Once the stress of聽studying for finals and the excitement of having your聽graduation party have subsided, you鈥檒l need to decompress 鈥 and if you鈥檙e anything like us, getting crafty is a surefire way to do just that. The only thing better than a 鈥渏ust for fun鈥 DIY project is a DIY project that you聽can actually put to good use. Regardless of what you鈥檙e doing now that you鈥檝e tossed your cap in the air, we think you can find a place for some of these items below in your new and exciting life. The best news? Not a single project in the bunch will break the bank, so you can leave all of those generous graduation gifts from family and friends untouched.聽Keep scrolling for details on six affordable activities聽you can work on before you go off and conquer the world. Go get 鈥檈m!

1. Brit + Co Design a Banner Kit ($20):聽Celebrate your love for tacos or 鈥 perhaps, more appropriately 鈥 use this super easy, all-materials-included kit to make a pennant in honor of your brand-new alma mater! (Sounds official, doesn鈥檛 it?) The finished product is the perfect way to bring a little school spirit and some college vibes into this next phase of your life.聽Better yet: The kit makes two banners, so you and your on-campus bestie can have a matching set, even if you鈥檙e going separate ways.

2.聽Color-Block Bookmark: Hopefully, your post-grad plans include a little extra reading 鈥 even if it鈥檚 just by the pool this summer! There鈥檚 nothing worse than losing your place in the middle of a great book, so bookmarks are a聽must.聽Who says they need to be boring pieces of scrap paper? These DIY color-block bookmarks are bright and lively, and they鈥檒l give you one more good reason to grow your reading list (as if we needed another!). (via Idle Hands Awake)

3.聽Photo Styling Online Class ($29): Whatever your plan is post-grad, we鈥檙e pretty sure you鈥檙e hoping聽to document it聽pretttttty heavily. So why not make your social media posts of college or life in a new city a little prettier聽and more profesh? Check out this class taught by blogger and photo styling extraordinaire Meredith Staggers. We guarantee it will make your feed even more gorgeous聽than it already is!聽(Photo via Cake & Confetti)

4. Embellished Sunglasses: Wherever your summer travels take you, you鈥檒l want to be sure you protect your eyes (and skin, of course) from the sun. Do it in style by DIY-ing a set of high-glam shades you can be聽sure you won鈥檛 see on any of your fellow beachgoers. All you need is an old set of sunglasses, some flat-backed embellishments, and a handy hot glue gun. It鈥檚 a totally low-budget route to a one-of-a-kind summer accessory! (via Loose Ends)

5.Brit + Co Embroider a Wall Hanging Kit ($20):聽Whether you鈥檙e graduating from high school or college, chances are that you鈥檙e about to make some major moves 鈥 your living situation included! With a totally affordable kit like this, there鈥檚 no excuse for drab walls. All materials and instructions are in the kit, so you don鈥檛 need any prior experience with embroidery to create an awesome piece that鈥檒l bring your personality into your new dorm room or apartment.

6. Sequin Fried Egg Sleep Mask: We鈥檒l take this DIY sunny side up, please.聽With nothing but a basic sleep mask and some inexpensive craft store basics, you can mix up (pun intended) this super cute project that will have you sleeping well and dreaming of breakfast at the same time. Who knew life could be so perfect? You鈥檒l be well-rested and ready to tackle your next post-grad adventure. (via A Beautiful Mess)

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