A little boy wearing a DIY mortarboard, or graduation cap, made from blue construction paper with a CBC Kids gem sticker on it


Make This Simple Mortarboard To Celebrate CBC Kids Kindie Class of 2021!

Jun 4, 2021

Who's ready to celebrate this year's kindergarten graduates in style at the CBC Kids Kindie Class of 2021 with Gary the Unicorn?

But are you and your littles really ready without your very own DIY mortarboard (or graduation cap) for the ceremony? After all, you're never fully dressed without a smile and sculptural headwear.

We've got you covered! This simple craft will have your proud kindie looking grad-tastic for our Facebook LIVE event on June 19, 2021, at 1 p.m. ET.

What You'll Need

  • 2 sheets of construction paper in your kindie's favourite colour
  • scissors
  • glue gun or glue stick

A special diploma for kindergarten graduates signed by Gary the Unicorn that kids can colour in? I think we can handle that. 

How It's Made

1. Take the corner of one piece of paper, and fold it diagonally to make a triangle. Cut the excess paper, and you’ll have a square to be used for the top of your grad cap. Set aside.

a folded over triangle leaving a strip of paper to cut off

2. Take the other piece of paper and fold lengthwise down the middle. Cut the paper along the fold. You should now have two rectangular pieces left, and the square from the first piece of paper.

the square from the first cut piece of paper and the two rectangular pieces from folding the second piece of paper in half lengthwise and cutting down the middle

3. Cut approximately 1-inch slits along one side of each rectangle.

cutting one-inch slits along the side of each rectangle piece

4. Apply glue to one short edge of one of the rectangle pieces, and attach the other rectangle, ensuring the slits are all along the same side.

the two rectangle pieces glued together with the edge with slits on the same side for both

5. Apple glue to another one of the short edges and attach it to the other side to make a circle. This is the base of your grad cap.

the two rectangle pieces glued together to form a circle which is the base of the grad cap, it sits with the edge with slits facing up

6. Fold the tabs outward from the centre of the circle, and apply glue to each tab.

the circular base of the grad cap with tabs folded outward from the centre with glue applied to the tabs

7. Secure the circular base of the cap to the square you made in step one.

gluing the circular base using the glue on the tabs to the square from step 1

8. Decorate how you’d like!

the completed grad cap in blue construction paper, decorated with a CBC Kids gem sticker, being worn by a little boy

Wear your brand new mortarboard on June 19, 2021 at 1 p.m. ET and celebrate the CBC Kids Kindie Class of 2021 with us!

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