There's no need to run from store to store searching for the perfect touches for your graduation party. Instead, create adorable, fun, and nearly perfect items with your creativity and ingenuity. From baked goods to all the little touches that go into making a special and well-deserved fanfare, we've gathered 29 easy ways to make your fete the most festive in the class.
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DIY Chalkboard Speech Bubble
Create fun photo ops at the graduation party with a chalkboard speech bubble prop. Keep guests entertained by setting up a photo booth and invite everyone to take pictures with the speech bubble. Ask your friends and family to tag it on social media with your party's hashtag. The photo makes a perfect graduation memento.
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DIY Graduation Confetti Cones
Before your graduate arrives, hand out confetti cones to party guests so you can all welcome the graduate with a showering of joy. Making DIY confetti cones is easy. Print the free template, roll them into a cone, and fill them with confetti.
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DIY Graduation Cap Cupcake Toppers
Decorate party cupcakes with mini graduation caps by making these easy cupcake toppers out of black card stock. The tassels are made from golden embroidery floss. Hot glue the hats on toothpicks and stick them in the cupcakes.
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DIY Candy Graduation Leis
Leis are traditionally given as a gift when someone arrives or leaves, and they're a perfect symbol for graduates to wear. Instead of the traditional flower leis, make this fun candy version with cellophane, tissue paper, ribbon, and candy. Add in real carnations for a fresh touch.Continue to 5 of 29 below.
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DIY "Today Is Your Day" Cake
Skip the sometimes messy step of trying to carefully write a message in icing on top of the cake. Achieve professional and polished results with edible icing sheets of photos or writing placed on a cake you made. Edible icing sheets can be ordered to fit cakes and cupcakes so you can outfit your grad's party with goodies that share inspiring sayings.
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DIY Graduation Balloon Superlatives
Hang photos of the graduate from helium balloons to create a colorful cluster. The floating photo memories are the perfect way to decorate your home for a graduation party. Add in photos of memories that include friends; the balloons make a fun memento to take home.
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DIY Graduation Cap
Before the graduation ceremony, have a cap-decorating party. Provide markers, gems, beads, stencils, and lots of hot glue. A personalized cap makes it easier for graduates to locate their hat after they've ceremoniously tossed them into the air.
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DIY Giant Balloon Graduation Year
For quick party decor, cut out numbers of the graduation year from large sheets of paper. Attach the numbers to a giant balloon and place in the corners or doorways of rooms for a quick and colorful effect. Cut out inspiring words to place on other balloons. Some ideas include the words "success," "dreams," "confidence," "destiny," and any other phrases that are grad-appropriate.Continue to 9 of 29 below.
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DIY Paper Flower Graduation Tassel
Now that all the grads have placed their real tassels elsewhere, such as displaying them in frames and shadow boxes or hanging them on the rearview mirror of their cars, give them adorable lookalikes to take home after the party. Tissue paper flower tassels are precious reminders of their achievements that they can attach to their caps as a memento.
DIY Paper Flower Graduation Tassel from The House That Lars Built
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DIY Message Balloons
Balloons make any party come alive with color. Make them even more fun by customizing them with paper letters spelling out inspirational words. Cluster balloons to spell out a whole phrase.
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DIY Chalkboard Cupcake Wrapper
Spruce up your cupcakes with DIY chalkboard wrappers made from chalkboard paper cut in creative shapes. Write the graduation year, the graduate's name, or inspirational words of wisdom to the grad and guests.
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DIY Confetti Graduation Banner
Confetti is the ultimate sign of a celebration. Decorate your party with this DIY confetti-covered banner. Made from cardboard and confetti, make them with school colors for a customized detail.Continue to 13 of 29 below.
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DIY Paper Graduation Lei
These pretty paper leis are sweet party favors you can make to welcome everyone to the party. They're also pretty enough to wear during or right after the graduation ceremony, but make sure your school allows grads to wear them.
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DIY Graduation Straw Toppers
Graduation hat toppers are easy to make and they can help turn any ordinary food or drink into a joyful feast. Make a lemonade drink into a fancy custom cocktail with graduation cap straw toppers made with card stock.
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DIY YAY Vase
For the perfect table centerpiece, make your own "YAY" vase. Fill it with colorful, cheerful flowers for your grad party. Choose flowers with specific meanings that send special messages to your grad. Perfect flowers would include dahlias for change and excitement and purple orchids that symbolize admiration and pride.
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DIY Sprinkles Graduation Year
For a whimsical snack table centerpiece, cut graduation year numbers out of cardboard and cover them in sprinkles. For an edible centerpiece, make large cookie numbers and cover them in sprinkles.Continue to 17 of 29 below.
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DIY Cupcake Pennants
These cupcake pennants are super easy to make. You can either print them out on colorful paper or simply make them yourself. Add personalized and inspirational words and phrases. Carefully stick the pointy part of a wooden skewer two places on the flag pennant and stick it into cupcakes or donuts. If you want shorter versions, simply use toothpicks and smaller flags. There's also a tutorial for a matching garland.
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DIY Pennant Flags
This printable pennant banner is perfect for decorating a graduation party on a budget. Print the free template and string the paper flags together for quick and easy party decor.
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DIY Graduation Party Centerpiece
Paint leftover wine bottles sparkling gold and use them for graduation party centerpieces. Make graduation year numbers out of gold paper, glue them to elongated coffee straws (they are made longer with wooden skewers), and stick them into bottles. Using dark coffee straws makes the numbers look like they are floating.
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DIY Triangle Bunting
Brighten up a graduation party with bunting made from the graduate's school's colors or in rainbow hues. Cut out paper triangles and hang them all around the party space. You'll need high-quality card stock that you can sew together on a sewing machine.Continue to 21 of 29 below.
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DIY School Photo Props
Keep your graduation party guests entertained with a photo booth, complete with props. These DIY speech bubbles highlight common senior superlatives, like "Class Clown" and "Most Likely to Succeed." Use printable bubbles or create your own phrases.
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DIY Balloon Marquee
Marquees are trendy party decorations. Create an eye-popping yellow balloon marquee to spell out a message on a wall. Make the frame from card stock, then fill with balloons, no bulbs required.
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DIY Giant Paper Fans
Instead of buying large paper fans, save money by making your own. These are perfect backdrops to photo booths. Hang from the ceiling or attach them to the wall. Add glittery streamers for a glamorous touch.
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DIY Balloon Photo Backdrop
Nothing says "party" quite like balloons. Create a dramatic focal wall and backdrop at your graduation party with scores of them attached to the wall. Make sure they touch so there's little space between balloons. Use a rainbow of colors or the colors of the school. Your Instagram-savvy graduates will appreciate the perfect photo background.Continue to 25 of 29 below.
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DIY Graduation Cupcake Toppers
There's no need to try piping caps onto cupcakes with black icing. Instead, make those quick DIY paper toppers with paper and striped straws and place them on top of the cupcakes. Add on a piece of gold yarn or embroidery thread to create the tassels.
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DIY Gumball Graduation Party Favor
Thank guests for attending your child's graduation party with a graduation-themed party favor. This adorable mini-tube of black gumballs is topped off with a tiny graduation cap.
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DIY Rolo Graduation Cap Party Treats
Keep the grad hat theme going with these candy treats. Adorable chocolate Rolos are dressed in paper graduation hats. Serve them on a tray or package them up to hand out as party favors.
DIY Rolo Graduation Caps Party Treats from Made To Be A Momma
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DIY Graduation Memory Wreath
Welcome guests to the party with a graduation memory wreath on the front door. The wreath is made of photos of the graduate with a DIY graduation wreath made up of photos of the graduate framed on black card stock and glued to a pre-made wire wreath frame.Continue to 29 of 29 below.
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DIY Bright Future Graduation Favor
If your party has a "bright future" theme, add these treats to the mix. Fill up craft store plastic light bulbs with neon-colored candy. Tie on a printable label with an appropriate message with equally neon bright colors.