You worked, got your degree, and it paid off. You are ultimately graduation! Since the entire class of 2022 will be wearing the exact same cap and gown, the best way to stand out in the crowd on graduation day is to decorate your graduation cap with something that shows off your personality.
Whether you’re using your graduation hat to thank mom and dad (or whoever helped graduate you), highlight one of your favorite inspirational quotes, or for a joke or two, decorating your graduation hat is the one of the best parts of the big day. (Especially if you’re the creative type who likes to tinker!)
Keep reading for 25 graduation cap decoration ideas for the 2022 graduation ceremony!
And if you need more graduation day inspiration, check out personalized graduation gifts, our top picks for graduation food ideas, and messages to write on a graduation card. diplomas.
How to DIY a Decorated Graduation Cap
Many future graduates choose to decorate their graduation cap in a DIY fashion. After all, it’s cheaper! If you choose to DIY your grad cap, more power to you. Parade make a brief list of all the art supplies you might need to take your degree to the next level.
Gorilla Dual Temp Mini Hot Glue Gun Kit with 30 Hot Glue Sticks, $14.99 at Amazon
A staple in any DIY’s closet, a mini hot glue gun will come in handy for gluing scrapbook paper, foam, or any other fun decor you might want to add to your grad cap.
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48 Piece Scrapbook Paper Pad Watercolor Starry Sky Paper, $11.99 at Amazon
Speaking of scrapbook paper, this 48-piece set makes a great backdrop for your personal creation.
30 Rolls of Gold Foil Washi Tape, $12.99 at Amazon
Washi tape is always a good idea. It features vibrant patterns, cute patterns and a nice border on your grad cap.
52-Piece Graduation Stickers, $7.99 at Amazon
Don’t forget the stickers!
25 graduation cap decoration ideas
1. Nevertheless, She Persisted Graduation Cap Decal$15.74 on Etsy
For the student who overcame it all and always came out on top on graduation day, there’s this simple but great “Nevertheless, She Persisted” decal.
The Claaaaaw may be the thing that ruled the three-eyed alien world in the toy story honesty, but in your world, it was the Diplommaaa that ruled everything. And you know? The Diplommaa has chosen you!
3. She Doesn’t Even Go Here Anymore Graduation Cap Topper$29.95 on Etsy
Say it louder for the people in the back, mean girls Fans!
4. Happily Ever After Graduation Cap Topper$29.95 on Etsy
Because today is just the start of your happily ever after.
5. Preschool Graduation Cap$10.80 on Etsy
Graduating from preschool is a BIG achievement and even the smallest of graduates deserve a fun cap too!
6. Printable ‘I feel class of 22’ Grad Cap Topper$10 on Etsy
A nod to T. Swift and also your class year, we have a feeling this printable headwear would even be Elle Woods approved, thanks to all that pink!
seven. Customizable vinyl Graduation cap decal, $27 on Etsy
Be sure to thank the people – and the many caffeinated beverages – who have made earning this degree possible, even from a distance.
8. Kanye Graduation Decorated Grad Cap Decoration Kit$15 on Etsy
You might have been a Dropping out of college but he actually received an honorary doctorate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015. Anyway, the rapper/producer’s artwork for the album Graduation will always be an iconic idea for his biggest fans.
9. Graduation Cap Memorial Photo Charm$19.95 on Etsy
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Looking for a more subtle way to decorate your grad cap? The Graduation Cap Memorial Photo Holder hangs next to your cap’s tassel and features two medallion-shaped slots where you can place a photo of your loved ones.
ten. Custom Graduation Cap Design$49.99 on Etsy
Bible verses are a popular choice for many graduates who attribute part of their success to a higher power. This Etsy The shop’s simple floral design allows you to customize the quote however you like.
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11. Lilo & Stitch Ohana Graduation Cap Topper$45 on Etsy
In the words of every Disney lover’s favorite alien, “Byeee!”
12. Spongebob Graduate Hat Topper$45 on Etsy
Congratulations to the narrator of Sponge Bob SquarePants ’cause man, that degree feels like it took still!
13. Hamilton Graduation Cap Top$29.95 on Etsy
And just like Alexander Hamilton… the world will know your name!
14. Holy Molar Graduation Cap$20 on Etsy
First of all, congratulations, you have passed dental school! Second, might as well come out with a hilarious dentistry pun.
15. And she taught happily ever after graduation$29.95 on Etsy
Getting a teaching degree is no small feat! Celebrate your success with the perfect nod to your literary journey.
16. Custom Digitally Printed Graduation Floral Cap Topper$28.99 on Etsy
The personalized digitally printed graduation floral topper is cute enough to frame post-graduation.
17. Customizable Handmade Leather Graduation Cap$76.50 on Etsy
This handmade leather cap cover is a bit pricey, but it’s… hand worked leather! It’s a moment that you will literally treasure forever.
18. Law student Paper Flower Graduation Hat Topper$85 on Etsy
Graduated from law school? You are an absolute rockstar!
19. If You’re Reading This I Graduated Drake Decorated Grad Cap$15 on Etsy
For Drake fans who just can’t let go of the title (and artwork) of his 2015 album.
20. That’s All Folks Decorated Grad Cap Decoration Kit$15 on Etsy
And that’s it, period.
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21. Now Warmer One Degree Graduation Cap Topper$29.95 on Etsy
But where is the lie?!
22. Cap on the next story Graduation Cap$29.95 on Etsy
And we all know how it went for toy story…there was a sequel, a third movie, and a fourth film. So your story is far from over. It is just beginning !
23. Oh The Places I Go Graduation Cap Topper Digital File$3.50 on Etsy
A Dr. Seuss book – and sentiment – that has become particularly heralded by graduates, this Oh, the Places You’ll Go Graduation Cap Topper is actually a digital file that you can download, print, and paste on yourself.
24. Just Kept Swimming Nemo Grad Cap Decorating Kit$15 on Etsy
When the going got tough, when the sharks came and the waves crashed, you did like Dory and just kept swimming.
25. I Was But The Learner Graduation Cap Topper$29.95 on Etsy
star wars fans can’t pass up this stellar graduation hat idea. Especially if you are getting your master’s degree!
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