Grad cap

Graduation season brings fun caps that capture the college experience.

Graduation season brings the opportunity to showcase your creative side with fun fashion. If you're artistic, this is a perfect DIY project. Or, if you're like me, a perfect DIWYCF project — Do It With Your Crafty Friend. 

Because I am a perfectionist, I commissioned the talented Kimberly Wilhite to decorate my cap, and she did a stellar job.

I wanted my graduation cap to showcase my favorite TV show and character, Nick Miller from New Girl. I decided to do a play on the title and write "New Grad," along with a ridiculous quote from him: "Writers don't read. We write."

Click through to see the design process and finished product.

I also reached out to my Facebook network to gather other ideas for decorating your own grad cap.

Share a classic quote


This is for the elegant grad. A timeless look to make everlasting memories.

Do it yourself:

  • Find a quote
  • Write it in a paint pen
  • Cut the stems off fake flowers (you can get them at Hobby Lobby or similar craft stores)
  • Hot glue them onto the cap

Thank Mom and Dad


Give your parents a shout-out. You probably wouldn't be here without them. 

Do it yourself:

  • Purchase puffy paint and flower decorations
  • Write out a thank-you with the puffy paint
  • Glue on the flowers

Represent your future job


Share the excitement for your future profession with a shout-out. If you're going to be a teacher, this is a fun way to decorate your cap.

Do it yourself:

  • Get colored construction paper
  • Cut out letters
  • Write out what grade you will be teaching
  • Cut out an apple from construction paper
  • Cut out the leaves
  • Glue it all down

Celebrate both your degrees

You earned it. Literally.

Do it yourself:

  • Cut out letters
  • Place them into a fun saying
  • Roll up small pieces of white paper
  • Tie these with ribbons
  • Glue it all down

Deck it out in gold


This cap is golden. Just like you, now that you have a degree.

Do it yourself:

  • Purchase paint pen and (faux) gold leaf
  • Write out a saying
  • Place gold leaf onto corners of cap

Make your cap sparkle


This is rhinestone central. It will take a lot of time, but the reward is worth it.

Do it yourself:

  • Get a lot of rhinestones
  • Glue them down in whatever design you please
  • Let it sparkle like you

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