20 Handmade Graduation Decorations, Party Favors, and Gifts

T-shirt quilt graduation gift and graduation decorations

Set yourself up for the best party ever with these handmade graduation decorations, party favors, and gifts!

Throwing a graduation party for your favorite graduate does NOT have to involve a trip to Party City! Whether your graduate is celebrating conquering preschool or mastering their Master’s program, these handmade graduation decorations, party favors, and gifts will make their day special. Check out my list, below, and start DIYing the memories!

Handmade Graduation Gifts

T-shirt quilt graduation gift

T-shirt quilt. Did your favorite graduate collect SO many school-related T-shirts? Memorialize them in a comfy, homemade quilt! Go for a twin-sized quilt for a dorm room bed, or make a full-sized quilt or larger for a new apartment or house.

amigurumi graduation dolls. Customize these crocheted dolls with your preferred characteristics, then give them to your favorite graduate. They’re like their little avatars of success!

crocheted teddy graduate image via All About Ami

crocheted teddy graduate. This sweet graduating teddy doll is a suitable gift for any age. Preschoolers and PhD candidates will love it equally! For bonus points, customize it with your graduate’s school colors.

painted wood slice. Show off your artistic skills by hand-painting a slogan or illustration on a wood slice keepsake. You can cut the wood slice yourself, but tbh they’re better dried so feel free to buy them from a reputable source.

crocheted owl with graduation cap image via Repeat Crafter Me

crocheted owl with graduation cap. How cute would this be for a kindergarten graduate? I’m also saving this project for my future Bryn Mawr Class of 2028 graduate!

jar of wisdom and love. If you’re throwing a graduation party, this could be part of the graduation decorations AND a gift. Otherwise, ask all your favorite graduate’s favorite loved ones to contribute their advice and well-wishes. If you’ve got a little one, get started now and also collect advice from their teachers as they grow!

Handmade Party Favors and Decorations

graduation cap bottle toppers via Celebrations at Home
graduation cap bottle toppers via Celebrations at Home

graduation cap bottle toppers. At YOUR graduation party, even the sodas, beers, and water bottles are graduates! This is also a good way to keep open bottles covered during an outdoor party.

cards holder image via Snixy Kitchen

cards holder. I’m always SO afraid of losing all the cards and gift cards that guests bring to parties I host, because I’m always so distracted by the rest of the party! One trip to Goodwill and some cardstock cut-outs will ease my fears completely!

crocheted children’s graduation cap via Crafty Kitty Crochet

crocheted children’s graduation cap. Go ahead and be the hero of the entire preschool class. They’re only little once! This is also a good project to customize in the color of your child’s school.

DIY tassel image via Made with Happy

DIY tassel. My hottest graduation decorations tip? Put a tassel on EVERYTHING! I wouldn’t even worry about all the tassels matching if I got to stashbust my scrap yarn for this project.

graduation cap centerpieces via Cook and Craft Me Crazy

graduation cap centerpieces. Hit up the thrift stores instead of the Dollar Store for the components of these cute and handy centerpieces.

mini mortarboard headbands image via 30 Minute Crafts

mini mortarboard headbands. Just because your favorite graduate is all grown-up doesn’t mean that they’ve outgrown party hats!

photo collage letters image via Michelle’s Party Plan It

photo collage letters. For bonus points, DIY the letters using corrugated cardboard.

crocheted mini graduation cap via Repeat Crafter Me
crocheted mini graduation cap image via Repeat Crafter Me

crocheted mini graduation cap. These would be super cute party favors, or attach the jewelry findings to turn it into a rearview mirror dangler.

graduation cap cupcake toppers image via Oh Happy Day

graduation cap cupcake toppers. Make even the most basic cupcakes fit your theme!

crocheted graduation cap garland via Golden Lucy Crafts
crocheted graduation cap garland image via Golden Lucy Crafts

crocheted graduation cap garland. These caps are teenier and a bit more detailed than the bunting you’ll find below. Perhaps you could alternate the two kinds of caps along the same garland!

graduation cap favor boxes via Simply Designing
graduation cap favor boxes image via Simply Designing

graduation cap favor boxes. This tutorial shows you how to turn any round box into a graduation cap. If you’re lucky, you’ll find some candy or favor boxes that are already the perfect size. But if not, then DIY them!

photo wreath. It’s super simple to put together, and at least half the fun will be choosing the photos!

crochet graduation cap bunting image via Petals to Picots

crochet graduation cap bunting. This is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! To make the project go quicker, recruit your non-crocheters to make the tassels.

drink toppers image via Cater Supply Direct

DIY drink toppers. Keep everyone’s drink safe during an outdoor party with these easy-to-make mortarboard drink toppers.

P.S. For even more graduation gift ideas, check out this list of 20 go-to graduation gifts here!

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