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30 Best Graduation Cap Ideas to Stand Out at the Ceremony

For you or for your graduate! 🎓

graduation cap ideas
Dream a Little Bigger

It’s graduation day. You can’t believe your big moment has finally arrived! You’re donning the customary gown. Your hair is just so. And you’ve picked out accessories that perfectly complement your cap. Oh, that’s right—your cap! As you picture this day, maybe you’re noticing that your graduation cap could use a little special something, a decorative pop that’ll make you stand out from the crowd.

Whether it’s you who’s graduating (or you’re gathering ideas or making a graduation gift for your child), there are tons of ways to gussy up that cap, and ahead, we’re sharing 30 ideas that are sure to inspire you. You can work your DIY magic and make it yourself using an easy tutorial, or if you’re not in the mood to be crafty, you can turn to lots of other options, including printable toppers, buying one that’s already printed, or relying upon the amazing crafting skills of a pro who can customize the topper of your dreams. Flowers, inspirational graduation quotes, favorite movies, sentiments about how excited you are be done—these ideas are all here, and then some! Your cap will be so special that you'll probably even want to put it on display at your graduation party!

graduation cap ideas faux flowers
Rebecca Smith
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DIY Faux Flower Graduation Cap

Whether you’re allowed to glue onto your cap directly, or start with a protective topper, it’s time to get out the glue gun to create this flowery cap.


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Floral Graduation Cap with Script Letters

Are you all about flowers, pretty lettering, and great quotes? Then this customized graduation cap is just perfect for you.

graduation cap ideas foam letters
Portland Press Herald
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DIY Foam Letter Graduation Cap

It doesn’t get any easier than foam letters spelling out a sweet sentiment on your graduation cap.


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The House That Lars Built
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DIY Paper Flower Graduation Tassel

If you’d like to add a small something to your tassel (or add a pretty tassel to your plain cap), work your DIY talents and make this vibrant, flowered version.

Get the tutorial at The House That Lars Built.

graduation cap ideas now what
Studio DIY!
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DIY "Now What?" Graduation Cap

Still haven't decided what's next for you? That's okay! Embrace your blank slate with this DIY graduation cap that says "Now What?" in bold letters.

Get the tutorial at Studio DIY!.

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Custom Graduation Cap

Let’s say you have a lot of ideas for your graduation cap, but no actual time to execute them. Have a crafting aficionado make one for you. Calligraphy? Painted flowers? Sequins? The sky’s the limit with this decal!

Three Twenty Nine Co.
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Graduation Cap Decoration

If you want to use your graduation cap as an opportunity to thank your parents for all their support over the years, this adorable topper is for you.

graduation cap ideas the world awaits
Craft Box Girls
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“The World Awaits” Graduation Cap

For a graduation cap that shows how excited you are about the future (while showcasing charming flowers and sequins), you can follow this tutorial.

Get the tutorial at Craft Box Girls.

Three Twenty Nine Co.
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Mary Poppins Graduation Cap

A graduation cap is a prime chance to proudly display your very favorite quote. If this one from Mary Poppins strikes a chord, apply it to your cap!

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"Mean Girls" Graduation Cap

We’re getting a kick out of this graduation cap topper that’s an homage to the movie Mean Girls.

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Studio DIY!
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"Hire Me" Graduation Cap

You never know where you'll meet a prospective employer. Put your confidence on display with this cute polka dot lettered hat.

Get the tutorial at Studio DIY!.

graduation cap ideas bloom where you are planted
Dream a Little Bigger
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DIY Flower-Themed Graduation Cap

This graduation cap theme can be made in less than 30 minutes! All you need is a Cricut Maker, a few tools, and flowers galore.

Get the tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger.

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Tassel Charm with Memorial Photo

Perhaps you’d like to honor a beloved family member or friend with your graduation cap. In this case, you can purchase this customized photo charm to add to your tassel.

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“Worth the Hassle” Graduation Cap
Now 33% off

Was the tassel worth the hassle? You bet it was! And you can let everyone know with this ready-made topper.

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Custom Painted Graduation Cap

Choose your desired quote, a description of the design you’d like (with inspiration photos if you want to include them), and your preferred color for the text, and watch your vision come to life with the help of a professional.

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“That’s All Folks!” Graduation Cap

If you’re a nut for cartoons, especially old-school ones, look no further than this funny “That’s All Folks!” cap topper for graduation day.

graduation cap ideas butterflies
Dream a Little Bigger
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DIY Butterfly Graduation Cap

You’re about to take flight, and this graduation cap may just inspire you to spread your wings.

Get the tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger.

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Graduation Cap with Quote

To honor your hard work and dedication during all those years of school, look to this topper with an all-too-appropriate quote.

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Photo Graduation Cap

We’re betting this graduation cap will make your parents cry! Customize it with favorite family photos, your name, and your graduating year.

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Polkadot Chair
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DIY Iron-On Graduation Cap

To add a vinyl design to your graduation cap that’s sure to stand out against the solid hue, follow these handy steps.

Get the tutorial at Polka Dot Chair.

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Family Love Graduation Cap

To thank your mom, siblings, and anyone else who’s important in your life, you can turn to this completely customizable creation.

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Map of the World Graduation Cap

The world really is waiting for you out there, and you can show it with this topper decorated with a map of the world.

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Graduation Cap Bow

For a bit of a twist on a graduation cap decoration, ponder a sweet-as-can-be bow to add on the day.

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"Hamilton" Graduation Cap

You're young, scrappy and hungry and you did not throw away your shot! Give a nod to the hit musical Hamilton on Graduation Day with this inspirational cap idea.

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"I Can Do Anything" Graduation Cap
Now 33% off

This confidence-sparking cap knows just as well as you do that there's nothing you can't do!

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Dream a Little Bigger
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DIY Sprinkles Graduation Cap

You might just look as if you’ve been dipped in ice cream and sprinkles with the help of this delightful cap!

Get the tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger.

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Colorful Graduation Cap

Maybe you want your graduation cap to pop against the crowd, making it easy for your loved ones to find you. This colorful one, made with a decorating kit, should do the trick.

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Embroidered Graduation Cap

For a keepsake you’ll cherish forever, enlist an artisan to craft an embroidered topper for your big day, splashed with flowers and a lovely quote.

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Mariah Cooke
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“I Can Show You the World” Graduation Cap

Learn how to make this golden, glittery cap (complete with the cutest quote!) by using this tutorial.

Get the tutorial at Mariah Cooke.

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“Game Over” Graduation Cap

This goes out to all the gamers out there! You’ve finished the final level, and you can prove it with this “Game Over” graduation cap topper.

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