How to create a homemade poster

Written by v. l. hamlin
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How to create a homemade poster
Create a poster for any occasion. (graduation poster image by robert mobley from

Making homemade posters is a great way to spread the word about a yard sale, party or a charity that needs assistance. It takes only minutes to design a homemade poster and you need no particular supplies. Use the craft supplies you already have to customise and personalise a poster for any occasion without spending any money on printing.

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Things you need

  • Large poster paper
  • Paper
  • Photos (optional)
  • Magazine clippings (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Coloured pencils
  • Markers

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  1. 1

    Lay a large sheet of poster paper flat on a hard work surface. Choose papers to add dimension and colour to the poster such as card stock, patterned paper or metallic paper.

  2. 2

    Cut shapes out of the paper with scissors to emphasise important areas of the poster. For example, if your poster is about recycling, cut shapes of the earth and discarded trash.

  3. 3

    Decorate the coloured shapes with photographs and magazine clippings. Draw your own designs if you are artistically inclined.

  4. 4

    Glue the decorated shapes, in any pattern, on to the poster paper. Feel free to glue additional photos and magazine clippings directly on to the poster board as well.

  5. 5

    Write a title in large letters on the poster board. Use coloured pencils or markers to add decoration to the words.

  6. 6

    Use coloured pencils to write captions near each photograph or magazine clipping along with any additional information you would like on the poster.

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