The first blog post of mine that ever “blew up” online was one about cooler painting (seriously, the top of my ex-boyfriend’s cooler is one of the top 10 Google image search results for “cooler painting tips”). Anyways, since that post was such a hit, I figured it’s high time for another crafty post. And given that I graduate today, what better thing to post than some tips on decorating your graduation cap?
Step 1: Make a plan
Figure out what you want on your cap. I knew I wanted something obnoxiously sparkly, because that’s just who I am as a person. I feel like a quote is a pretty common choice of decoration, although I’ve seen a lot of puns too. And mine’s just a Harry Potter reference because I’m obviously supposed to be graduating from Hogwarts instead of UGA. Pinterest is a great source of inspiration if you’re struggling to come up with something.
Step 2: Gather the supplies
There are about a million and one ways you can put together a graduation cap. Personally, I used:
- Hot glue gun
- Glitter scrapbook paper
If you have access to a Cricut (or other paper-cutting machine), I’d highly recommend using it to cut out your letters. Otherwise, accept your fate spending way too much time cutting out tiny letters, like yours truly. Or buy pre-cut letters because you’re not a masochist. Your call.
Step 3: Create the layout
Unlike a cooler, there’s not a lot of complicated steps involved in putting together a graduation cap. Play around with the layout until you find something you like, then get to work making it a reality. IMPORTANT NOTE: Pay attention to which side is the front of a cap. Having to start over because you made your cap upside down is painful.
Step 4: Actually glue it down
Real complicated, right? But also probably the most time-consuming step of all, especially if you’re like me and want 100+ rhinestones on your cap. Put on an episode of your fave TV show on Netflix and get gluing.
And that’s all there is to it! Now you’ve just got to actually, you know, graduate.
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