6th Grade Graduation Backdrop

6th Grade Graduation Backdrop

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We have three 6th graders graduating, and due to the pandemic going on, no graduation. What I was really going to miss were the pictures. So, I decided to use my fireplace as a backdrop and decorate the mantel with graduation decor. Each kiddo took a turn holding the sign, and I got my pictures. This will have to do.

I made a banner out of heavy cardstock. The graduation cap was made out of black construction paper and a little bit of yarn. For the diplomas, I printed out the word “diploma,” rolled them up, and tied them with ribbon. Three different types of ribbon to represent three distinct personalities.

We had to have some celebratory cupcakes topped off with little graduation caps.

And, of course, there were balloons!


  • Cricut (or you can cut out your design with scissors)
  • Scissors



I just printed out the word “Diploma” on a piece of paper and rolled it up. Then, I tied it off with a bit of ribbon.

I used a different ribbon for each diploma. Next, I hot glued them all together with the word “Diploma” facing forward.


Graduation Cap

This graduation cap is made out of construction paper.

The top is a square. Then, I took a long rectangular piece and glued the ends together to form a circle. I used small strips of paper to attach the circle, and on the inside taped one end to the top and one end to the circle.

I happened to have this old tassel in my stash. I have no idea what it was from. But, if I didn’t have that, I would have just made one out of yarn.



The banner was simple. I cut out rectangles and then cut a triangle out of the bottom of each of them. 

I used my Cricut Expression to cut out each of the letters. I used some double-sided sticky dots that I purchased from the Dollar Tree to stick the letters to the banner.

Next, I used a hole punch to punch a couple of holes at the top of each piece.

Lastly, I threaded some twine that I also picked up from the Dollar Tree, through the holes. 

[I added matching ribbon to my candles.]



I used and old box to cut out a 12″ x 12″ piece of cardboard. Next, I spray glued a piece of 12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper onto it.

I used my Cricut Expression to cut the letters out. Did I mention that this machine is over 10 years old?

Graduation sign


Of course, there were treats! I made cupcakes with cream cheese frosting—Little Hunter’s favorite kind.

I made little graduation caps to go on top with little tassels made out of yarn. They were so cute. And yummy!

graduation cupcakes

The 6th Grade Quarantine Graduation Backdrop

I added balloons and wrote their  names on them. 

I set up all of the decorations after the kiddos went to bed. They woke up on the “last day of school” to this.


I had a spelling mistake. I didn’t even realize it until it was pointed out to me. [doh!] Luckily, I was able to fix my error before morning. 

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