Decorating your Grad Cap!

It’s graduation season!! Congrats to everyone graduating! When I was decorating my graduation cap I had so much trouble finding information online on how to do it… which is why I’m writing this blog! Hopefully this will help some of you guys!


Here’s what I used (mostly everything is from Micheal’s):

  • Black Glitter Cardstock ($1.00)
    • Buy like 2-3 in case you mess up
  • David Tutera Rhinestone Adhesives ($6)
    • I bought two (these are the bigger stones around the edge
  • Silver Crackle Bling Sticker ($6)
    • Cut into equal sized strips and place along the outermost edge
  • Darice Rhinestone Applicator ($12)
    • This is used on HOT FIX rhinestones. If you don’t have any experience using hot fix rhinestones, it basically has dried glue on the backing and the applicator picks it up, heats up the glue, and then it’s ready to be placed wherever. IT WILL MAKE YOUR LIFE SO MUCH EASIER.
  • I can’t remember the exact rhinestones I bought, but 4 mm rhinestones should work
    • On Amazon search: “4 mm hot fix rhinestones” and pick the color you like
  • CRAZY GLUE!

Here’s how to do it

  1. Measure you grad cap and cut the card stock to fit
  2. Measure the little circle in the middle of the grad cap and cut a hole in the cardstock of the same size (using something with a straight edge like a box cutter as opposed to a scissor will make your life easier)
    • Trick: Making tiny vertical slashes in the hole you just made so it’ll be easier to fit it over the bump
      • When I say tiny, I mean TINY – You don’t want to be able to see the slashes when you put it over the top
  3. CRAZY GLUE THE CARDSTOCK DOWN!
  4. Add stickers and embellishements as you’d like
    • I crazy glue-d mine down but that was so much work. At least it didn’t fall off right?
  5. To do the gator, I printed out a stencil online and traced it out very lightly in pencil onto the cardstock
  6. then I used the hot fix applicator to apply the stones individually and that’s it!
    • Applying every stone individually took me 2-3 hrs/day x 3 days so plan for that if you want to do something intricate!

Best of luck in your future endeavors.


If you’ve decorated your grad cap already, what kind of design did you do?! Tag me in pictures on instagram or send me them via DM if you have some! I would love to see! <3 (My instagram is linked under my signature).

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13 Comments

  • Reply sassyfrombirth April 29, 2017 at 4:13 am

    This is so creative! Unfortunately in South Africa, most people hire their graduation caps and gown so decorations are a no no. 🙁
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    • Reply sayeedahsparkles April 30, 2017 at 12:20 am

      Aww that really is unfortunate :/ I loved seeing everyone’s decorations at my graduation! I didn’t know you were from South Africa though, that’s so cool!

  • Reply anewchapterweb April 29, 2017 at 7:43 am

    That looks so cool! I might consider that when I graduate one day

  • Reply Coyote from Orion April 29, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Congratulations on graduating or all who are.

  • Reply randomthoughtsbyhaya April 29, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    So awesome!!! I wish I could’ve done this too but my school didn’t allow us to decorate our caps

  • Reply janahpinku April 30, 2017 at 3:01 am

    Love your design! Of course, what better way to graduate than to graduate in glitters
    and sparkles. Yay for this lovely idea. 💕

  • Reply Superman May 9, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Oulala! I remembered when you were making this. It was awesome. Sorry i couldn’t be there. Congrats again. The hat was amazing and gorgeous as you. My gf had a similar idea. She said thank you for it 😀 xoxo

  • Reply Rohini May 27, 2017 at 10:29 am

    This is so beautiful!❤

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