These Creative Graduation Cap Ideas Will Simply Blow You Away

Who knew spring semester seniors could be so innovative?

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From the moment they receive that fateful acceptance letter to college, to the day they’re gearing up for senior pictures, every freshman dreams of their graduation day.

One way to commemorate a journey of such massive academic progress, extracurricular activity, and overall exhaustion (aside from coming up with the perfect graduation outfit) is to put some time into a cool graduation cap decoration, transforming it from a basic ceremonial piece to a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

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Whether custom-made for purchase or built from scratch by the wearer herself, the following graduation cap ideas are striking and ingenious. See if you can glean some major #grad inspiration from our favorite Instagram examples below!

1. The cap that’s got it all

When the first cap is this good, you know it’s only going to get better from here on down.

2. This wanderlust sign 

Featuring a quote by American novelist Jack Kerouac, Adeline’s design truly stands out with its impeccable calligraphy.

3. This rhyming, truth-telling Dr. Seuss cap

? Oh the places you’ll go… ? A #DrSeuss themed #GradCap for @iamashleyye

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“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” 

4. This cap that tells it like it is

Paws down, I think @toshi_the_shiba’s cap is the best Shiba Inu cap I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen my share of good boy accessories.

5. This custom-made acrylic design

Anyone else start humming the song as soon as they spotted the Pinocchio lyrics?

6. This motivational masterpiece

Again, hand lettering takes the stage with you as you prepare for a world of exciting possibilities after college.

7. This cap that screams #BlackGirlMagic

Can we admire some of that extraordinary #BlackGirlMagic just by appreciating this graduation cap decoration? 

Yes, yes we can.

8. The next in a long series of travel-oriented grad caps

When travel is your ultimate passion, you just want the world to know it.

9. This appreciative and bilingual sentiment

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Sometimes, graduation caps are the best way to show your loved ones how grateful you are for their support throughout college.

(In Spanish: “Thank you for planting a seed. Thanks, mom and grandma.”)

10. This roaring 3D dinosaur cap

We have an inkling Ross would never take a break from wearing this nerdy grad cap.

11. This handwritten statement cap

When you treat your graduation cap like a canvas, beautiful things happen. This is such an example.

12. This cap that’s, quite frankly, hilarious

#ASUGradCap @tacobell will you sponsor my education?

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Self-confidence + Taco Bell = one superb grad cap.

13. This intricate DIY design

Who said pre-health majors couldn’t be creative?

14. This Belle-inspired work of art

Perfect for theater majors, English grads, or just regular Disney enthusiasts, this graduation cap inspires wanderlust and VHS nostalgia.

15. The sweetest cap you’ll ever see

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine…

16. This punny Hello Kitty drawing

Hellllooo, graduation!

17. This absolutely precious cap

Sometimes, you can say so much by writing so little.

18. This beautiful collection of makeup products

Or should we say beauty-full?

19. This brush script grad cap topper

When adventure is out there, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.

20. This work of heart

Sunflowers and daisies, check. Motivational quote, check. One of the cutest graduation caps we’ve stumbled upon? Check.

21. This girly square

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From J.K. Rowling to the graduation floor.

22. This bejeweled flower crown

We love how classy this decked out floral cap is!

23. This Little Mermaid-inspired cap

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Us too, girl. Us too.

24. This Harry Potter masterpiece

No, we’re not crying; there’s just something in our eyes!

25. This Legally Blonde number

We did it!

26. This witty B.S. grad cap

Tiptoeing the line between enlightened and just plain punny.

27. This Shakespeare illustration

The Bard would approve of this cute graduation cap idea.

28. This Instagram addict

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So true.

29. This future NYC resident

Looking at this cap, it’s no surprise that the senior who made this is starting a career as a graphic designer!

30. This Hamilton statement

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31. This pearly artwork

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We’re not sure we’d have the patience to glue 1,500 little blue balls onto one cap, but kudos to this graduate for her amazing crafting skills!

32. This puptacular piece

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In this case, honesty was the best, and most artistic, policy.

33. This catterific cap

Or, you can always go the kitty route if you prefer Tiger to Fido.

34. This glittery Kawaii craft

See if you can spot Totoro and No-Face in this eclectic mix!

35. This custom Mulan top

We’re sure this grad looked beautiful after four years of adversity — oops, we mean college!

36. This Friends cap

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So no one told you life was going to be this way…

37. This unique take on graduation

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The only thing it’s missing is the soundtrack: Pomp and Circumstance.

38. This Leslie Knope meets Mickey masterpiece

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We can’t get enough of these cute Disney-inspired caps!

39. This Spongebob Squarepants joke

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According to the maker of this grad cap, you get bonus points if you read it with the narrator’s French accent.

40. The last on our list

For our last cap, we’re reminding you to thank your mom, dad, and anyone else who’s helped you become the person you are today.

Now that you’ve been inspired by these truly spectacular grad cap decorations, why not try making your own?

Epilogue: The Grad Cap Challenge

It’s not a true College Fashion grad cap roundup without community input!

If you have a graduation cap you believe deserves an honorable mention, comment below with a picture of it so that we can admire it, too! Whether it’s your own heart’s labour or from the desk of a budding artist friend, we’re sure to think it’s the bee’s knees.

Seniors, are you excited to walk at graduation? Have you already made progress on your cap? Are you open to sharing a pic or two? 

Comment below with an image of your DIY graduation cap. We want to see how creative our very own CF readers can be!

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