Filled with chocolate candies and made with lots of love, these graduation hat party favors are sure to be a hit. They are simple to make and you can embellish each of them as much (or as little as you want.)
46 days and counting until my son graduates from high school! My house has turned into grad party planning central lately 🙂 My latest creation is these adorable graduation hat candy favors. They are a small plastic wine glass filled with chocolates in my son’s school color topped with a paper graduation cap that is complete with a mini tassel. Super cute and fun to make too!
I got the small plastic wine glasses to make these grad party favors at my local Dollar Store. They came in a pack of 6. You can also get find them in larger quantities on Amazon. As for the candy, most party supply stores will have chocolate M&M-like candy in single color packs.
Supplies Needed to make these Graduation Hat Party Favors
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Supplies and tools that you will also need to make these grad party favors that you probably already have on hand:
- Paper Trimmer
- Black Cardstock
- Adhesive (I recommend a Fast Fuse tape runner and Tombow Mono Adhesive)
- Paper piercing tool (or a needle)
- Needle threader (optional, but helpful)
- Baker’s Twine
- 1/4 inch ribbon
- Personal Die cut machine (if using die-cut letters instead of letter stickers)
Graduation Cap Favors Tutorial
Cut a piece of Basic Black cardstock into a strip measuring 9.5″ by 1.5″.
Cut a piece of Basic Black cardstock into a square measuring 3.5″ by 3.5″
Score the black strip at 1″. I used a scoring board in the picture, but there are paper trimmers that have a scoring blade built in that you can use as well.
Use a 1″ square paper punch to punch out tabs. I lined up the top of the square with the score line and then punched. This will cut out rectangles. Move the punch over about an inch and punch again. Repeat this on down the strip. This will form the tabs that you will use to stick the mortar board to your hat base.
Add adhesive to one of the ends of the strip. (Use an extra strong permanent adhesive tape runner for this one, because you want a strong bond so it doesn’t come undone.) Using the wine glass as your guide, form the band into a circle to make the graduation hat base. Press in on the seam to seal well then remove the band from the wine glass.
Fold down the tabs inward the score line. Add adhesive to each of the tabs.
Turn the hat base over and stick it to the middle of the black square that is going to be the mortar board.
To make these graduation hat party favors more realistic, they need a tassel! I made my tassel from baker’s twine but you could also use embroidery floss. Just be sure to use one of your school colors. I used the YouTube video embedded below to learn how to make the tassel. It’s pretty easy – it basically just involves winding your floss around a piece of cardboard.
After you have made your tassel, use a large needle or paper piercing tool to carefully poke a hole in the center of your cap.
Use a flexible needle threader to pull the tassel hanger strands through the hole. Use tape to secure the tassel strands in place on the inside of the cap.
Color one of the epoxy circle stickers with a black Sharpie.
Stick to the center of the graduation hat, covering the hole where you inserted the tassel hanger. Put your cap onto your wine glass.
Using the Numbers Die Set of your choice, cut out the numbers for the graduation year from gold glitter paper using your die cut machine. Glue the numbers to the hat base, referring to the picture for placement. To finish up these graduation cap candy favors, just cut a 12 inch length of coordinating ribbon and tie around the stem of the wine glass.
And you are done! These graduation hat favors would be great to leave at each place setting on the table for a decorative touch or you could have them all together on a table so guests could grab one as they are leaving.
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For more ideas like these graduation cap party favors, be sure to check out the rest of my Graduation tutorials.
If you make any of these graduation hat party favors, you will have to be sure to come back here and let me know how they turned out.