To prevent your mortarboard from looking “mortarbored” at commencement, why not dress it up for the big event? It’s a great way to show off your personal style, share a favorite movie line or life motto, and stand out in a crowd. (Plus, Mom and Dad will be able to spot you quickly in the sea of of graduates—bonus!) If you’re looking for fun and imaginative designs, check out some of our favorite grad cap ideas below or find inspiration on our Pinterest graduation cap decorations board. Once you have a theme in mind, head to your local dollar store or craft store to stock up on supplies.
Here are some items you may want to put on your shopping list:
STEPS FOR DECORATING YOUR GRAD CAP
1.) Place grad cap facedown on paper; trace around cap with a pencil. Use a ruler to determine the location of the tassel button at the center of the grad cap. Sketch out your design idea.
2.) Cover work area with newspaper. Put glitter paper facedown, place cap on top of paper, and trace around the mortarboard. Measure to determine placement of tassel button. Cut along lines, including the one leading up to and around button area.
3.) Carefully slide glitter paper onto grad cap, smoothing down the cut edges below the button for a seamless fit. Glue glitter paper to grad cap. Cut out main piece of art and determine final placement on grad cap before gluing it down.
4.) Using your sketch as a guide, add letters, gems, foam stickers, and other decorative elements. Adhesive letters and foam stickers don’t cling well to the textured surface of glitter paper, so it’s best to hot-glue all decorations to your grad cap.
If you’re not confident in your artistic abilities or are renting your cap and gown, you can always create a personalized design online with the help of self-adhesive Tassel Toppers. Add your own bling to the Topper and even frame it after graduation! The best part about decorating your grad cap? You’re designing a one-of-a-kind keepsake—a treasured reminder of one of the most important days in your life.