Graduation Cap Candy Favors ~ Tutorial

By | May 3, 2016

Graduation Cap Candy Favors

Planning a graduation party?  These Graduation Cap Candy Favors are so simple to make and would be great to hand out to guests to thank them for coming.  You don’t need much to make these grad party favors – just Hershey’s Nuggets candy, some black cardstock, ribbon, and some jewel accents.

My only son will be graduating from high school in a little over 3 weeks!  Yikes, I feel old 🙂  I  have kicked into full party planning mode to get ready for his grad party.  I originally saw these cute Graduation Hat Candy Favors on Etsy, and made them for my oldest daughter’s grad party 4 years ago.  They were a big hit so I want to make them again for my son’s party.

At my daughter’s party, I scattered them on the tables.  However some of the teens at the party grabbed a bunch of them so I know that not everyone got one.  So this time I think I am going to put the graduation cap candy treats in a basket and offer one to everyone as they are leaving.

graduation craft

Materials Needed for the Graduation Cap Candy Favors

  • a bag of Hershey’s Nuggets Candy in the flavor of your choice – we like the almond toffee ones!
  • Black Cardstock
  • Paper Trimmer or scissors
  • 1.5″ Square Paper Punch (optional but I highly recommend it to speed things up)
  • Transparent Tape
  • 1/8″ Ribbon in the color of your choice
  • Scissors
  • Rhinestone Jewel Accents (you could also use small beads or sequins)
  • Glue Dots (in both mini and 1/2 inch sizes) or a Glue Gun with low temp glue sticks

1/51/5″ Square Paper PunchGlue DotsGlue DotsSelf-Adhesive RhinestonesSelf-Adhesive Rhinestones

Instructions for making these Graduation Hat Candy Favors

grad cap favors

Start by cutting your black cardstock.  You will need a 1″ x 3″ strip to go around the candy and a 1.5″ square for the top of the cap.  Cut one of each of these pieces for each graduation cap favor you are going to make.

I used a paper trimmer for the strips.  You could also cut the squares with your paper trimmer, but I found it went so much quicker with a 1.5″ Square Paper Punch.

grad cap favors

Wrap the 1″ x 3″ strip around the middle of the candy, taping to secure. To ensure the cardstock wrapper doesn’t slip off, you can tape both ends to the candy.

graduation favors

Cut a 3″ length of 1/8″ ribbon for each of the graduation hat party favors. Fold the ribbon in half, forming a shallow V. Use a glue dot to stick the ribbon to the center of the square.

graduation cap candy

Use a glue dot to stick 1 rhinestone to the point of the V on the square. Then use a 1/2″ glue dot to stick the square to the top of the wrapped candy, referring to photo for placement.

I used glue dots to make quick work of these graduation cap candy treats. You could also use a glue gun with low temp glue sticks to make each graduation cap favor, but you run the risk of melting a spot on the candy where you glue it together.

graduation cap favors

These graduation hat party favors are just adorable. I love how quick and easy they are to assemble. In addition to handing them out at the grad party. I also am going to make up little favor bags of these for my son to hand out on the Senior’s last day of school.

Do you have a graduate in your family this year? What are you giving out as grad party favors? I have started a Grad Party idea Pinterest board to collect all the ideas I find. If you have any graduation crafts or recipe ideas to share, feel free to leave a comment below.  If  you enjoyed this graduation cap candy favors tutorial, I would really appreciate it if you would share it using one of the buttons below.  Happy crafting!

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One thought on “Graduation Cap Candy Favors ~ Tutorial

  1. Katie Smith

    These look pretty awesome 🙂 Kudos!


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