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50+ Easy DIY Graduation Party Ideas

Chloe Reid is a crafter and DIYer who loves decorating for the holidays. Finding a good bargain on supplies is an added bonus.

DIY graduation party decoration, party favor, and centerpiece ideas

DIY graduation party decoration, party favor, and centerpiece ideas

Graduation Party Ideas That Are so Awesome the Cap Will Toss Itself in the Air

After all those hard years of work, school is out, and graduates are overflowing with energy. Looking to their future is key, and you will want to host a special party to celebrate the occasion.

You can incorporate colors from their school sports team to customize the event. You could have the party in your yard or combine the indoors with the outdoors. There are so many themes to choose from, and you can get really creative by adding pictures of the grad to balloons throughout the years and on centerpieces. Check out these ideas to get started.

Mason jar graduation party centerpiece

Mason jar graduation party centerpiece

Graduation Party Mason Jar Centerpiece

For an awesome graduation party centerpiece idea, brighten the room with a lit mason jar.

Supplies

  • Mason jar
  • Battery-operated firefly lights
  • Black card
  • Twine

Make a graduation cap from black card stock to fit your jar and use twine to decorate it. Fill your jar with the lights, then add the cap.

Bible verse graduation party idea

Bible verse graduation party idea

Here's a cute idea for a graduation party! Set out a bible with a pen and highlighter— guests can highlight a favorite verse and write a note on the side. Write a note on a blackboard sign instructing guests what to do.

High school graduation party card box

High school graduation party card box

For a funky card box, you can recycle an old shoebox and cover it with paper. Cover three books in paper and write different subjects on them. Finally, make a graduation cap from card stock to complete the project.

College graduation themed candy bar

College graduation themed candy bar

Add an element of fun to your graduation party by using candy signs to display on your dessert table. Everyone will love the cleverness of these signs, and you can include candies to match the signs. For example, put gummy worms in the jar that says "bookworms" and mini Kit Kats in the jar that says "study breaks."

Kiss school goodbye

Kiss school goodbye

Life gets real after graduation

Life gets real after graduation

Graduation goodie bag

Graduation goodie bag

Nail polish graduation goodies

Nail polish graduation goodies

Grad night popcorn

Grad night popcorn

Tux cake pops

Tux cake pops

Tux cookies

Tux cookies

Tux water bottles

Tux water bottles

A jar of goodies for grads

A jar of goodies for grads

Graduation cap treats

Graduation cap treats

Mini bottles for grads

Mini bottles for grads

Rolo diplomas

Rolo diplomas

Reach for the Star(burst)

Reach for the Star(burst)

Framed graduation memories

Framed graduation memories

A clever thank-you note option

A clever thank-you note option

Graduation cap lollipops

Graduation cap lollipops

Candies with a graduation cap top

Candies with a graduation cap top

Cap and gown bottle

Cap and gown bottle

Graduation bottle

Graduation bottle

Personalized graduation gift idea

Personalized graduation gift idea

Graduation jelly beans

Graduation jelly beans

Chocolatey graduation cap

Chocolatey graduation cap

Classy class-of boxes

Classy class-of boxes

Graduation money cake

Graduation money cake

Money cake for graduates

Money cake for graduates

DIY graduation lei

DIY graduation lei

Money fries

Money fries

Triple-layer money cake for grads

Triple-layer money cake for grads

Instant ramen cake for graduates

Instant ramen cake for graduates

"Friends" couch photo op

"Friends" couch photo op

Cute and classy grad photo op

Cute and classy grad photo op

Diploma cookies

Diploma cookies

"We love you to (Reece's) pieces"

"We love you to (Reece's) pieces"

School pride graduation cups

School pride graduation cups

Cute grad candles

Cute grad candles

Festive graduation boxes

Festive graduation boxes

School colors congratulatory container

School colors congratulatory container

Simple graduation cap design

Simple graduation cap design

Simple and cute graduation display

Simple and cute graduation display

Graduation cap champagne flutes

Graduation cap champagne flutes

Balloon photo op

Balloon photo op

Personalized graduation display

Personalized graduation display

Elegant fruit display

Elegant fruit display

Graduation flower display

Graduation flower display

Decorative Mason jars

Decorative Mason jars

"Smartie pants" candy display

"Smartie pants" candy display

Festive, elegant graduation jar

Festive, elegant graduation jar

Punny candy collection

Punny candy collection

Graduation balloons

Graduation balloons

Soft and simple graduation balloons

Soft and simple graduation balloons

Classy and festive curtains

Classy and festive curtains

Elegant celebratory veil

Elegant celebratory veil

Box of mini candy bars

Box of mini candy bars

Graduation party favors

Graduation party favors

Giant graduation year balloon setup

Giant graduation year balloon setup

Need Music for Your Graduation Party?

  • 72 Songs for a Graduation Playlist
    Customize a commencement playlist using these rock, pop, R&B, and country favorites. Choose from songs that uplift and encourage, reflective graduation songs, and bittersweet songs that say goodbye.
  • 106 Best Graduation Songs That Celebrate the Moment
    Graduate, you've worked hard for that diploma, so celebrate commencement with a graduation playlist of pop, rock, and country songs that honor your achievements, your friendships, and the excitement of your future!