25 Easy Graduation Cap Ideas for the Even The Most DIY-Challenged

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Clever Yet Easy Grad Cap Ideas That Are Anything But Lame

simple grad cap decoration that says "LOL BYE"
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Graduation is the culmination of years of work finally paying off. It’s a day that’s all about celebrating your triumphs. Which is why wanting to look your best only makes sense.

Your cap is often the biggest statement piece. However, some of us are a little more artistically challenged than others.


With the help of a few things like scissors and glue, you can create a decoration you’ll be proud of for years to come. Even if you have decorating skills that range from minimal to none.

Down below are some amazing, easy graduation cap ideas to inspire you.

25 Simple Graduation Caps

on to my next adventure grad cap decoration
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How pretty is this first cap? It looks like she used stickers and faux flowers to create it.

jake peralta quote grad cap design
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Let your funny side shine at graduation with a well placed quote – like this one from Brooklyn Nine-Nine!

Your favorite TV series likely has one that’ll sum up your feelings about graduating.

eye did it easy graduation cap decoration idea
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Placement is something you’ll want to consider before you start decorating your graduation cap. Sideways or not, eye think this is an exceptional idea.

example of easy graduation cap idea
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Crying Kim K. is still a relatable mood.

what a long strange trip it's been simple grad cap design
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“from my parking spot to my grad cap That 70s Show has been there for it all.”

this is fine graduation topper design
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Ironic humor and rhinestone stickers are a winning combination. We all deal with stress differently, but pretty much everyone can relate to this comic.

easy pink grad cap idea
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This easy graduation cap checks all the boxes:

  • glitter
  • flowers
  • wholesome
  • & cute as hell
i did it for my cats easy graduation cap design
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Here’s a different take on the same idea. Simply cut & paste pictures of your fur children to recreate it! 

easy grad cap decoration example
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Your university probably has ground rules for decorating your grad cap. But if you wanted to bend those rules, I wouldn’t blame you.

"it is is my graduation" the office grad cap easy decoration idea
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Fact: a period is more professional than an exclamation point.

clever girl college grad cap
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Clever girl indeed. This idea is perfect if you have a red cap and gown.

I winged it graduation cap

i winged it easy grad cap decoration
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Just wing it. Life, eyeliner, your grad cap, everything.

Without the correct tools, crafting can go from fun to frustrating real fast. 😵 To save you the hassle of back and forth trips to the store, I put together this list of all the best materials for decorating your graduation cap. Check out this convenient one-stop shop so you can speed up the process and get going quickly and easily!

just winged it beer stein decorated easy grad cap
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Because we’re all just pretending to know what we’re doing.

Kim k quote decorated graduation cap topper
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Making your graduation cap sparkle is easy-peasy. The trick to doing it without creating a huge mess: glitter cardstock paper.

funny quote grad cap easy idea
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Stand up comedy bits are a gold mine for ideas.

john mulaney graduation cap decoration
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“I wrote most of my essays this past year while watching John Mulaney stand-up specials so I felt it was fitting to honor him on my grad cap.”

easy design on graduation hat
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This design looks super slick. But you don’t need anything fancy to make something similar.

The reference makes me want to rewatch Avatar The Last Airbender.

example of easy grad cap decoration
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Well stop cultivating, and start harvesting!

God I love It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. This is a top-tier reference from my favorite season. 👌

simple disney inspired grad cap design
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“Took a whole semester of graphic design classes and all I got was a C+ and a really cool grad cap.”

Worth it.

Of all of the simple grad cap ideas in this post, this particular design is my favorite. This graduate clearly has ironic humor on lock and I’m so here for it.

easy graduating cap idea one eternity later
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An accurate representation of how long college feels.

post malone easy grad cap design
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Crazy cute, funny, and an idea you can easily copy.

post malone graduation cap topper idea
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Never underestimate the power of fake flowers and a printer.

i finally got the D graduation cap design idea
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Stickers and easy grad cap designs are BFFs.

easy grad cap decoration using leslie knope quote
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Hard work and motivation are an essential part of getting your degree. This inspirational quote definitely channels those vibes.

Plus, who doesn’t love a good Parks and Recreation reference?

easy graduation cap decoration idea example
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Major props to this last cap for originality!

What can I use to decorate my graduation cap?

There are lots of different crafting supplies that you can use to decorate your graduation cap. These are the ones I recommend.

Cute stickers and decorations:

Large Grad Cap, Black
Large gold glitter alphabet stickers
Boutique cap and gown stickers, blue
100pcs mini artificial silk yellow sunflower heads
Botique mini black grad cap stickers
E6000 Industrial Strength Adhesive, 3.7oz
Acrylic Paint Value Pack, 12pc
Glitter pink cardstock, 12 inch by 12 inch, 10 sheets

If you already have a glue gun or super glue on hand, don’t feel like you need to get something else. Either will work great for attaching decorations.

Video: Easy DIY Graduation Cap

Here’s a helpful video tutorial. It’ll show you how simple it is to decorate the top of your cap!

Wrapping up with easy graduation cap decorations

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