DIY Graduation Decorations

DIY Graduation Decorations

Schoooool is out for the summer!! Well at least for college grads – YOU GUYS MADE IT! On to the real world! High school students, almost there but on to…MORE SCHOOL!! Of course you’ll want to celebrate your huge accomplishment. What’s the perfect touch for a graduation party? DIY Graduation Decorations! We’ve made a beautiful backdrop which will be perfect for taking pictures and selfies. And of course you’ll need a congrats banner because, heeellloooo, you graduated!! Have fun with these DIY Graduation Decorations – they’re just right to make with family and friends.

Welcome Class of 2017 with this Backdrop

Supplies

    • Glue Gun
  • Scissors

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Step 1:

Grab your colored paper. I went to Kean University (woot woot!) so I went with Brite Hue Blue and Presidential Blue. Fold your paper about a half inch. Continue to fold in an accordion style. Make sure you sues paper because cardstock is too think to fold this many times.

Hint: You can do it long way or short way. The long way will give you a bigger fan and the short way will be smaller.

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Step 2:

Now fold your accordion in half. Hot glue the two ends together so you make one fan. Repeat 3-4 times. For the smaller ones you’ll only need three but for the bigger ones you need four.

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Step 3:

With your hot glue gun, glue the ends of each fan to the end of the next fan. You should have a big circular fan by the end. You’ll need at least 15 circular fans to make a decent backdrop.

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diy, diy graduation decor, paper, cardstock, hot glue

Step 4:

Download your Backdrop 2017 template and cut it out. Then with your hot glue gun, glue the numbers to the middle of each fan.

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Step 5:

Now you need your wrapping paper of your choice, finished fans, hot glue, and scissors. I used the Matte Pool Blue wrapping paper.

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Step 6:

Use your hot glue gun to glue your fan to the wrapping paper. I just scattered hot glue on the fan of the fan and then quickly pressed it on to the wrapping paper. Feel free to overlap your fans to make the backdrop look fuller!

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Congrats! You Survived!

Supplies

    • Hole Puncher
    • Scissors
  • Glue

diy, diy graduation decor, paper, cardstock, ribbon, hot glue

Step 1:

Download and print the front and back panel templates. Then cut out the front and back panels.

diy, diy graduation decor, paper, cardstock, hot glue

Step 2:

Now it’s time to spruce up the front panels. You want to make it look like a chalkboard. Use your white chalk marker to make dashes across the panel. To make it look more like a chalkboard, take your paint marker and press it down so it kinda leaks out on the panel. Then quickly smudge it around with your finger.

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Step 3:

Download and print out your letter templates  on white cardstock, I used Strathmore Bright White, and then cut those out.

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Step 4:

Glue the letters on to each individual panel. Then glue the front panel to the back panel.

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Step 5:

Use your hole puncher to make a hole in the top corners of each back panel.

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Step 6:

Now it’s time for ribbon!! I used  3/8 inch Baby Blue Satin Ribbon. Cut small pieces of ribbon and string them through each hole. Lay the ends flat and hot glue to seal. Repeat for each letter. For the ends of the banner, make sure you make the ribbon longer and you can simply tie and knot it through the holes. You can make it fancy by twisting two pieces of ribbon together like I did!

And that’s it! You can make these with some of your friends! Bond! Create! Celebrate! This DIY Graduation Decorations will be sure to brighten up your parties! Plus, it’s a total brag. “Not only did I graduate but I also made these decorations.” I love it! Feel free to use these for any graduations! I don’t know if you’ve heard but going to kindergarten is kinda a big deal. Celebrate all the graduations in your family- none is too big or too small. These DIY Graduation Decorations will be part of tons of memories to come. Take a selfie in front of the backdrop, take a look at your congrats banner, and head into your new chapter in your life. Congrats! You truly deserve it!

diy, diy graduation decor, paper, cardstock, ribbon, chalk markers, hot glue

 diy, diy graduation decor, paper, cardstock, ribbon, chalk markers, hot glue  diy, diy graduation decor, paper, cardstock, ribbon, chalk markers, hot glue

diy, diy graduation decor, paper, cardstock, ribbon, chalk markers, hot glue

 diy, diy graduation decor, paper, cardstock, ribbon, chalk markers, hot glue

diy, diy graduation decor, paper, cardstock, ribbon, chalk markers, hot glue

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