DIY: Graduation Party Ideas

Congrats, seniors! You made it. With graduation in the not so distant future and parties being planned to celebrate our accomplishments, here are some ideas for things you could have at your special event:

Party Poppers-  

  • Decorative paper or markers
  • Tissue paper (to cap the confetti popper)
  • Straw or some sort of stick for popper
  • Empty toilet paper rolls, 2 rolls per popper
  • Bottle top that fits in the TP roll
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  1. Cut a slit into the toilet paper roll and set aside. Take the bottle cap and add a small amount of glue to the cap to hold the straw/stick.
  2. Take the roll with a slit and glue the bottle cap to it. Adjust the roll to cap size, make sure it is fitted and there is no empty space between cap and roll. Then, fit other roll into the roll with straw, (this should feel snug with no space to make sure it fits).
  3. Now decorating time! You can use tape or glue to decorate the normal roll. Decorative tape can be used and markers, personalize it, add pictures of yours or whatever else you may like. Add the tissue paper to the top.
  4. Now for confetti! You can cut little squares from construction paper or buy confetti. When all set, pour some into tube and place the tube with the straw/stick at the end and flip it where stick is at bottom.
  5. Now to pop poppers, push the straw upward in a fast motion where confetti is shot up. Make sure to break tissue with cap when doing this motion and enjoy!

Photo Collage-  

  • Cardboard letters/numbers (Sold in craft stores or cut letters yourself from poster board)
  • Modge Podge
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Rubber Cement
  • Plaid Mod Podge for Paper in MatteScissors
  • Photos
  • 2 Craft Brush
  1. Decide on whether you want poster letters or numbers (Ex: 2018, Grad, your name, etc.). Gather some of your favorite pictures of growing up or favorite memories. Cut them out and arrange on cardboard cutouts. Make sure that they fit on letters, trim if needed. Once set and adjusted, use craft brush and place Elmer’s craft bond rubber cement evenly throughout pictures.
  2. Use mod podge and apply all over the pictures. If needed, add a second layer. Make sure there are no creases in the pictures and let dry. Add your own sense of style to it. Decorate it with glitter or etc. Make sure the mod podge is dry before decorating though.

Edible Graduation Cap-    

  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 10.5 ounces Jet Puffed mini marshmallows
  • 6 ounces Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Chips (1 cup)
  • 6 cups Kellogg’s Cocoa Krispies cereal
  • 6 ounces (1 cup) Ghirardelli Dark Melting Wafers (or candy melts)
  • 1 Twizzlers Pull and Peel
  • 1 Tootsie Roll
  • 1 large mixing bowl
  • 3 cup round bowl
  • 8×8 inch baking pan
  • Non-stick tin foil
  1. Prep bowl and pan with tin foil. Next, in a large bowl place the butter and marshmallows and place in microwave for a minute. In 30 seconds, take out of microwave and stir then place back in microwave. After a minute, the marshmallows should be melted, if not place back in 30 seconds.
  2. Stir in Cocoa Krispies cereal. Place into bowl and even it out. Set aside. With remaining cocoa krispies, place it into square pan evenly.
  3. After letting the moldings sit for a bit, pop them out of the molds. Place melting wafers in microwave for a minute. In 30 seconds, stir and place back into microwave. Cover the Krispie molding in the melted wafer. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  4. Now for decorating time. Use some melted wafer and place on top of bowl molding. Place the square molding on top. Then add some more to the top and place peeled twizzler (this represents the tassel). Optional: Squish a tootsie roll and place on the end of the tootsie roll on top of graduation cap. To eat, just break off bits or cut. This can be stored in fridge for a couple of days before party.

I hope everyone enjoys these ideas, and congrats again to the class of 2018!