Kristin Rutten

How to Make a Diploma with Folder for 18" Doll

It’s graduation time!!! Create a miniature diploma to announce your 18″ doll’s achievements, complete with a realistic looking folder made out of Duck Tape sheets!

Gather Your Supplies

• Cardstock or heavy cardboard
• Black Duck Tape – One 8.5×11″ sheet
• White Cardstock – One 8.5×11″ sheet
• Double-sided tape
• Clear plastic bag (ie. food storage bag or leftover product packaging)

Helpful Tools

• Rotary cutter
• Self-healing mat
• Transparent quilting ruler
• X-acto knife

Print Your Diploma

1. Choose whether you would like corners (A) or no corners (B).

Choose whether you want your diploma to have darkened corners.
2. Click HERE to download Diploma A. Click HERE to download Diploma B. Save the file to your computer, then open your saved diploma file using Adobe Reader. Fill in the graduate’s name by typing in the highlighted area.

3. Print your diploma on cardstock or specialty paper (actual size).

4. Cut out diploma along solid line.

Prepare Your Folder Materials

Download Free Printable Pattern

1. Download, print and cut out pattern pieces. (Alternatively, download the complete 101-page project instructions and patterns by scrolling to the bottom of this post.)

2. Cut two Folder Backing pieces from cardstock or heavy cardboard.

3. Cut two Felt Padding pieces from felt (any color).

Cut out all pattern pieces.
4. Trace Vinyl Cover pattern on the back side of a sheet of Duck Tape. Carefully cut out along solid lines using sharp scissors or an X-acto knife and straight edge.

Cut vinyl folder from Duck Tape.
5. Be sure to also snip the short lines on either side, as highlighted in the photo below.

Snip marked lines.

6. Place a piece of double-sided tape on the back of the diploma. Insert the diploma between the layers of the plastic bag with the top of the diploma aligned tightly against the folded edge of the bag. Press down to adhere the tape to the plastic.

Tape diploma between plastic layers.
7. Trim around the diploma, leaving a 1/8-inch margin on three edges. (Do not trim the side with the plastic fold.) Your finished diploma with plastic cover will now be 2 1/2×1 7/8 inches.

Trim to create 1/8-inch border on bottom and sides.

Assemble Your Diploma

1. Use the double-sided tape to adhere a felt piece to the center of each chipboard backing piece.

Attach felt to chipboard.
2. Lay the Vinyl Cover pattern next to your Duck Tape piece to use as a visual guide.

Lay pattern next to tape piece.
3. Carefully peel back the backing from the Duck Tape piece, stopping at the side slits. Fold down the backing to keep it out of your way. Place one of the chipboard backing pieces, felt side down, on the exposed sticky area so that it covers the shaded area, as shown. Press down to adhere the chipboard to the Duck Tape.

Place chipboard piece on tape.
4. Fold up the Duck Tape along the left side of the chipboard piece and smooth down tightly.

Fold up tape on left side of chipboard.
5. Repeat for the right side of the chipboard piece.

Fold up tape on right side of chipboard.
6. Using a piece of double-sided tape, attach the diploma to the remaining chipboard piece on the side that does not have the felt attached. The plastic edges should align with the sides and bottom, leaving a 1/8-inch gap at the top between the plastic and the chipboard edge.

Attach diploma to chipboard.
7. Carefully peel off the rest of the Duck Tape backing. Place the chipboard-backed diploma, felt side down, on the tape so that it covers the shaded area designated on the pattern. Press down firmly to adhere it to the tape.

Place diploma on tape.
8. Carefully begin to adhere the top part of the tape to the exposed piece of chipboard (top cover), smoothing tightly as you go. When you get close to the area between the top cover and the diploma, carefully overlap the diploma with the tape by about 1/8-inch and smooth down BEFORE smoothing the middle area between the diploma and the top cover. Press the tape into the creases to make a nice clean binding.

Fold down tape to cover top cover and binding area.
9. Fold up the bottom edge of the exposed tape and smooth tightly along the bottom edge of the diploma. Repeat with the left and right sides.

Fold up tape on sides and bottom of diploma.

Show off your new doll diploma!

Finished mini diploma with Duck Tape cover.

Get the 18-inch doll diploma tutorial for FREE!

Download the complete 11-page printable PDF tutorial and photo instructions by clicking below.

Download the printable 18" doll project PDF pattern for FREE.

Looking for more plans & projects for your little graduate?

View our complete Graduation Ensemble!





About Kristin Rutten

Kristin Rutten is the creator, owner and operator of Matilda Jo Originals. Born and raised in Montana, she first learned to sew on her grandmother's antique Singer sewing machine by cutting out and stitching a simple nine-square pillow. Other projects soon followed and she has been crafting and sewing ever since. In addition to sewing and pattern design, she also enjoys crocheting, scrapbooking and designing WordPress websites, including sister company She makes her home in Central Montana with her husband and four children, ages 9 to 22.

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