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Do It Yourself: Graduation Cap

Well, I did it….I GRADUATED! It was a long five years but I finally made it. And of course I had to decorate my grad cap! I didn’t want to do anything too elaborate but I still wanted it to be cute and personal. Special shout out to my good friend Rachel for giving me the idea:):)

If you haven’t read my about me then you may not know, but I just graduated from Ohio University. One of our logos is a green paw print and it is my favorite logo honestly. It is just so cute and simple, I love it. Which, I love it and this university so much, I got it tattooed on me! (cue another shameless plug to a past post). With all that being said, when Rachel suggested it I immediately knew it was perfect. I got super excited to decorate so I ran to Joann Fabrics and got all my supplies. I wanted to keep things simple, but still very extra - of course. I decided to go with a white sparkly background to fill the cap and then do a green sparkly paw print on top - I used scrapbook paper for this. As the adhesive, I just used double sided tape and it worked fine.

Even with the amount of sparkle I had, I knew I wanted more. I just felt like only using the paper would make it look very flat and boring - so I wanted to outline the paw print with either gems or pearls. After looking at my options, pearls were definitely the way to go. The gems would have just been too much sparkle so the pearls were perfect. I still bought the gems though, just in case! When I took out the pearls to start outlining the paw print I realized that I bought a pack that were on a sticky line (instead of each pearl being its own sticker). This made me think, do I really want to sit here and individually cut each pearl? No, no I don’t. So instead I outlined the cap with the pearls, and I actually ended up really loving it.

I could have left the cap like this but I really liked the little gems I bought so I wanted to use them. They had that rainbow effect to them which I just thought was so pretty and could add a little something. I didn’t want to overdo it so I just placed a few around the whole cap on the white part, just to give it a little more simmer, and I loved it!

This honestly doesn’t do it justice! Check out my IG 
(LivingErin.Blog) to see the video of it!

So there you have it! It may not have been super fancy and unique or a cute inspirational quote, but it was exactly what I wanted and personal to me:) Did you decorate your grad cap? What was it!? Let me know in the comments! And as always, thank you for reading:)


  1. This was perfect. I wish I would have your creative talents. It looks elegant and fun. Love the gems and it seems easy to do. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  2. This is SO cute!!! Congratulations on graduating!

  3. This is absolutely adorable! Love the sparkle and the simple colors, bet it twinkled in the sunlight!

  4. That's one thing I wish I would have done in college! I totally regret not designing my graduation camp! Yours turned out so cute! Love the bling.

    Safaniya Stevenson
    Burly + Puff


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