Are you looking for graduation party decorating ideas? My daughter recently graduated from high school, and our church threw a party for all of the graduates. I was in charge of decorations, so off to the craft store I went!
I’m also sharing some graduation cake ideas, and party food ideas. (Cake, my favorite!)
Here is the main centerpiece for the graduation party . I know it looks a little difficult, but I promise it is easy. Everything was purchased on sale. The total cost was around $20.
- square chipboard
- gold glitter
- wood numbers representing the graduating year
- two cardboard books – different sizes
- acrylic paint – Burnt Umber, Soft Black, Red, and Off-White
- white paint pen
- hot glue and Elmer’s glue
The first thing you want to do is paint your square chipboard using an off-white acrylic paint color. Give your chipboard two coats. Let dry completely.
Once your chipboard is completely dry, you can antique it with the color Burnt Umber. Whenever I do a paint project, I love to add texture and depth. This is done by antiquing something you have painted, or adding different tones of the same color.
How to Antique:
Pour out a little of the paint onto a plate. Add a few drops of water to make the paint very thin. Wet a paper towel slightly. Next, dip your brush into the paint, and brush over a section of the chipboard. Then take your paper towel and gently wipe the paint off. It is that easy!
Time to paint the books. Paint the pages of the book with off-white, and paint one of the books with soft black, and the other with red.
Here is the red book after it has been antiqued. It really makes the book look real!
Grab your white paint pen and write the word English on the red book, and Math on the black book. Write in all capital letters. Don’t worry about being perfect, I have a little trick that will make your letters look fabulous!
Making Printing Letters Look Fabulous!
Tip: Make a straight line where the sections of the letters end. It makes all your letters looks straighter. Easy idea that makes a big difference.
Now it is time to glitter your numbers. I brush on Elmers glue, then sprinkle on the glitter.
Now, all you have to do is hot glue the tassels onto the books, and hot glue everything else onto your chipboard!
More Graduation Party Decorating Ideas
I needed several table centerpieces for our graduation party. These were easy to make, and very inexpensive. Each centerpiece cost me $5!
I found the glass milk bottles at the craft store half-off for $2.00 each.
My favorite flowers to use in live arrangements are called Alstroemeria. They are inexpensive and last a long time. This whole bunch cost me $7.99.
I purchased chalk labels and a chalk pen to make these tags on each bottle.
Another cool idea is to purchase a cheap chalkboard and place it on an easel! Don’t forget to use my letter technique to make your printing neat!
Graduation Cake Ideas
Take a good photo of your graduate and have it put on a cake. I loved the way this cake turned out. The blonde is my munchkin. We kinda look alike!
This graduation cake was made by Erin of The Three Little Blackbirds.com. She makes fabulous cakes, and has great tutorials and recipes. Stop by and say hello!
Two Fun Graduation Party Food Ideas
Yummy Ho Ho Diplomas
Use ribbon in the schools colors and wrap around each Ho Ho. What a fantastic idea.
This is a photo I saw on Pinterest. I would love to give credit where credit is due, so if this is your creation, please let me know!
This is simple and easy! Use small Reeses cups for the base and Lindt or Ghirardelli squares for the top. Then purchase a small tube of red icing for the tassel. One of my friends made these for the party. They are so cute!
I hope these graduation party decorating ideas help to make your party turn out fantastic! Ours was a ton of fun! This graduation party was for my last chick leaving the nest. I may have cried a little. Okay, maybe more than a little.
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