Friday, June 19, 2015

How I Decorated My Graduation Cap | DIY

I am a High School Graduate!!!  It's still a very crazy concept for me!  However I'm going to backstop and show you how, like many others, I decorated my graduation cap for the big day.

I started by searching Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumblr for inspiration.

This is the one I ended up choosing.  It's themed as the Marauder's Map from Harry Potter. 
 Next I found some things from online that I wanted to use as footprints and castles (I decided I wanted it to look like I was walking from one "castle" aka school to another.  Like High School to College.)
I used this to trace because I liked the font.

I used this as a way to trace footprints and the banner to write my name in.  When you print it out the foot prints don't move, obviously.

I used this castle for my college because I thought it was a little fancier.

And I used this castle for my high school.

After I had everything prepared it was time to decorate!

I started with a piece of paper that was a yellowy color.  It looked like aged paper.

I found the center by drawing a line diagonally from one corner to another.  Then I did the same with the other two corners.  Where they cross over each other is the center.

I needed the center to cut out a circle for the little bump that's in the middle of the cap.

Next I took some gem stone tape and put it around the edge of the paper.  It didn't completely fit which was kind of annoying.

To redraw the writing and castles and banners and footprints I taped the paper they were all printed out on to a window in my room.  Then I put the yellowed paper over it and the sun shone through so I could use it as a stencil.  I traced it in pencil and went over it in Sharpies.

And this is the finished project!  My name is the one walking from castle to castle.  The name on the bottom is of a boy in my grade who passed away in October from cancer.  We all wrote his names on our caps and wore green ribbons as a tribute to him.

Smile!  I'll talk to you soon!xxx
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