Thursday, June 9, 2016

Graduation Cap Tutorial

Hi everyone! It's already been over two weeks since I graduated and I cannot believe it. The four years I spent in high school were so great, and I'm excited to see what the future holds. For my graduation,I decorated my cap with the Lilly Pulitzer pattern Lobstah Roll. I also added some pearls, a monogram, and of course a Vineyard Vines sticker. I've had a lot of questions about how I did my cap, so in this post I'm going to do my best to show you how! I broke it down into 10 steps. If anyone is confused feel free to comment or email me ( !
What you'll need:
Hot glue gun & hot glue
Poster Board
Plain Graduation Cap
Adhesive Pearls (found in scrapbooking section)
Stickers (I used a 6.5 inch monogram from ToPrepfection, and a plain Vineyard Vines whale)
Glossy Modge Podge
Sponge Brush
 Step 1: Cut a piece of poster board to the size of your cap.
Step 2: Print out your favorite pattern! One sheet of computer paper will not be enough so you will have to print 2. In order to match up the pattern I recommend printing one half of the picture of your pattern on one sheet, and the other half on another.
Step 3: VERY IMPORTANT! Match up your pattern and glue it together. It will be very noticeable if your pattern is not matched up!

Step 4: Cut pattern paper to match the poster board

Now here's what you should have:

Step 5: Glue the pattern paper to the poster board. Modge podge the top to give it a shiny finish.
Step 6: Cut a hole in the poster board so the button in the center of the cap can fit through.
Step 7: Hot glue poster board and pattern combo to the cap. Use lots of glue so it stays! Optional- use another layer of modge podge ( I did!)
Step 8: Cut small circle from excess pattern and poster board combo. Hot glue onto the button in the center.
Step 9: The toughest for me- adding the stickers. My monogram did not fit over the button, so I cut out the area that fell over the button. Then I placed my sticker on the cap, and the area I cut out over the button. This will be easy or hard depending on your monogram. The Vineyard Vines sticker was easy to add- just make sure it's straight!
Step 10: Add pearls (this part is so easy with the adhesive pearls- would highly recommend getting these)
TA DA! You're cap is done and you are ready to graduate! Congrats to everyone in the Cass of 2016. As Elle Woods would say- WE DID IT!
Thanks for reading!


  1. This is such a fun tutorial!
    xo, Syd

  2. Your cap is too cute!! Congrats again on graduating!

    Love from Texas,
    Desirae Marie ||

  3. I love how this turned out - it's one of my favorite caps I've ever seen. Congrats on graduating!

    XO, Brooke

  4. Love this! I'll definitely be saving this for graduation next year!


  5. Where is your outfit from?? I'm obsessed! You look so pretty.


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