Graduation Party Decor

Graduation Party Decor

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


GRAD Paper vase centerpiece


  • 1- Sheet of white cardstock or poster board 14” x 18”
  • Assorted colors of paper stock (colors of your choice)
  • 1- Package of Craftwood dowel rods 3/16” x 12”
  • Glue stick
  • X-acto knife
  • Cutting surface
  • 1- Roll of double stick tape
  • 1- 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.  You will make 4 score lines across the 17” width leaving a 1” section at the end.  This is where you will glue the container 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 your 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 your 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 your 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”x2”.
  12. On one end of each strip of paper cut a V at a 45-degree 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 you base of the flag.  You can embellish it with strips of coordinating paper or graduation embellishments.
  15. Continue to make more flags using different papers and embellishments to create interest. 
  16. ake a total of 12-15 flags.
  17. Fill paper vase with raffia or crinkle paper strips to help hold flags in place.



  • Assorted sheets of 12”x12” colored paper - 2 sheets of each color
  • Circle paper punch (Fiskars)
  • 1- Hot glue gun
  • Scissors


To make a LARGE medallion-

  1. Take each sheet of the same color of paper and make a ½”fold along one side.
  2. Flip the paper over and make another fold ½” in width.  Repeat step 1-2 until you have completed folded the piece of paper like a fan.
  3. Repeat this process with another sheet of paper so that you have 2 sheets that are 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 your medallion.
  7. Once the medallion is completed, cover the center with a circle of paper using the paper punch and then attach to the center to give it a finished look.

To make a SMALL medallion. 

  1. Cut the 12”x12” pieces of paper into 6”x6” squares.
  2. Repeat the steps 2-8.

Silver numbers


  • 1- Package of gold glitter numbers on sticks
  • 1 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. Let them dry before use.