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Easy 10 Minute Paper Gradutation Cap with Tassle (DIY)

Ok – this year has been crazy. My oldest started Kindergarten this year, and I’d be lying if I said that I was a little bummed that she wouldn’t be getting to experience any type of “end of the year” celebration of finishing Kinder and moving onto 1st grade.

This entire last 3.5 months of home schooling and keeping her focused on home work, and her extra curicular activies has definitely tested our relationship, and through it all I’m proud of what we did, and getting her through her first year of Elementary school. So is it wrong that I want to celebrate that?

I looked online for some DIY tutorials for paper caps, and some were overly complicated, and also too small. (My daughter wears a women’s small helmet for her bike…) So I make up my own pattern and wanted to share that with you!

What you need:

  1. 2 pieces of 12×12 scrapbook paper (black, or any color you like).
  2. Yarn, any color or a variety of colors.
  3. Scissors
  4. Ruler (though you really don’t need to be too exact!)
  5. Glue Stick and a Hot glue gun (forgot to add that in the pic above)
  6. and a stapler!



Take 1 of your 12×12 papers and put it aside.
Take the other 12×12 paper and fold it in half diagnoly.

Then turn it to the side so the point of the triangle is facing right.
Measure 4.5 inches from the longest side of the triangle to the point.
Then draw a straight line cutting the point off.

Save the 2 tiny triangle shapes you cut for a later step!

Unfold the shape you have left.
And cut along the folded line, creating 2 trapezoid shapes.

Lay the 2 trapezoid shapes flat with the shortest side facing up.

Then take 1 of the pieces and rotate to the shortest side is facing down.

Line up the diagonal edges.
Use your glue-stick to attach the two sides.
(This will help keep the pieces together, and give it extra hold beyond just the staples).

Then stape 3 times. (both edges and one in the center.)

Repeat the gluestick/stapling to the other end..
NOTE: This is where you’ll want to wrap it around your kiddos head to size it accordingly.

Take your 2 tiny triangles you cut off earlier. And cut out 4 rectangle shapes. (These don’t have to be the same length but try to get 3 rectanles out of 1 triangle and 1 out of the 2nd triangle).

Fold them almost in half, then glue and stape half of the shape to the base of the cap you made in step 3.

Do this to 4 sides of the circle (12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock) 🙂
It should look like this:

Take your 2nd piece of 12×12 paper and lay it flat on your table, rotated so you have a point facing you like a diamond.

Use your glue gun to add glue to the flaps you created on the base of the cap. (These are to create support and something for the top of the cap to attach to.)

Make sure to move quickly so the glue doesn’t harden before you can attach the base to the top.
Turn the base of the cap upside down and center it into the square.
Then quickly press the flaps down so it attaches to the cap top.

Take your remaining extra paper from the tiny triangles you cut and you want to cut out a circle, about 1.5 inches wide.
Use your hot glue gun to add a glue “dot” in the middle only.

You’ll want to leave the outside of the circle free of glue so your tassle can wrap around this part. Also DO NOT PRESS down on the dot, or you’ll risk pressing the glue flat, and you want the cirlce to have a little lift so it sticks up above the top of the cap a little bit. This also makes it easier to have space to add the tassle.

Place that string of yarn through the loop of your tassle then create a knot at the ends of that string.

Take the top of your cap and tie the string around the circle top you made in Step 6.

Make your tassle!
I used yarn of any color and wrapped it to be a 6″ tassle.
Use part of the yard to tie off part of the top about an inch below one of the loops.
Cut the base of the other loop so its just loose straight pieces of yarn.
Take another piece of yarn about 24″ in length, and fold it in half.

THAT’S IT! You’re all done!

You can add fun decorations to your cap if you like to make it more fun or colorful!

Be sure to share your graduation caps with me in the comments!
Or you can tag me on Instagram @oliveandapron

Here is a video for extra help 🙂

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