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How to Decorate Your Graduation Cap

Customizing your graduation cap is a way to stand out among the sea of identical, ill-fitting graduation robes.


  • Step 1: Figure out your motivation Think about the statement you want your cap to make. Is your motivation purely aesthetic? Do you want to share a joke with your classmates or send a shout-out to someone in the crowd? Or maybe you have a philanthropic angle, like raising awareness for a cause?
  • TIP: Don't play a mean-spirited joke or stir up controversy.
  • Step 2: Don't go crazy with the glue gun If your school requires you to return your cap, keep in mind that any changes will need to be reversible. In other words, don't go crazy with the glue gun.
  • Step 3: Comb a crafts store Comb your local crafts store for ideas. Small accessories can be attached temporarily with a single sewing stitch.
  • Step 4: Look around your house Look around your own house for materials and inspiration.
  • Step 5: Light it up Add battery-operated lights to really stand out.
  • TIP: Keep your decorations flat so your cap doesn't block anyone's view.
  • Step 6: Consider edible trimmings Consider edible trimmings that you can share with your classmates during dull moments.
  • Step 7: Don't go overboard Don't go overboard. A little decoration goes a long way.
  • FACT: The style of the graduation cap and gown originates from the everyday clothes of men in the Middle Ages.

You Will Need

  • Time
  • A crafts store
  • Money
  • A needle and thread
  • And artistic flair
  • Battery-operated lights

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