How to Decorate a Graduation Cap

PC: Kayla Potts

PC: Kayla Potts



The end of the year is quickly approaching and for those graduating, life is about to make a major shift. Standing in front of a large crowd in a black gown isn’t the greatest fashion statement, but you can add a little creativity by decorating your graduation cap. Here are a few tips to design the right cap for you.

Pick A Theme/Design

You can’t start decorating your graduation cap without inspiration. Having an idea in mind will help the process go more quickly. My favorite place to look is Pinterest. It has many great options to choose from. For your big day, I suggest creating something meaningful to you.

If you’re having a hard time coming up with an idea, here are a few suggestions. You can decorate your cap with a well-known quote, quotes from your favorite book or movies, cater it to your major, bedazzle it, add a monogram, be humorous or even make a pair to match with your friends. The options are endless

Gather Materials

After picking your design it’s time to purchase materials. Create a shopping list so you know exactly what you need. I suggest adding a glue gun, adhesives, fabrics, fabric paint, washi tape and decorative stickers to your list.

While your shopping list will vary with your theme, I find the best places to get decorations are Michaels or Hobby Lobby. Both have daily coupons you can find by googling Hobby Lobby or Michaels coupon.

Find a Workspace

Warning! In the excitement of having a specialized graduation cap things can get a little messy, so pick a workspace with a large flat surface somewhere you can easily clean up.

Purchase a Pre-Designed Cap

If decorating a graduation cap seems like too much time, money or stress, you can go on Amazon and find pre-made designs. Just follow the instruction and voilà, you have yourself a beautiful graduation cap for less than $20. While you still have to put a little more effort in, it certainly takes less time than creating your own design.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with as you walk across that stage. Congratulations seniors! Best of luck as you journey on to your next adventure!

Alaysha Harris is a senior studying communication.