Cap Crafting 101

Hello lovely followers, Jessie here! Firstly, I wanted to say thank you so much for all the love and support you all give to Rachael and I. We really wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for all of you amazing people, and we can’t thank you enough for the constant love you show us. We have so much planned for RubyLemonGirls and hope that you all around for a very long time to see the fun projects we have in store! Secondly, I am so thrilled to share with you guys my graduation cap design! I honestly couldn’t believe how many people reached out to me saying how much they loved my cap, and wanted to hear details on how I came up with the idea and design. So here we go.

I really wasn’t sure what I wanted at first to be completely honest. I had thought about it throughout the semester a little, but was super busy with job recruitment and school…it definitely wasn’t my top priority to say the least. Close to the end of the semester I began to search the web via Pinterest, Etsy, Google, ect to try and find some inspiration. I found a lot of options and ideas for colors and materials on Pinterest especially, so I recommend checking out multiple sites for a variety of ideas and inspo. Also, I’m not too sure about other high schools/ colleges but, TCU doesn’t give you your cap and gown until pretty much two days before graduation…so that was a whole other issue that I was really concerned with because, well, TIME. I will warn you all now, to have a really beautiful cap, you need to section out a good chunk of time to spend dedicated to the process of the design and production of your cap. It can be really time consuming depending on the level and amount of detail you want to add to your cap. For me personally, my design was very detailed, and I chose to spend a good amount of time on it because I really wanted to have something special that I could show off and keep as a memento from my college graduation. The most important thing to keep in mind is that your cap is a representation of YOU. Every cap is different and each represent a unique individual, their life experiences, and journey. Don’t be afraid to be bold and be different, after all, this is a once and a lifetime experience!

So, to recap! Before you begin designing, crafting, and creating your graduation cap my top three pieces of advice are as follows:

  1. Do your research. Search the internet/ social media platforms to find inspiration and ideas.
  2. Make time. Plan and section off a large chunk or small chunks of time to make sure you don’t feel rushed during both the design and production processes. ( Overall, I dedicated about 6-7 hrs to design and produce my cap)
  3. Stay true to yourself. Your cap is a representation of you! Don’t be afraid to be different and have fun with it. You will feel a lot more accomplished if you create something unique to you, I promise!

So after you’ve done your research and figured out a time or times when you can dedicate yourself to your cap production, it’s time to gather your materials. Now, this can be really intimidating there are so many stores and items out there it sometimes can be really overwhelming. So, what I suggest is that you decide on your design and color scheme BEFORE you go shopping for materials. I also suggest either Michaels or Hobby Lobby to go shopping for materials. These stores have the best options and have so many different materials and products for you to choose from.

Essentials you are going to need to put together your cap include:

  1. Hot Glue Gun ( I bought this one for $2.99 from Michaels!) http://www.michaels.com/craft-smart-mini-glue-gun-low-temp/10301564.html
  2. A straight edge metal ruler
  3. A cutting board/ surface you can cut on with a straight edge blade (Like this one: http://www.michaels.com/recollections-cutting-mat/10198053.html)
  4. Scissors
  5. A straight edge cutting blade


Regardless of your design, I believe these to all be necessary items you will need to assemble and produce your graduation cap efficiently and successfully.

Now for my cap personally I used all the materials above plus the ones I have posted below (ps. I shopped for everything at Michaels):

  1. Flower Crown– ( I created my own, and can do a tutorial/ blog post if you all are interested on how I created my flower crown, however, you can buy premade flower crowns from Michaels/ Etsy/ ect.) They have some really cheap ones at Forever 21, for those of you interested here is the link: http://www.forever21.com/Product/Category.aspx?category=acc_hair-flower-crowns
  2. Pink Shimmer Paper- http://www.michaels.com/12×12-shimmer-paper-by-recollections/10470493.html
  3. Gold Letters- http://www.michaels.com/recollections-adhesive-glitter-chipboard-alphabet-medium-gold/10177995.html?productsource=PDPZ1
  4. Gold Paper Petal Flowers- http://www.michaels.com/gold-paper-petal-embellishments-by-recollections/10504038.html
  5. Turquoise Pink Speckled Flowers- http://www.michaels.com/turquoise-speckled-fabric-flower-embellishments-by-recollections/10459910.html
  6. Iridescent Rhinestones- ( Like these: http://www.michaels.com/recollections-rhinestone-stickers-iridescent-assortment/10298497.html?productsource=PDPZ1)
  7. “Letter” Charm for tasselhttp://www.michaels.com/charmalong-j-letter-charm-by-bead-landing/10422208.html

In general, some decorations that I think really embellish and make your cap unique include:

  • Statement paper base
  • Letters
  • Flowers
  • Rhinestones
  • Stamps
  • Stickers
  • Beads and Charms
  • Personal drawings and creations

***Be creative, make it your own! This is your chance to choose what materials and decorations best describe your personality and your journey.***

The Process:

  1. Cut the base paper to fit the hat.
  2. Now for the tricky part, you will kind of have to feel out where the small bulb in the center of the cap is that holds the tassel. Once out feel that out, mark that spot. Then cut a small hole in the paper and press through to secure it on top of the cap.
  3. Then I began to assemble where I wanted my flowers and rhinestones, and measured how much room my letters would take up. (I think it is important to pick a phrase or quote that embodies you, take time to think about what you’d like your cap to say!)
  4. Once you have everything placed, it’s time to hot glue! Be patient, I know it is tedious but the more time you spend the better your cap will look!
  5. Lastly I added the “Letter” Charm to my tassel to add a bit of personalization to my cap! Plus, the charm was really cute and added a little something “extra” to make my cap truly unique.
  6. VIOLA! You are done!

I hope this helps a lot of you all that were curious about my cap and graduation cap creation in general. If anyone has questions or need help finding anything feel free to reach out, I’d love to discuss ideas and designs with you!

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