Trying on your cap and gown for graduation can be totally exciting — but, honestly, it can be a little bit boring, too. Being another cap in the crowd is totally acceptable, but if you want to go bold, help your family spot you from the bleachers, and share your love for your school or major, we’ve got a ton of ideas for you. This list of DIY graduation caps and designs can help you plan how you will wow the commencement ceremony.
The Ode to Student Loan Debt
Perfect for the student terrified for their first student loan bill, this Spongebob Squarepants throwback will have them cracking up at your realness.
The “Hire Me”
Ariel wasn’t exactly talking about being employed by a firm or agency, but this twist is worth singing about.
The “Spot Me”
We can guarantee you that at least one of your family members will complain that they couldn’t find you in the sea of black gowns. This brilliant cap takes care of that problem.
The Glitter Bomb
We’re in the camp that believes glitter makes everything better. So not only is this cap hilarious, but it’s also gold and shiny — a winning combination.
Rhinestones are so 1990’s, but that won’t stop us from rocking this gorgeous look that can be personalized, toned down, or really turned up!
The Garden Crown
Sure, you could put the flowers on your hat or wear a flower crown for pictures, but why not combine the both? This is the perfect idea for those whose schools do not allow them to decorate their cap or worry about getting their deposit back.
The Therapist/Psychologist Major
It’s so simple, we wish we would have thought of this!
The Journalist/Writing/English Major
Everyone’s obsessed with Hamilton, but this cap using the lyrics is perfect for the writers in the crowd.
The B.S. Majors
Scientists, even students, get bad raps for being boring, but you can prove them wrong with this punny cap design.
College was just part one of our journey. The whole world is waiting for us now. Let’s celebrate how far we have to go.
The Dream Catcher
This DIY is ingenious! Using dream catchers, mandalas, and peace symbols as decorations not only creates a gorgeous look, but it says a lot about where you want to be and where you are headed.
The Doctor Suess
If you haven’t already re-read “The Places You’ll Go,” now is the time. This cap is both beautiful, inspiring, and motivational.