At the University of Florida (and elsewhere?) there seems to be a tradition of decorating your graduation cap prior to the ceremony. This gives a chance to add your own little personal touch, and help your family member find you in the massive crowds.
Cohort Ladies “TEBOWING” in their custom graduation caps
I started planning my cap a few weeks ago. Now, usually I am a TERRIBLE crafter (ask my little, she will confirm) but I was pleasantly surprised with how well my cap turned out! When making your own Grad Cap it is important to remember “Less is More”
I decided to keep it simple, because I have seen one too many caps with one too many things stuck on it! I also wanted my cap to represent me…therefore I decided to incorporate my favorite things, Phi Mu, Lilly, and Pearls! (I wanted to fit a Gator somewhere, but like I said before LESS IS MORE!
My supplies for this project were very basic. Lilly Pulitzer wrapping paper, hot glue gun, quatrefoil stencil, pearls, and mod podge.
Using an old quatrefoil I already had, I traced it onto the Lilly wrapping paper and then cut it out. I also then had to cut a small circle out of the quatrefoil so the tassel would fit. Then I placed a thin layer of mod podge onto the BACK side of the wrapping paper, and placed it on the cap. I then painted a thin layer of the podge on top of the wrapping paper. Then I let it dry…
I came back a few hours layer to add the final touch, a border of pearls. Ever since my last crafting attempt, I have been TERRIFIED of the hot glue gun. After that project I had blisters from burns on multiple fingers (OUCH) but yet again I surprised myself with my crafting abilities…no BURNS! I just took this part very slowly adding maybe 5 pearls at a time.
Overall, I am VERY proud of my cap and can’t wait to wear it tomorrow, yes you read that correctly TOMORROW!! Here are a few more pictures of my best friends and I with our awesome caps! 🙂
So does anyone else’s University have this tradition for graduation?