Make a Printable Miniature Graduation Cap or Mortarboard and Diploma

  • 01 of 07

    Make Printable Miniature Graduation Caps or Mortarboards in Three Scales

    A bright blue and a black mortar board or graduation cap and diploma in 1:12, 1:6 or 1:24 scale.
    Two printable miniature mortar boards or graduation caps and a diploma in 1:12, 1:6 or 1:24 dolls house scales. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to Inc.

    Mortarboards or graduation caps are a recognizable symbol of the achievement of academic goals. These dolls house or scale miniature printable mortarboards can be made in two colors from the downloadable acrobat reader pdf file, or the instructions and the pdf file can be used as a template to cut out colors appropriate to a special graduation, for a kindergarden class, or to decorate tables at a high school grad party.


    The graduation caps can easily be made by a beginner, and require only...MORE simple cutting and gluing skills. The template contains graduation caps suitable for fashion dolls 1:6 scale, miniature dolls or bears (1:12 scale) or smaller dolls for collectors, or cake decorations in 1:24 scale. The caps can be made with or without dates from the printable sheets on the next page.

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  • 02 of 07

    Assemble the Materials to Make a Miniature Mortar Board or Graduation Cap

    Glue, printable templates, sewing needle, embroidery thread and scissors to make graduation caps.
    Materials used to make printable miniature mortarboards or graduation caps in 1:12, 1:6 and 1:24 scales for fashion dolls and teddy bears. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to Inc.

    To Make a Miniature Mortar Board or Graduation Cap You Will Need:

    • Paper or Card Stock if you use paper for the printed template, glue it to card stock before assembly.
    • A Computer Printer
    • Sharp Scissors
    • Fine Tweezers
    • White (pva) Glue or other paper glue or glue stick
    • Embroidery Thread a five to 8 inch piece (12 to 20cm) of embroidery thread (at least 3 strands) in the appropriate color
    • Sewing Needle large enough for three strands of embroidery thread
    • A Cork or Chess Pawn or Miniature Hat Stand the size...MORE of the doll or teddies head to act as a form.
    • Felt Pen or Colored Pencil the same color as the mortarboard, to cover the white edges of the card or paper
    • 2012 Printable Mortar Board Parts from the Pdf (acrobat reader ) file
    • 2011 Printable Mortar Board Parts from the pdf (acrobat reader) file
    • 2009 Printable Mortar Board Parts from the pdf (acrobat reader) file
    • 2008 Printable Mortar Board Parts from the pdf (acrobat reader) file
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  • 03 of 07

    Prepare the Miniature Graduation Cap Coil Foundation

    A roll of paper wrapped around a cork forms the foundation for a paper graduation cap.
    Shaping the paper head section of a dolls house graduation cap or mortar board made from a printable miniature template. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to Inc.

    To Make the Foundation Support for the Miniature Mortar Board (Graduation Cap)

    • Measure the circumference of the head of the doll or teddy you wish the hat to fit.
    • Find a suitable size hat stand or a cork with the same circumference.
    • Glue two paper strips end to end. Remove the date on one end strip, and make sure if you want a date on the cap, that the date is on the end of the doubled strip. For a 1:12 scale hat you will need two paper strips and the medium size mortar board, for a 1:24 scale hat...MORE you will need one paper strip and the smallest size of mortar board, and for a 1:6 (Barbie or fashion doll) you will need three paper strips.
    • Wrap the Paper Strips around your hat stand or cork, beginning with the undated end. Glue the end of the strip so it adheres to the next section of the strip you wrap around on top of it. Leave the dated section of the strip to the last wrap layer on the top. Glue the end to the piece of strip beneath it. Leave this roll of paper to dry.
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  • 04 of 07

    Make the Tassel for the Miniature Mortar Board or Graduation Cap

    Using a needle to thread a tassel made from embroidery thread through the center of a mortar board.
    Attaching the tassel of embroidery thread through the center of the printable miniature mortar board. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to Inc.

    To Make a Miniature Tassel

    • Take three strands of embroidery floss in an appropriate color. You will need a 5 - 8 inch piece
    • Thread the Floss through a needle.
    • Wrap the floss around your finger three to four times to make the tassel end.
    • Tie a Knot around one end of the loops you made around your finger. This will become the top end of the tassel. Tie several more knots to cover the end of the tassel, then push the needle through from the bottom of the knots on the tassel end, up through the center...MORE of the tassel to form the hanging end. Leave the thread in the needle.
    • Trim the End of the Tassel by cutting the loops at the end opposite the knots.
    • Attach The Tassel by pushing the needle through the center of a mortar board piece. If you are using the graduation year for the top of the cap, the center is on the other side of the letter f in of.
    • Set the Length of the Attachment Thread so that the tassel hangs over the edge of the mortar board to one side.
    • Remove the Needle and trim the thread on the wrong side of the mortar board so that it does not protrude past the edges.
    • Glue the two sides of the mortar board together, catching the end of the tassel holding thread in between the two sides of the mortar board. If you want a plain mortar board, use the printed side on the bottom instead of the top
    • Set Aside to Dry When the mortar board is dry, trim off any white edges, and use a felt pen or colored pencil to color the cut edges of the card.
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  • 05 of 07

    Shape the Miniature Graduation Cap

    Creating a curved head piece for a miniature mortar board from a thin roll of paper.
    Shaping the paper roll into a head piece for a miniature printable mortar board or graduation cap. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to Inc.

    Shape the Paper Roll Into a Fitted Cap

    • Shape the Paper Roll by gently pressing the centre of the roll over the head of your miniature (or a rounded hat stand, or chess pawn). This will cause the roll to become bowl shaped. Usually the back of the hat is lower than the front.
    • Set the Graduation Year to the back of the head.
    • Glue the inside of the bowl shape and set it aside to dry. When it is dry check that it fits your doll or teddy if required. If you are using the hats for decorations you...MORE don't need to fit them to a head.
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  • 06 of 07

    Glue the Mortar Board to the Foundation Cap

    Dollhouse doll graduation cap or mortarboard made from paper in 1:12 scale.
    Dollhouse scale miniature printable mortar board or graduation cap. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to Inc.

    Glue the Pieces of the Miniature Graduation Cap Together.

    • Run a bead of glue along the top edge of the rounded cap foundation.
    • Glue the Mortar Boardto the cap, pressing it gently in place.
    • Set Aside to Dry
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  • 07 of 07

    Create Graduation Keepsakes

    A three inch bear and a 1:12 scale doll wearing graduation caps / mortar boards for graduation.
    A souvenir of graduation, a miniature mortar board cap for a doll or a tiny bear. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to Inc.

    Create graduation keepsakes by making miniature caps to decorate scrapbooks, photo frames, or make miniature teddies with a dated cap.

    Personalize the caps by using the pdf file as a template to make caps from paper in the colors for a specific graduate degree, or in school colors.

    Use the caps for dolls set on graduation cakes, or set paper caps on tables as party decorations.

    The caps can also be made to fit any of these simple felt animals: