How To: Cap Decorating

Katelynn Groh—Okay so tonight I decided to switch things up a bit and write about a topic I’ve never done before…how to decorate your cap!

The other day I bought my cap and gown and even though I am now $54 short I didn’t waste any time in getting to Micheal’s to get supplies to decorate my cap.

Cap and gown bought Wednesday, cap decorated by Friday. BOOM.

I mean this weekend was the perfect time to go really, Micheal’s was having a sale this weekend and my whole order was 30% off. IT. WAS. GREAT. My theory was, I’d rather be over prepared than under prepared.

All my supplies! Everything is from Michael's!

All my supplies! Everything is from Micheal’s! 🙂

Above you can see I bought blue scrapbook paper (5/$1), a mini hot glue gun ($5), a bow, flower and butterfly appliqués, rhinestones, and 2 packs of white letters and 1 pack of black letters. Everything but the bow and glue gun were in the scrapbook section…the bow was in the ribbon section and the hot-glue gun was in the adhesive aisle in the wood crafts section.

Before you even start decorating, here’s what you need to do…

  1. GO ON PINTEREST. So many ideas. I was between 2 ideas, but once I had my cap in my hands I decided to look some more and saw a design and immediately was like, “THIS IS IT.” I imagine it’s the same type of moment I’ll have when wedding dress shopping.
  2. Once you have your idea, go to a scrapbooking store (Micheal’s, Joann’s, Hobby Lobby, A.C. Moore) and take a look through all the scrapbooking aisles. Once you’re looking at everything, all of a sudden you’ll just know what you need for the theme of your cap.
  3. Like I said earlier, it’s better to be over prepared than under. Buy whatever you think you’ll need and whatever you don’t use you can return and get your money back. I WAY overestimated the size of my cap and didn’t even use the rhinestones directly to the left of the bow in the picture shown above. I also only needed 1 pack of white letters because my quote wasn’t that long.

After you have your supplies and cap in front of you, here’s what you need to do…

  1. Take a sheet of scrapbook paper and put your cap on it and trace out the shape of your cap and cut.
  2. Turn your cap right side up (make sure you know which way is front) and put the scrapbook paper on top. Feel for the little circle knob-thing that your tassel goes around and trace it out on the paper. Take an exacto-knife (BE CAREFUL) and cut out the hole. This step could take multiple tries, don’t get discouraged.
  3. Once you have the paper cut to the size of your cap and the hole cut out, you are going to hot glue it to your cap. BE GENEROUS WITH THE HOT GLUE! You don’t want it falling off when you’re walking across the stage!
  4. Next take out your letters for your quote, name, etc. and lay it out. If you’re doing a quote I’d recommend drawing straight lines LIGHTLY on the paper so that your letters are straight. Again, once you have them laid out, hot glue them down. The adhesive on the letters isn’t that sticky (or on anything for that matter) so you’re going to hot glue EVERYTHING.
  5. So now that your letters are all taken care of, take all the appliqués and rhinestones and lay them out on your cap. Once you have it to your liking, you guessed it, hot glue it down!

And that’s kinda it, friends! It’s a pretty simple process, however be careful with an exacto-knife and hot glue gun…I dropped one of the rhinestone things with hot glue all over it DIRECTLY ON MY FINGER and have a pretty decent sized blister to show for it.

I LOVE the way my cap turned out, I can’t stop looking at it!!! BUT I’m keeping it a surprise for graduation! 😉 I’ll definitely post a picture of it on here on May 15th so ya’ll can see it though! I hope you guys aren’t too upset with me, but thanks for understanding!

Good luck decorating your caps! 49 DAYS!

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