky, the university mascot canvas gift is the perfect fun, meaningful high school graduation gift when attending summer graduation parties on a budget!