Grad Party Decor

Grad Party Decor

Crafting Time:
  • Varies
Skill Level:
  • Intermediate
Project Courtesy of: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
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Graduation Medallions


  • Assorted sheets of 12" x 12" colored paper - 2 sheets of each color
  • Circle paper punch (Fiskars®)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors


    LARGE medallion:
  1. Take each sheet of the same color of paper and make a 1/2" fold along one side.
  2. Flip the paper over and make another fold 1/2" in width. Repeat step 1-2 until the piece of paper has been folded like a fan.
  3. Repeat this process with another sheet of paper so that 2 sheets have been folded.
  4. Take each folded piece of paper and fold it in half with ends together.
  5. Glue the two folded pieces of paper at the centerfold.
  6. Glue one sheet to the other at the ends of the folds to create a medallion.
  7. Once the medallion is completed, cover the center with a circle of paper, using the paper punch. Attach to the center to give it a finished look.

SMALL medallion:
  1. Cut the 12" x 12" pieces of paper into 6" x 6" squares.
  2. Repeat the steps 2-8.

Graduation Paper Vase Centerpiece


  • Sheet of white cardstock or poster board 14" x 18"
  • Assorted colors of paper stock (colors of choice)
  • Package of Craftwood® dowel rods 3/16" x 12"
  • Glue stick
  • X-Acto® knife
  • Cutting surface
  • Roll of double stick tape
  • Roll of tape
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Graduation sticker, embellishments: (me & my Big ideas®, Jolees®)
  • Crinkle paper strips to fill vase


  1. Cut the white cardstock or poster board to the size of 8" x 17".
  2. VASE-Using your x-acto knife and ruler, lightly score the cardstock every 4" on the 8" side. Make 4 score lines across the 17" width, leaving a 1" section at the end. This is where the container will be glued shut.
  3. Lightly fold the cardstock on the score line to make a neat fold line.
  4. Lay the cardstock flat on a surface in front of you.
  5. Using assorted paper stock colors, cut out strips of paper to cover the sides of the flat piece of cardstock. Glue the paper in place with the glue stick.
  6. You can overlap colors and you might need to cut out two pieces of the same paper stock in one stripe to cover the 16” width of the vase.
  7. You can also use decorative tapes as well to make the strips around the vase.
  8. Once you have finished covering the flat piece of cardstock you are now ready to make the base.
  9. BASE-Using the leftover cardstock, cut a 6" square. With the X-Acto® knife, score all sides of the square 1” in from the edge. Where the lines intersect at the corners, cut out the corners. Fold the base on the score lines. Tape the side together with tape and set aside.
  10. Now you are ready to assemble the vase. Wrap the sidepiece around the base and glue at the closing seam. Hold in place until the glue has set.
  11. FLAGS- Using your x-acto knife and ruler, cut strips of paper stock that are 6" x 2".
  12. On one end of each strip of paper cut a V at a 45º angle. You will make 2 cuts on the short side.
  13. On the other short end, place a piece of tape 1" in from the edge on the backside.
  14. Lay the dowel rod on the piece of tape. Roll the edge over the dowel rod towards the center of the piece of paper. This is the base of the flag. It can be embellished it with strips of coordinating paper or graduation embellishments.
  15. Continue to make more flags using different papers and embellishments to create interest. Make a total of 12-15 flags.
  16. Fill paper vase with raffia or crinkle paper strips to help hold flags in place.

Silver Numbers


  • Package of gold glitter numbers on sticks
  • Can of spray paint


  1. Lay the numbers of your choice on a piece of scrap paper.
  2. Spray paint the numbers silver, including the wooden sticks as well.
  3. All them to dry before use.

Congrats Grad Paper Banner


  • Different sheets of paper stock 5-1/2" x 8" (8)
  • Coordinating ribbon 1/4" wide and about 6' in length
  • X-Acto® knife
  • Package of adhesive letters 2-1/2" tall
  • Cutting surface
  • Roll of tape
  • Pencil
  • Ruler


  1. Cut each piece of paper to be 5-1/2" x 8" if they are not already that size.
  2. On one short end of each piece of paper, cut in from the ends towards the middle on a 45º angle to create the flag look.
  3. On each piece of paper on the short side, using X-Acto® knife and ruler, lightly score a line across the width of the paper 1" from the top.
  4. Fold the paper on the score. Flip the piece over and tape the fold in place.
  5. Do this for each of the 8 pieces of paper.
  6. Lay out the pieces of paper in the order they will appear in the banner.
  7. Place the letters in the center on the individual pieces of paper. It is helpful to use the X-Acto® knife to place the letter precisely. Rub the letter down once it is in place.
  8. Do this with each letter and flag.
  9. Thread the ribbon through the flags, leaving a 2' tail on each end for tying the banner in place.