Graduation is near! For high school and college seniors alike, these next two months bring about quite a bit of change, but one thing remains constant: the tried-and-true tradition of decorating your graduation cap!
Get together with a group of friends and spend an afternoon decorating your grad caps in a way that is quintessentially you
. Get creative with funky colors and sequins, stay serious with inspirational quotes, or take a walk down memory lane by using your cap to pay homage to the last four years. There is only one rule when it comes to decorating your grad cap: just be yourself!
With so many different possibilities out there for grad cap art, it can be tough to figure out where to begin decorating. Here are some tips to help you get started!
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Pick a Theme
When designing your grad cap, it’s helpful first to pick a theme to center your art around. Maybe you want to refer to a popular movie, show, or song? Perhaps you want to represent the colors and mascot of the college you’ll attend in the fall, or use the opportunity to declare your post-college plans.
Remember that graduation caps are one of the final tokens you’ll have to remember your high school or college days, so make sure you think long and hard about a theme. Pick a theme that truly represents you!
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Some themes that you can’t go wrong with are:
Iconic movies or TV shows.
This could include movies and books like Legally Blond, Finding Nemo/Dory, Friends, Harry Potter, etc.
“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
“Let the journey begin.”
“Go and live your dreams.”
“And off she went.”
“If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.”
Political activism quotes.
These are increasingly popular as political advocacy is becoming more common.
Popular memes from the school year.
A quote from a song or book that got you through school.
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Stock Up on Supplies
Once you know how you want to decorate your cap, it’s time for the fun part–getting supplies! Make a day of it with your friends and hit your local arts and crafts store and dollar store.
While you should probably invest in high-quality glue and markers from a crafts store, you can probably find cheap glitter, sequins, ribbons, stickers, etc., at a dollar store.
Cool Décor Elements to Use
To make your grad cap art really stand out, use some of these unique décor elements on your cap!
Ribbons and bows
Stickers of movie or T.V. show characters
The possibilities are truly endless.
Social Media Inspiration
Social media, especially TikTok, Instagram
, and Pinterest
, can be wonderful sources of inspiration! Here are some great pages and Pinterest boards to check out to help you design your own grad cap.
@SHOPMYTM on TikTok
This TikTok account has great ideas for grad cap art as well as other fun graduation keepsakes. They feature Mean Girls-themed caps to caps showcasing college majors.
@CREATIVELYBRIE on TikTok
Bria Nicole, the designer behind this account, features many examples of grad cap art on her TikTok page. See everything from medicine-themed to Marvel for movie lovers out there!
Graduation Cap Decorations Board on Pinterest
This professional board has dozens of beautiful and creative graduation cap ideas. This board is filled with inspirational quotes and many Disney-themed caps, like a Walt Disney quote
and a reference to Tangled
Grad Cap Ideas Board on Pinterest
This board features homier grad cap art, with some caps boasting working lights
While graduation may seem like a slightly scary prospect, add a little bit of your own flair to the day with your graduation cap. There are infinite possibilities when it comes to making your grad cap art! Hopefully, this article has helped you figure out where to begin, and I hope you have endless fun while decorating!