Certificates of participation are fun and easy to make from your home or office, and they add a personal touch that will make your award recipients feel all the more honored. All that is required to make a certificate of participation is a set of printable certificates, a computer and a printer. Furthermore, you are always free to add your own embellishments by hand after your certificates are printed.
Printable certificates are available from both online and in-store retailers of office supplies or stationery. If you shop on the web, you will have a greater selection of certificate designs to choose from. Parchment certificates in traditional colors such as gold, silver, blue, green or burgundy make an excellent paper for formal certificates of participation to be awarded in a more professional setting. If you are making more casual awards, such as for parties or a lighthearted event, non-parchment certificates come in a wide array of colors as well as themed designs for many occasions. School and sports themed printable certificates are perfect for giving certificates of participation to children who are members of a club, for example.
Making a certificate of participation can be done many ways, but creating your design digitally is the most efficient way to do it, particularly if you are printing certificates for a large number of people. If you are using standard 8.5”x11” size certificates, you can easily create your own template in Microsoft Word. Simply orient your page and align your text as desired, and then type your message and feel free to add digital embellishments such as clip art or a logo. Using a free certificate template, such as those offered by Geographics.com, removes the step of preparing your layout as most templates offer pre-made text boxes to ensure that your text is properly formatted. If you want the highest level of customization, using a design program is your best bet. The iClickn’Print Design Center, for example, offers a slew of ready-made, customizable web-based templates as well as plenty of font and color options, shapes, free clip art and more.
Designing personalized certificates of participation for your honorees is a fantastic way to make meaningful gifts while saving money! DIY and save!
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