By: Sara Wolf
As graduation approaches, no one wants to be scrambling to decorate their graduation cap. Yes, it would be hilarious to write, “I did this last minute like everything I did in high school,” but if that’s not the vibe you’re going for, here are a few steps you can take to make a painted masterpiece out of these ugly hats.
Matte acrylic paint (available at Walmart)
Thick and thin acrylic paint brushes
Optional: Sharpie paint pens
Cup for rinsing water
Drop sheet (old towel, sheet, newspaper, etc)
- Take your cap and put painter’s tape around all 4 edges.
- IDENTIFY the top of your cap!! Make sure you do not paint it upside down! Been there, done that.
- Set up your space before you paint by laying down your “drop sheet,” filling a cup with water to rinse your brushes, and having paper towels nearby to dry your brushes as you switch colors.
- Use a fat brush to paint your background layer. This may require more than one coat.
- Once the background has dried, sketch out in pencil the logo or quote you plan to have on your cap.
- Depending on your preference, fill in your logo with acrylic paint using a smaller brush, OR use the Sharpie paint pens to outline any lettering.
- Once it has completely dried (use the cool setting on a hair dryer to advance the drying process if necessary), begin to peel the tape off. You’re done!