5 Awesome Ways to Decorate a Mortar Board

mortarIt’s graduation season! Congratulations to high school and college seniors moving on to their next phases in life.

If you’re graduating, you probably have a lot of things on your mind like how to get a job or how to say goodbye to your friends before leaving for college.  But the thing that is most definitely, most certainly, most undoubtedly concerning you the most is how you will stand out during your graduation ceremony.  If everybody’s in the same robe and mortar board, how will your parents know who you are? How will they ever be able to spot you amid the sea of hundreds, or thousands, of students clad in your school colors?

The solution is not only easy, but fun: decorate the top of your mortar board.  If everybody else has a black mortar board, a little splash of color will make yours pop.

Here are 5 ways to decorate your mortar board:

1. Personalized Message
Send a shout-out to the people cheering you on during graduation!  Using colorful tape, pipe cleaners, glitter pens or whatever you have up your sleeve, write out a message! Something short and sweet usually does the job, like “Hi, Mom!”, your initials or celebratory “We did it!”

2. Your Graduation Year
Have some class pride! Spice up your mortar board by hot-gluing cut-outs of your class year to the top. This is a great way to make your mortar board a more meaningful keepsake.

3. Say Something Meaningful to You
It may be a strange place to spread the word, but if there’s a positive message you want to send out, why not do it atop your mortar board? Just keep it appropriate for the occasion.

4. Colorful Flowers
Once again, bring out the hot glue gun.  Stop by a crafts store and pick up some exaggerated fake flowers.  Glue on your flower arrangement, and give friends and family the garden view of graduation.

5. Game board
You can get all sentimental with your mortar board with the aforementioned options, or you can be a little tongue and cheek with it.  Considering mortar boards are in fact boards, you can design the flat space to look like a game of checkers, Monopoly or any other familiar thing that would fit well on a mortar board space.

Do you have any other suggestions? Comment and let us know!

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  1. Melissa Parks says:

    Personally, I don’t think that putting flowers or any kind of 3-D arrangement on top of the mortar board, since many schools pass the tassel from one side to the other during the ceremony. A 3-D arrangement would get in the way.

  2. Steve says:

    A scene design student decorated his mortar board with a scale model of a play set.

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