Create a pair of Clay Pot Graduation Caps with a few supplies from Dollar Tree. Graduation from high school or college is a life-changing celebration. Make it extra special with easy decorations that look just like a mortar board or graduation cap, complete with a tassel. A free pattern is included below to make this project in about 30 minutes.
Clay Pot Graduation Caps Party Decor
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What do you Need to Make Clay Pot Grad Caps?
- Clay Pots, 3.5” – Dollar Tree
- Kunin Classic Felt 9″ by 12″ Craft Cut – Black
- Anchor Embroidery Floss Skein – Yellow
- Button, Black – Dollar Tree
- Glue Gun and Glue Sticks – Dollar Tree
- Americana Acrylic Paint DecoArt – Lamp Black
- DecoArt Basecoat Paintbrush Set
- Scissors – I love my Fiskars!
- White Chalk Pencil
- Recycled Cardboard Box (think crackers or cereal)
- CLAY POT GRADUATION CAP PATTERN – download below ⇓
How do you Create a Mortar Board from a Clay Pot?
To begin the Graduation Cap Clay Pot DIY, gather all supplies. Remove the labels and packaging from the supplies. Basecoat the terra cotta flower pots with Lamp Black acrylic paint. Let dry, and apply a second coat, if necessary. You can also paint the inside of the pots if you prefer. I love Americana Acrylics from DecoArt because they have one-coat coverage on most surfaces.
After removing the labels, measure and cut four (4) lengths that are 12″ long each. Open the center of the skein of floss so that it looks like an oval. Tie and knot one of the embroidery floss lengths through and around both of the natural curves at the ends of the skein. I have used the traditional black and yellow for this mortar board, but be creative and use your graduate's school colors. I love using Anchor Embroidery Floss from Coats and Clark.
Tie another 12″length approximately .75 inches down from the top knot, and knot around the embroidery floss around the skein. Wrap each end around the skein three (3) times, in opposite directions. Wrap one to the left and one to the right. Secure again with a knot. Repeat on the opposite end of the embroidery floss skein.
Cut any long ends of the wrapped and knotted embroidery floss with scissors. Carefully measure and cut the skein of embroidery floss in half at the three-inch mark with scissors. Secure the knots with a small dot of glue from the glue gun.
Download and print the Graduation Cap Pattern below ⇓ then cut out the pattern with scissors. Trace onto recycled cardboard twice with a pencil, then cut out with scissors. Trace onto black Kunin Classic Felt twice with a white chalk pencil, and then cut out with scissors. You can also measure and cut a 4.5″ by 4.5″ square from the black felt, or create a square one inch larger than the size of your clay pots.
Attach the black Kunin Classic Felt squares to the top of the cardboard squares with a glue gun and glue sticks. Flip the felt and cardboard squares upside down and glue them to the bottom of the clay pots. You could use black craft foam or black cardstock if that is what you have on hand. TIP: You can use liquid craft glue for this project, but you will have to wait for it to dry.
Flip the clay pot back over and lay the tassel out on top of the grad cap so it dangles over the edge. Trim the tassel hanger with scissors and attach it to the center of the grad cap square with a glue gun and glue sticks. To finish, glue a small black button on top of the tassel hanger to cover the cut end.
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