Graduation Tablescape

Graduation Tablescape

Crafting Time:
  • 3-5 Hours
Skill Level:
  • Intermediate
Project Courtesy of: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
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Additional Information


Grad Marquee Letters


  • Colored paper
  • Scissors
  • Marquee Love collection kit
  • Glitter
  • Mod Podge®
  • Sponge brush

  1. Glitter the sides of each marquee letter by brushing a thin layer of Mod Podge® on the trim of the letters.
  2. Shake the glitter onto the wet glue, ensuring that no white space are showing and allow to dry. Two coats of glitter and Mod Podge® may be needed.
  3. Trace and cut out each letter using the letter templates that comes with the Marquee Love collection kit.
  4. Place each letter inside the corresponding marquee frame. (There is no need to glue the letter in place, which means that each letter can be reused for future projects.)
  5. Using the directions from the Marquee Love collection kit, thread the lights through the scrapbook paper so that excess cords cannot be seen.
  6. Optional crayon stand: A rectangular box is used as a base to prop up display objects such as a "grad" marquee. Embellish the sides of the box by using hot glue to secure crayons to each of the sides.

Chalkboard Photo Display


  • Scissors
  • Chalkboard
  • Copper wire
  • Wire clippers
  • Drill
  • Round beads
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • Wood plaque
  • Clothespins

  1. Using an electric drill, place 3 holes in each side of a chalkboard, making sure that the holes line up evenly with the hole on the opposite side of the chalkboard.
  2. String copper wire, cut two inches longer than the width of the chalkboard, across the chalkboard through each pair of drilled holes.
  3. Place a dot of hot glue at the end of the copper wire and string a bead to the end of the wire strand.
  4. Adhere a personalized sign or message to the top of the chalkboard by hot gluing a painted wood plaque.
  5. Using clothes pins, attach pictures or notes to the wire strands.

Graduation Caps


  • Round hatbox
  • Black paint
  • Sponge brush
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • Gold tassel
  • Small black button

  1. Paint a hat box top and bottom black and allow to dry.
  2. Hot glue the top of the hat box lid to the bottom of the hatbox, so the box will no longer open.
  3. Hot glue a foam rectangle to the top of a hat box.
  4. Secure a gold tassel to the middle of the foam square using hot glue.
  5. Camouflage the glued tassel by attaching a small black button to the tassel top with hot glue.
  6. Optional: hang finished "grad hats" to the ceiling by punching a hole into the corner of the hat and threading fishing line through the hole. Tie a not in the line and attach the other end to the ceiling using a thumb tack.

School Book Card Box


  • 3 Darice® 5.6"x7.8"x1.6" Paper Mache Books
  • Paper Mache Box
  • Paint
  • Sharpie™
  • Wood plaque
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks

  1. Paint each box and the wood plaque in various colors and allow to dry.
  2. Glue each of the boxes on top of one another, ensuring that the top box will still open.
  3. Using a sharpie, write book titles on the spine of each book.
  4. Hot glue a wood plaque, to the square box on the base of the book stack and label “Cards” with Sharpie™.

Pennant Banner


  • Pennant banner
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • Scrapbook paper (2 colors)
  • 2" circle punch
  • Sticker letters

  1. Lay pre-made pennant banner flat on the table.
  2. Using 3 pieces of cardstock per medallion, fold each piece of paper back and forth, accordion style, every 1".
  3. Glue each end of the folded medallions together to create one long strip of paper.
  4. Hot glue both ends of the medallion strip together to create a circle.
  5. Using a 2” punch, cut out a circle using a contrasting color of scrapbook paper, and glue to the center of the medallion.
  6. Place letter stickers in the center of the 2" circle.