Candy Graduation Caps

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overhead view of tops of blue and black graduation caps made from candy and craft paper

I mentioned yesterday that we have a big graduation party coming up at our house.  We’re doing everything ourselves (except maybe the cake, who doesn’t want a giant cake with their graduate’s gorgeous face on it?!).  I’d seen graduation caps on Pinterest using candy and cookies, but I wanted one with the candy remaining in the wrapper.  I want to use these candy graduation caps as decorations and favors.

overhead view of craft supplies, candy, squares of paper, strips of ribbon and sequins

My friend, J., came over to help me do several projects in preparation for the graduation party (thank you so much, J.!).  It took the 2 of us about 1 1/2 hours to make 80 or so of these little graduation caps.  It wasn’t hard work, but it was a lot more fun making them with a friend. 

Candy Graduation Caps


close up side view of candy graduation hats

I cut all the paper squares and pieces of ribbon first.  J. and I each had a glue gun so we could assemble these faster.  First glue the paper to the top of the peanut butter cup.  Next glue the ribbon to the center of the square and add a sequin to finish it off.

plate of candy graduation hats in blue and black with a few on the table

You’ll have lots of glue strings.  Just wait until the end and pull all the strings off then.

tray of stacked candy graduation hat treats

One of the party-sized bags of Reese’s cups made about 80 of these candy graduation caps.

graduation caps made from candy with black and blue tops on clear plate and blue table

Our party is outside, so if it’s not too hot that day, I’ll scatter these candy graduation hats around on the tables for decoration along with the upcycled jar party lanterns.  If it’s too hot, then I’ll hand the candies out as favors as the guests are leaving.

I’m happy with the way they turned out.  But even more, I’m happy that my daughter is happy with the way the candy graduation caps turned out. Just be warned that you have to post a 24-hour guard on your bowl of candy or family members will try to sneak just one.

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  1. Hi Susan – These could not be any cuter and so perfect for a graduation party treat. Totally pinning! Hugs, Holly

  2. I love this idea, my daugther is finishing primary school this year and I think there would make great little goodbye gifts for the kids in her class, making a little pack of these to give to each child. Glad I found this on the Creativity Unleashed party, I am pinning for later in the year. Rachel

    1. Rachel, based on the excitement over these in my house, I’m sure taht your daughter’s class would enjoy them. Have fun making them. 🙂

  3. Adorable! I was just thinking it would be fun to do some bigger ones too, how about upside down muffins or little cakes made in a muffin tin? Oh and you could also make a fun bouquet with these by simply sticking skewers into them! Thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling sunday!

  4. These candy graduation caps are so cute! What a great idea for this time of year. Thank you for hosting the link party. We so appreciate you.

    1. Thanks, Amy. They were a bit hit at my both of my daughters’ graduation parties. I’m so happy that you’re here with us at the party!

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