DIY Graduation Cap Decorations – Light-up, Floral, Layered, and More!

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Graduation Day is a special day to recognize students for their achievements! But between the long gowns and mortarboards, it’s hard to get recognized in that crowd. Luckily, I have the perfect solution. Today, I’ll share my best graduation cap ideas that you can make! You can customize these projects with different materials (like layered vinyl or even a plastic folder!) or use the techniques as inspiration to create your own designs. I’ll share my best tips to light up the stage during your graduation ceremony!

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* Graduation Caps —
* One (1) Plastic Folder —
* One (1) sheet of 12” x 12” 100 lb Black Cardstock —
* One (1) sheet 8.5″ x 11″ Silver Foil Cardstock –
* Several sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ Glitter Cardstock —
* Cricut Permanent Glossy Vinyl in Various Colors –
* String of LED Fairy Lights, about 20 lights — This set of LED lights is lightweight, easy to shape, and has a small battery pack –
* Glue Gun & Glue Sticks –
* 3D Clear Adhesive Dots (1/2″ diameter x 1/8″ thick) –
* Craft Glue — I used Bearly Art Precision Craft Glue –
* Cricut Standard Grip Transfer Tape –
* Cricut Permanent Vinyl Shimmer Silver —
* Cricut Strong Grip Transfer Tape —
* One (1) 16″ x 16″ Shadow Box –
* Painters tape — to keep the plastic in place on a StandardGrip Mat
* Tape Measure
* Weeding Tool
* Scraper Tool
* Brayer
* Scissors
* Spatula
* A method to cut your materials — I used the amazing Cricut Maker 3 but you can also use the Cricut Maker, Cricut Explore Series or Cricut Joy (for small decorations) with the standard Fine-Point Blade –
* Cricut Green StandardGrip Machine Mat 12″ x 12″
* Cricut Purple StrongGrip Machine Mat 12″ x 12″ — optional, for the plastic or if you use Glitter Cardstock
* Design #382 – My free graduation cap ideas designs (available in my free resource library at )

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Introduction: PixelBytes (my child!)
Music: Cute by Bensound (licensed, royalty and copyright free)
Videography: Jennifer Marx on a Panasonic Lumix FZ-1000 DSLR 4K camera
Design: A Jennifer Maker original!

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