It’s a fashionista’s worst nightmare: Showing up to an event where everybody is wearing the exact same thing. Fear not, there’s one surefire way to stand out in a sea of caps and gowns at graduation and show off your individuality. Your plain ole’ mortar board could use a little jazzing up — because that graduation gown sure ain’t going to do anything for your figure.
(Cautionary note: Don’t try this if you’re “renting” your cap).
College grads, consider this little arts and crafts project practice for the real world, because you’ll certainly want to differentiate yourself from others in a sea of job applicants. (*We are not suggesting you use glitter and sequins to decorate your resume, though). And, high school graduates, well, this is just warm up for college where you’ll spend a lot of time being “unique.”
Once you get an idea for your cap, get coupons and cash-back offers on craft supplies from Staples, Walmart, Snapfish, Hobby Lobby and Michael’s.
Here are 13 graduation cap decor ideas for the Class of 2013:
- Got Job? Hey, why not start marketing yourself to potential employers? Surely, there’s some in the graduation audience. Use white tape to spell out the simple inquiry. (Psst … good news college graduates. The average starting salary for those with bachelor’s degrees is $44,928, up more than 5 percent over last year, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers).
- Go professional. Tassel Toppers lets you create your own adhesive design for your graduation cap, by uploading photos and using a text tool. The company also has licensing agreements with several colleges. Our favorite idea is a simple, confident message that says: “Future billionaire.”
- Designer fiend. Perfect for a fashion design student. Use some glittery scrapbook paper to cover the mortar board, then use a black marker to make the signature Chanel symbol with interlocking “C’s.” Add some flare with studs in the corners.
- Shout out to mom and dad. Use a glitter pen to issue a public “thank you” to your parents — you know for all those science fair projects and essays they helped out on over the years. Or, perhaps they’re helping pay your college tuition.
- School spirit: Decorate the top with your school’s colors or mascot.
- Inspirational quote: Use a fabric marker and add a short, yet powerful quote. Here are some of our favorites that are especially appropriate for graduation: “Knowledge is power.” — Francis Bacon. “The best is yet to come.” -Frank Sinatra. “This above all, to thine own self be true.” – William Shakespeare
- Plant a flower: Use a hot glue gun to attach some fake flowers to the top of your cap for an all-out girly statement.
- Organic chemistry model: Pipe cleaners and foam balls can come together to create a science project on your cap. It’s becoming a bit of a tradition for chemistry graduates at James Madison University in Virginia.
- Classic monogram: Place a cursive stencil over some pretty scrapbook paper, trace your initials, cut them out and use a thin layer of glue to stick it to the top of your hat.
- Harry Potter: Write something witty, like “I’d rather be at Hogwarts.”
- Painting: Let the mortar board be your canvas and use fabric paint to paint a scene atop your hat.
- Gamer: Like video games? Use varying shades of green sequins to re-create the classic 1-UP symbol.
- Superhero theme: Because it took some superpowers to get through finals, go ahead and crown yourself one. How about a patriotic Captain America theme? Use ribbons, shimmery paper, felt and star stickers in red, white and silver to re-create the look.
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