Graduation season is here and with two parties happening in the next month I wanted to help my niece and nephew celebrate in style with DIY Graduation Cap Cupcake Stand and Cake Plate! Simple supplies that can be found at craft stores merge with supplies from my stash to create fun graduation cap decor pieces that showcase school pride.
How to create a DIY Graduation Cap Cupcake Stand and Cake Plate
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Here’s what you need to make a Graduation Cap Cupcake Stand:
- Americana® Acrylics by DecoArt – Lamp Black, Tuscan Red, and Bright Blue
- Americana DECOR® by DecoArt – Speciality 1″ Angle Paint Brush
- Tombow USA – Xtreme Putty
- MONO Multi Liquid Glue from Tombow
- Joy® Embroidered, self-adhesive letters and numbers – Varsity 3″ Red and White, BHS/2019; Varsity 3″ Blue and White, RVHS/2019 found at Michael’s
- Terra Cotta Pots – Cupcake Stand 10″; 8″; 6″ and 4″ (one each); Cake Plate 10″ (one); Graduation Cap Accents – 4″ (four) from the hardware store
- Wooden Squares – Cupcake Stand 12″; 10″; 8″ and 6″ (one each); Cake Plate 12″ (one); Graduation Cap Accents – 6″ (four) found at Michael’s in the artist canvas section
- Embroidery Floss – red (4 skeins); blue (1 skein); black (2 skeins)
- Buttons – black 1″ (5); red 1″ (2); blue 1″ (2)
- Scissors – I love my Fiskars!
Here’s how to create a DIY Cupcake Stand:
Apply a base coat of Lamp Black on the two 10″, one 8″, one 6″ and one 4″ terra cotta pots and the two 12″, one 10″, one 8″ and one 6″ wooden squares. Base coat two 4″ terra cotta pots and two 6″ wooden squares with Tuscan Red. Base coat two 4″ terra cotta pots and two 6″ wooden squares with Bright Blue. Use the 1″ Angle Paint Brush to make quick work of the painting! Allow the paint to dry completely and then apply a second coat, if necessary.
Large Tassels: Measure and cut one (1) 24″ length and one (1) 12″ length of floss from the red and blue skeins. Thread the 24″ length through the folded end of the skeins.
Tie the 12″ length around the skein in a knot.
Wrap the ends around several times and then knot again.
Trim ends with scissors and then tuck the knot into the center of the tassel. Trim folded end that is not tied to create the tassel.
Finished tassels are so easy and cost effective!
To Create Small Tassels: Measure and cut one (2) 24″ lengths and one (1) 12″ length of floss from the each of the two black skeins. Thread the two 24″ length through the two folded ends of the skeins. Tie the two 12″ length around the skeins in a knot. Wrap the ends around several times and then knot again. Trim ends with scissors and then tuck the knot into the center of the tassel. Then cut the skeins in half to create two tassels from each skein.
Apply the embroidered letters by peeling off the backing paper and applying directly to the base of the painted terra cotta pot. I placed the school initials on one side and year on the other side of the two 10″ pots.
Attach the red and blue tassels to the center of each Lamp Black painted wooden squares with a Tombow Xtreme Putty and then place a black button on top. Adhere the black tassels to the center of the Tuscan Red and Bright Blue painted wooden squares with a Tombow Xtreme Putty and then place a coordinating red or blue button on top. These tabs are moldable and super strong, but are not permanent. So, you can take the cupcake stand apart for storage!
Cupcake Stand: To assemble the DIY Graduation Cap Cupcake Stand stack the terra cotta pots and wooden squares on top of each other using Tombow Xtreme Putty to secure the layers from largest to smallest. Trim the tassels, if necessary.
Create a DIY Graduation Cap Cupcake Stand and Party Decorations
Cake Plate: To assemble the cake plate stack the wooden square on top of the terra-cotta pot using Tombow Xtreme Putty. Trim the tassel, if necessary.
Small Graduation Cap Accents: To assemble the small graduation cap accents attach the wooden squares to the top of the terra cotta pots with Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue. Allow the glue to dry at least 2 hours and then trim the tassels, if necessary.
Switch up the colors and school initials to create a design that is custom to your graduate! I hope that you have enjoyed my tutorial to create a DIY Graduation Cap Cupcake Stand and Cake Plate and you will use my project as inspiration to make something TODAY!
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