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How to Decorate A Graduation Cap With Paper Flowers and Heat Transfer Vinyl

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Personalize and decorate a graduation cap with heat transfer vinyl and small paper flowers. Full step-by-step tutorial plus templates!

Graduation is such a special time to celebrate. Whether you are celebrating a high school, college, or even kindergarten graduation it can be fun to explore ideas to decorate a graduation cap. Today I am going to show you how to decorate graduation caps with paper flowers and how to apply heat transfer vinyl on a graduation cap.

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Dream big graduation cap with paper flowers in rainbow colors. heat transfer vinyl on graduation cap.

How to Decorate a Graduation Cap without ruining it

The first thing I hear when decorating a graduation cap is, how can I decorate the cap without ruining it? My best advice is to buy a super cheap one off of Amazon and do a practice run before decorating the real grad cap.

Applying Heat Transfer Vinyl On Graduation Cap (a.k.a Iron-On Vinyl)

Applying iron-on vinyl is a great way to add custom phrases to your graduation cap. In my tutorial, I used the words, Dream Big for my daughter’s kindergarten graduation.

You can easily type out your phrase in Cricut Design Space for yourself and apply heat transfer vinyl on the graduation cap. Learn how to install fonts here to customize things even more! Check out the Carolina Script font here that I used if you want to type something else in the same font.

How to decorate a graduation cap with iron-on vinyl and paper flowers

What kind of vinyl should I use on a graduation cap?

Because graduation caps are covered in fabric, iron-on vinyl (a.k.a heat transfer vinyl) is the best choice. I like to use glitter HTV personally but you can use matte or glossy iron-on as well. You will also need a weeding tool and a heat press to apply it. I used my EasyPress 2 in the video tutorial but you can also use the EasyPress 3 or EasyPress Mini.

Graduation cap decorating ideas. heat transfer vinyl on graduation cap

For additional decorations, I decided to add paper flowers to the graduation cap. I used my Comos paper flowers in bright colors to compliment the yellow cap. If you are looking for more small paper flowers to decorate your graduation cap with be sure to check out my rolled roses, buttercups, marigolds, or Ruby rose design.

Graduation cap decorating ideas with paper flowers

Decorate a Graduation Cap Wih Paper Flowers – Video Tutorial

Watch my full video below to see how and decorate a graduation cap with iron-on vinyl and paper flowers. Keep reading to view my supply list and get access to the templates that I used!

DIY Graduation Cap Supply List

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Decorating ideas for graduation caps

Download The Dream Big and Paper Flower Cricut Templates

If you would like to access all my paper flowers and the Dream Big typography SVG cut file shown in the video join my Premium Member Vault. If you are already a member just log in here and search design #514 or the keyword “graduation.”

What do you think of decorating a graduation cap? How would you dress up yours and what other graduation cap ideas do you have? Tell me in the comments!

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