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How to Decorate Your Graduation Cap: Tips, Tricks & Ideas


With one last chance to stand out and declare independence as a student, some graduates pull out all the stops when decorating their graduation caps. Having a decorated cap not only makes you unique, but it can also help friends and family find you in the sea of robed-graduates.

Here are some tips to help you make your graduation cap look the best it can.

  1. Pick up your graduation cap from your university

Most universities don’t hand out the graduation regalia until the day before commencement, so you will need a quick turnaround on your design.


  1. Purchase/find materials.

Here’s a list of things you might want handy:

  • 2 sheets of 12 x 12 scrapbook paper (or cardstock)
  • Glue gun/sticks
  • Adhesive gems
  • Silk flowers or pearls
  • Decorative tapes
  • Scissors or utility knife
  • Sheets of glitter paper
  • Fabric paints
  • Glitter glue
  • Metallic sharpies or paint pens
  • Ribbons
  • Adhesive letters
  • Foam stickers
  1. Cut your paper.

(Skip if you want to keep your cap its original color and add decorations directly to the fabric).

Punch a hole out in the middle for the button on top. Next, measure your cap and cut the paper to the correct dimensions.


  1. Assembly.

Graduation caps have a front and a back! So before gluing anything on, be sure that your image will be facing the correct way once you put the cap on your head! The triangle goes on your forehead and the rounded off elastic portion goes on the base of your head.

Now, here are some ideas for your design.

  1. Make it Personal. Your cap should express who you are.

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  1. Major Reference. Pay tribute to the topic that consumed your last four years.

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  1. Pop Culture Reference. Showcase your favorite movie, TV show, song or musical.

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  1. Thank Loved Ones. You should be proud of your accomplishments, but it is always nice to thank your friends and family that helped you earn your degree.

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  1. “Finally!”. Whether you’ve been here for four years, or closer to seven, express your excitement of being done with your degree.

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  1. Look to the Future.  For some, graduation is the last time they are on campus for a few years. Use your cap to say goodbye to your alma mater.

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For more design ideas, check out our other graduation cap posts:

50+ Graduation Cap Ideas

Graduation Cap Decoration Ideas


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