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This post will explain how to create your own custom graduation cap that will stand out among your graduating class. Keep in mind that the best way to go about this is to design the top without the hat, and then append it to the top of the hat afterwards.

How to make a similar cap – materials

Start with a glue stick or any type of glue and get a jar of dazzling glitter in your preferred color – link to the glitter


You will need letters – make sure you buy enough for the statement you want to make. There’s plenty of options out there, not only for font type but also style. That may take two or three sets – link to the letters or link to rhinestone letters


  1. The finishing touch – a bow tie! Link to the bow tie



Now that you have all the pieces, all that’s left is to put them together and create your own custom graduation cap!

  1. To start, get your mortarboard/graduation cap and a piece of cardboard from a box.
  2. Draw an outline on the cardboard to match that of your graduation cap top.
  3. Cut out the cardboard so that it is a little bit smaller than the size of the cap – trim about eight of an inch around the edges so it blends better.
  4. Spread glue over one whole side of the cutout
  5. Sprinkle glitter all over the glued side of the cutout
  6. Wait until it is nice and dry, preferably a few hours. Come back in with a dab of glue and glitter until the whole cutout is shining and even.
  7. Carefully apply the lettering with the glue so that they are nice and even – use a ruler to make sure they align.
  8. Finish it off with the bow tie in the middle!
  9. The cardboard could be glued onto the graduation cap, but that’s not the only option. You can use Velcro straps to lock the cutout in place on the cap if you want to able to remove it at a moment’s notice. Some schools don’t allow for a custom design at the ceremony and the walk.
  10. Make sure you follow your school’s rules! You don’t want to be the one student not allowed to participate in receiving your diploma because your cap is not up to code. Velcro works great for that, quick on and quick off!

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