Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Where's Waldo? {or reasons to decorate your grad cap}

This is what my graduation will look like this Saturday. Yup, I get to walk into Reser Stadium, among countless others, sit, stand, receive my diploma without my name even being called. And friends and family are coming to witness this..... or try to. 

I debated long and hard about decorating my cap. I didn't for high school, and I was really considering against it again. 
Until I talked to my professor. She explained that decorating a cap is a nice way for your friends and family to find you in the crowd of black. Good point.

So my new decision was how. How on earth was I going to decorate my cap. In a way that both reflected my personal style, and that I wouldn't cringe at later on in life when I reminisce over pictures. My plan?

Keep it simple, sweetie.

Yup, that is my plan, and let me show you how I interpreted it:

Oh yeah, did I mention that my college {Health and Human Sciences} has pink tassels for its "school color"? Yes, yes it does!

I wanted something that wasn't necessarily permanent, so this is actually scrapbook paper. I found this awesome paper a couple years ago at either Michaels or Creative Crafts, a local Corvallis craft store. It is already a cut design, letting the black cap show through, to create an awesome black and white top! The paper was a 12x12, so I simply used a pencil to follow the curves so it fit inside the cap's perimeter, and cut away. It was handy as well, because I was able to center a part of the cut part right over the tassel button, so no extra cutting was needed there! 

After doing this, I decided the cap needed just a little something to pull the look together. So I pulled out ribbon that I was originally going to use for my graduation announcements {and later decided against}, and used it as a border. This I also got at Creative Crafts. This little ribbon shows off my school colors {Powered by Orange!} while matching nicely with the vividness of the pink tassel. Both the ribbon and paper were attached with double stick tape, but I must admit glue dots would be MUCH easier. Unfortunately I did not have any on hand right then, and I am an impatient artist. 

Now my family can find me among the masses with their zoom lens cameras and binoculars!

What do you think? What did or will you do for a graduation cap?

1 comment:

  1. This was really helpful, I will be graduating from OSU this year and wanted to find a design that wasn't over the top or awkward to look back on yet I wanted something that would help me stand out! Thanks :)