The picture and glass are held in by a thin mitered frame in contrasting wood. I used a plywood backer board and hot glue to secure the picture.
I used a brass cuphook to hang the tassel. Pre-drilling a small hole into the wood was a little tricky, but made screwing in the hook really easy.
Drill small starter holes in each letter and number, then cut them out with a scroll saw. I used a #3 blade, which cut through the maple nicely leaving a smooth finish. If you have a graduate from another year, just use MS Word to print the year and replace the 2017.
This was a fun project that was easy to complete in a weekend. If you would like to make one of these for your graduate, please subscribe to my newsletter and download the template below. When printing the template, select the ACTUAL SIZE option in printer settings to maintain scale. Have fun!