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20 Clever DIY Graduation Party Ideas

Save yourself time and money with these DIY graduation party ideas. All of them are so unique and beautiful that they rival anything you can buy at the store.

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20 Clever DIY Graduation Party Ideas

If you are planning a graduation party, then a great way to save some money is to make some of your own decorations. Graduation party decorations can get expensive, so making your own could easily save you depending on the cost of your supplies.

If you are looking for some great DIY graduation ideas for your party, you won’t want to miss this list! These could work for either a high school or college graduation party, and you could even save a few of these to use for their siblings! Here are 20 DIY graduation party ideas to make.

#1 Candy Bouquet Centerpiece

Make a centerpiece that your graduate will love to keep. This candy bouquet takes only minutes to arrange. Not everyone likes flowers, why not fill up a bouquet with candy bars instead?

Candy Bouquet Centerpiece

DIY cand bouquet

#2 Instagram Printable

Another way to memorialize the party is to create a unique hashtag for it and ask the guests to use the hashtag. Your graduate will have lots of fun going back over the pics everyone took! This printable is a fun way to display the hashtag so everyone can use it.

Instagram Printable

This Instagram Hashtag Graduation Party Sign is perfect for creating a party hashtag! See all the photo moments on Instagram when guest use the party hashtag.

#3 Printable Thank You Cards

Thank you cards are really important. This free graduation thank you card lets you add your own photo of the graduate. To the right of the photo is a place for the class year and graduate’s name. All text can be customized and if you can print it out or send it as an e-card.

Free Printable Thank You Cards

Thank you cards are really important. This free graduation thank you card lets you add your own photo of the graduate. To the right of the photo is a place for the class year and graduate's name. All text can be customized.

#4 Graduation Hat Cake Plate

Display your graduation cake on this on-them cake plate. It’s super simple and adds the perfect touch to the dessert table.

Graduation Hat Cake Plate

Display your graduation cake on this on-them cake plate. It's super simple and adds the perfect touch to the dessert table.

#5 Graduation Cap Favors

If you know how to cut paper and glue things together, then you can make these simple party favors. They are cute and everyone loves chocolate!

Candy Graduation Cap Favors

If you know how to cut paper and glue things together, then you can make these simple party favors.

#6 Floating Photo Centerpiece

There are going to be pictures of your graduate all over the party area, so make the photo displays fun. Instead of just lots of frames, create a floating centerpiece. This idea is really neat!

Floating Photo Centerpiece

There are going to be pictures of your graduate all over the party area, so make the photo displays fun. Instead of just lots of frames, create a floating centerpiece.

#7 Graduation Cap Gift Boxes

If you know family and friends that are going to be giving money, share this tutorial with them. It’s such a cute way to give cash!

Graduation Cap Gift Boxes

If you know family and friends that are going to be giving money, share this tutorial with them. It's such a cute way to give cash!

#8 Pom Pom Fan Backdrop

Every good party needs an attention-grabbing wall. You can place this behind the dessert table or use it as a backdrop for Instagram pictures.

Pom Pom Fan Backdrop

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Every good party needs an attention-grabbing wall. You can place this behind the dessert table or use it as a backdrop for Instagram pictures.

#9 DIY Card Box

This is another unique way to display pictures of your graduate. It’s also an effective way to collect all the cards they are going to get at the party from family and friends.

Graduation Frame Card Box

Easy DIY Graduation Photo Frame Card Box made from picture frames with a card slot on top.

#10 Pom Pom Tassel Garland

Sure, streamers are cool, but this tassel garland is bright and fun! I love all the textures it gives the room and it can later be used to decorate the dorm room. Plus, you can reuse it at other parties.

Pom Pom Tassel Garland

#11 DIY Party Favors

These DIY graduation party favors have classic black and gold colors. They look gorgeous in their monochromatic glory. You’ll need to get some black gumballs for them and follow the easy instructions to make the grad hats.

DIY Graduation Party Favors

These graduation party favors have classic black and gold colors. They look gorgeous in their monochromatic glory. You'll need to get some black gumballs for them and follow the easy instructions to make the grad hats.

 

#12 Memory Jar

Set this out and ask guests to fill out their favorite memories of your graduate. This is a special way to share how much they are loved.

Memory Jar

A jar that says "Words of Wisdom" Set this out and ask guests to fill out their favorite memories of your graduate. This is a special way to share how much they are loved.

#13 Graduation Lei

Use their school’s colors in this easy lei. You’ll have to know how to crochet to make it. If you can’t crochet, it’s pretty easy to learn, there are lots of YouTube videos with tutorials.

Graduation Lei

A crocheted graduation lei is one of many gradation lei DIY options popular with family and friends of the graduate.

#14 Beverage Station

If the party is outside, set up this rustic and fun beverage station. It has everything your guests need all in one place.

Beverage Station

Diy outside beverage station made of galvanized buckets and galvanized pipe.

#15 Giant Diploma

A giant diploma filled with little gifts is the most fun way to give a gift to your graduate! It looks cute, it’s fun to unwrap, and you can fill it with so many fun things.

Giant Diploma

A giant diploma filled with little gifts is the most fun way to give a gift to your graduate! It looks cute, it's fun to unwrap, and you can fill it with so many fun things.

#16 Chalkboard Tassel

This is a beautiful way to display their tassel. Even after the party, they can hang this up in their room to commemorate their graduation.

Chalkboard Tassel

This is a beautiful way to display their tassel. Even after the party, they can hang this up in their room to commemorate their graduation.

#17 DIY Foam Party Decor

Proudly display the grad’s graduation year with these giant DIY foam numbers. You can make them any color you want and use them to decorate the food table or dessert table…they are perfect to decorate just about anywhere!

Graduation Centerpiece

Proudly display the grad's graduation year with these giant DIY foam numbers. Paint in any color, fill glass bottles with decorative glass beads and place the large number on sticks in the bottles.

#18 Champagne Glass Party Favor

These champagne glasses are filled with candy and topped with a little graduation cap. They are cute! And you can make them even better by using glasses with the logo of your graduate’s upcoming college.

Champagne Glass Party Favor

These champagne glasses are filled with candy and topped with a little graduation cap. They are cute! And you can make them even better by using glasses with the logo of your graduate's upcoming college.

#19 Metal Card Box With Letter Supplies

Have guests tuck their cards signed with best wishes and congratulations to the new graduate into the slot as they arrive. It’s cute and really easy to customize too with the school colors.

Graduation Card Box

Short on time? Purchase a Graduation party card box here.

Graduation cap DIY grad party box with tassel.

#20 Advice Tree

Finally, this is a simple centerpiece that is also a fun activity for people during the party. Set out papers and let people leave their best advice for the graduate.

Advice tree

This is a simple centerpiece that is also a fun activity for people during the party. Set out papers and let people leave their best advice for the graduate.

 

Graduation Party Ideas Make Your Party Unforgettable

A graduation party can be as simple or as detailed as you make it. Remember, it’s all about your graduate. So take their opinions into account as you plan the party.

 

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A colorful print banner with Graduation Party Guide text to plan the perfect graduation party!

 

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Hi, I’m Susan! Thanks for stopping by Oh My! Creative. I like to have fun, make fun things…you know, create stuff! I love DIY, decorating and design and like any girl…shopping and lunch!
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