30 Graduation Party Centerpieces You’ll Use Forever

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This Post is all about Graduation Party Centerpieces!

How do you decorate a Graduation Party table? With Graduation party centerpieces of course!

Centerpieces are important since tables are where guests will spend a lot of time eating, drinking, and looking for something to entertain themselves while they do it.

If you’re wondering how to make a Graduation party centerpiece or what to decorate your table with, don’t fret, there are plenty of really easy options for making gorgeous personalized centerpieces.

We’ve seen and made some really quick, easy, and inexpensive ones that were the talk of the party. Some ideas are even interactive with guests helping you decorate themselves.

Here are the absolute easiest, best, and most impressive Graduation table decoration ideas that’ll fit every party theme and ANY skill level. They’ll work for both a boy or girl, High School or College, and even a joint or twin Grad Party.

Not only will your guests love them, but they’ll want to take them home.

Keep checking back as we are constantly adding more unique centerpiece ideas all of the time!

Graduation Party Centerpieces Cap
Graduation Party Centerpieces Dollar Store Vase

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It’s not Graduation day without your cap so why not use it in your centerpieces? This is a great Graduation party centerpiece idea that can be used for both boys and girls.

Use painted wooden or cardboard letters hot glued on top of eachother, a glass vase, board for the top, a tassel, and mirror.

You can also make a simple but adorable design using a wine glass and glow stick or votive. Best part is all items are available at the dollar store or on Amazon for cheap.

There is a great tutorial on how to glitter numbers if you want to give it a little glam kick.

Graduation Party Centerpieces Clay pot cap

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Flip over a terra cotta pot for this super easy design. You can even place a photo, plant, or balloons on top and glue glitter to the base!

Graduation Party Centerpiece using paper lantern

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This may not be a cap but it sure does have school spirit. Incorporate your school logo or mascot into your centerpiece.


 Photo Bouquet Centerpieces

For a rustic backyard idea glue your fav photos of the Grad on card stock, tape to wooden skewers, and insert in a flower arrangement, vase or potted plant. Place it on top of a slab of wood for added effect.

Graduation Party Centerpieces Rustic Sunflower Photo bouquet

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Our favorite method for placing a photo in a bouquet is with clothespins and skewers (as used in the sunflower centerpiece above). Clothespin photo holders are so easy to make yet so helpful. Here’s how to make them:

Hot glue a skewer to the outside end of a clothespin. Let dry and they’re ready to go!

Graduation Party Centerpieces Clothes pin Photo holder in bouquet of roses

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If you’re super lazy here is a great way guests can help you decorate your centerpieces with photos:

  • In each invitation ask guests to bring their favorite photo with the Grad.
  • Place empty clothespin photo holders in each Graduation party centerpiece.
  • Upon arrival tell each guest to place their photo wherever they see an empty clothespin in the centerpieces.

This will not only double as table decor but also as a photo guest book the graduate can look at during the party. All of the photos can then be placed in a photo album as a keepsake.

Graduation Party Centerpieces for boys

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You can add as many photos as you want, and this would work really well for a boy or girl, joint Graduation Party, or centerpiece for twins!

Graduation Party centerpieces Black and Gold Photo bouquet

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We love this easy idea! For those with a black and gold grad party color scheme, use black and white photos on black or gold cardstock. It gives a sleeker more sophisticated look that’s also great for evening parties.  It can suddenly make any potted plant look like a Graduation centerpiece, and is a great last minute option


Graduation party Centerpiece Jars and Bottles

Graduation Party Centerpieces Gold bottles with Jade table

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Get out those old wine and Martinelli’s bottles! Add some gold spray paint, and roll in some gold glitter for a cheap centerpiece that looks expensive. I purchased gold charger plates at the dollar store.

Pair it up with a bold color like jade, purple, blue or black for an elegant Grad party table.

For a super easy keepsake that guests can even take home, glue photos on your vases, jars, or pots with Mod Podge. It takes only a few minutes to do and you can use any glass jar or containers you already have.

You can even paint the jar before gluing the photos to match your color scheme

If you’re short on time you can even just take an empty glass jar and stick a photo in it for an easy centerpiece.

This will not only make an elegant and rustic Graduation party decoration centerpiece guests will be sure to notice, but something you can use long after the party’s over.

Graduation Party Centerpiece succulent in a jar

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Place a succulent plant in a painted jar for a sentimental centerpiece some lucky guests can even take home as a special thank you from the Grad.

Graduation Party Centerpieces Gold Mason Jar and Bottles

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Get out the gold spray paint and empty wine bottles or mason jars for some elegant yet simple gold centerpiece ideas.

Graduation Party Centerpieces DIY Gold Bottles with numbers

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You can fill them with anything from flowers to decorations to photos or confetti.

Graduation Party Centerpiece Graphic

You can print any Graduation graphic out and glue it to cardstock and a skewer for a simple addition to your glitter vases or bottles! They can even double as photo props!

Graduation Party Centerpiece Gold Glitter Mason Jar

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Decorating with glitter or beads adds a glamorous touch to jars and vases and is so easy and cheap to do.

Graduation Party Centerpieces White and gold glitter vases

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DIY Glitter Vase

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Graduation Party Centerpiece Frames

Graduation Party Centerpieces using Black Dollar store photo frames Black

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Framed photo centerpieces are a great way to show off cherished memories of the grad and guests. At the end of the event you can even send guests home with them or keep them for yourself.

There are sooo many super easy inexpensive decorations you can do with frames and they won’t break the budget.

Graduation Party Centerpieces Frames on candlesticks

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Glue gun frames onto candlesticks and paint them for a pedestal look. You can find supplies at any dollar or craft store.

Graduation Party centerpieces using black dollar store frame and candlestick

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Whether your color scheme is black, gold, white or all three, DIY photo pedestals can be customized to suit your needs.

Graduation Party Centerpiece Gold Photo frame

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Frames can make beautiful votive photo centerpieces that can go from day to night easily.

Graduation Party Centerpieces using dollar store photo frames

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You won’t want or need to toss these when the party’s over.

Graduation Party Centerpieces votive using black dollar store photo frames

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Candles

Graduation Party Centerpieces Photo Candle

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If you want to add incandescent lighting to your event, battery operated and traditional candles can easily be customized with glitter, beads, and even photos. You can easily transfer photos or any graphic you want straight onto candles.

DIY Photo Votive

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These glowing luminaries even glow in the daylight! Just buy dollar store glass votives and stick photos on yourself using Velum paper.

DIY Photo candle

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If you’re in a time bind you can even use clear shipping tape to transfer photos onto a large candle.


In this post we just showed you how to make easy Graduation Party centerpieces. These ideas have a few things in common: They’re unique, quick, easy, and cheap, yet expensive looking! There’s no excuse now not to have the Grad party of your dreams!

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