DIY Ideas to Customize a Graduation Party

Graduation parties are big milestone celebrations honoring a hardworking grad. Typically, they’re also casual family parties during warmer summer months. An easy and fun way to customize a graduation party outdoors is with some creative DIY party ideas.

We’ve rounded up our favorite craft projects for graduation celebrations that aren’t meant to be fancy or too fussy. All of these ideas are inexpensive, easy enough for the most amateur crafter and a fun way to add some personalization to the party.


  • Chic DIY Chalkboard and Book Flower Centerpieces

    They’ve hit the books for years, so why not turn old pages into new, chic centerpieces? Paired with a chalkboard vase, these DIY paper flowers are the perfect centerpiece for the graduation party tables.

  • Easy & Inexpensive DIY Favor Ideas

    Use up all those book pages and craft matching graduation party favors for all your guests. All you need for this DIY idea is some ribbon and leftover paper towel tubes!

  • DIY Grad Backdrop Decoration

    Dessert tables, buffets and bars are all really trendy party ideas at the moment – especially for casual affairs guests can feed themselves at. Create a fun, colorful and grad themed backdrop decoration with a bit of ribbon, paper and 3D grad cap stickers using this simple tutorial.

  • DIY Photo Decor

    Personalizing a party doesn’t get any easier than when you display photos! Get some shots of the grad through the years and display them a bit more creatively on mini clipboards. Check out the how to on making it special.

  • DIY Grad Cupcake Toppers

    Cupcakes can be simple, topped only with some crafty DIY toppers to get dressed special for a graduation party. These cupcake toppers are great to customize with your grad’s school colors.

  • DIY Waterproof Banner

    Banners are an easy way to add color and festivity to an outdoor party space. Keep things waterproof from those occasional and unpredictable summer showers with this nifty banner idea.

  • Chalkboard Serving Trays

    If you’re already using chalkboard paint for that centerpiece, use what you have leftover to paint old serving trays and you’ll have an instantly fun way to serve food and drink that's school themed. Aside from being fun and easy to customize, these party ideas are also functional!

  • Good Luck, Grad!

    Print out some customized blank notes for guests to write in their well-wishes for the grad and have them all drop the notes into a big mason jar for the graduate to read later on.

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