Graduation Decorations You Can Make Yourself

Personalize your celebration with these easy-to-make ideas.


Graduation Party Lanterns

Photo by Kara’s Party Ideas

Dress up some paper lanterns to fit the theme with black cardstock, gumballs, twine, and ribbon. Then create a mortarboard from the cardstock and glue to the top of the lanterns. You can purchase lanterns in your graduate’s school colors to make it even more festive.

Photo and idea from Kara’s Party Ideas. See the how-to here.


Giant Balloon Messages

Photo by Studio DIY

If you’re decorating with balloons, personalize them with streamers or ribbon and poster board cutouts. Trace and cut out letters or numbers from the poster board and then tape to the streamers and ribbon. You can place the balloons near the buffet or drinks table at your celebration.

Photo and idea from Studio DIY. See the how-to here.


Wine Bottle Centerpiece

Photo by Vicky Barone

This festive centerpiece would be perfect for a snacks or dessert table. Take some recycled wine bottles and cover with metallic spray paint. Then cut out the graduation year from scrapbook or cardstock paper and attach to stem wire. Place them in each of the bottles and finish with ribbon.

Photo and idea from Vicky Barone. See the how-to here.


Photo-Adorned Stairs

Photo by Beautiful By Design

Showcase how far your graduate has come by decorating your staircase with photos through the years. Hang ribbons from the banisters and then cover with your pictures. If you don’t have a staircase, just hang the ribbons from a blank wall.

Photo and idea from Beautiful By Design. See the how-to here.


Graduation Cap Straw Toppers

Photo by Glitter in My Tea

Whether you’re serving cocktails or mocktails, these fun straw toppers make a cute detail. Create a mortarboard with black construction paper, cardstock, and yellow embroidery thread. The tiny cap should have a hole in the middle so you can easily slip a straw through.

Photo and idea from Glitter in My Tea. See the how-to here.


Graduation Balloon Superlatives

Photo by Mary Costa Photography

This easy idea will take you practically no time at all. Attach photo cutouts with “yearbook superlatives” for your grad’s friends to the ends of balloon ribbons. Make sure to get balloons in school colors.

DIY Project, Styling and Text created by Studio DIY on behalf of Balloon Time. Photos by Mary Costa Photography.