How to Make Student-Council Election Posters

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How to Make Student-Council Election Posters
Markers are an easy, colourful tool for expressing your views. (marker pen image by sarit saliman from

It is important, if you are running for a student-council position, to let the other students know what you stand for and to make yourself memorable. Student-council election posters that reflect your message and personality can be a creative way to express yourself and help the voters get to know you better. When strategically placed around the school, your posters offer the students a visible reminder of why they should vote for you.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Permanent markers in bright colours
  • Poster board
  • Photos of candidate
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Glue
  • Masking tape

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    Choose a slogan or catch phrase that reflects your campaign message. Keep it short so that it's easy for voters to remember and can be displayed prominently on your posters.

    How to Make Student-Council Election Posters
    A catchy slogan can help voters remember you on election day. (Yes, we can image by Blue Moon from
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    Use pencils to sketch out your lettering on a piece of posterboard. According to Jeff Marx's "How to Win a High School Election," your name should be the most prominent text on your posters; your slogan and desired student-council position should also be included. Make your letters are large enough to be read from far away, evenly spaced and neat. Draw lightly so that you can either draw over the pencil marks or erase them.

    How to Make Student-Council Election Posters
    Start your posters with pencil sketches. (pencils image by AGphotographer from
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    Draw over your pencil lettering with markers. Use colour combinations that reflect your style and draw attention to your posters.

    How to Make Student-Council Election Posters
    Use colours that you like and that stand out. (colourful markers #3 image by Adam Borkowski from
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    Glue a photo of yourself to your poster. This can help voters make the connection between your name, your face and the position for which you're running.

    How to Make Student-Council Election Posters
    Your photo should show you as approachable and serious about the position. (young beautiful student girl with books in hand image by Anatoly Tiplyashin from
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    Accent some of your lettering or create a border around your photo with glitter, if wanted. Put glue on the poster where you want the glitter and pour glue on top of the glitter. Wait a few minutes and then shake off the excess glitter.

    How to Make Student-Council Election Posters
    Glitter can add sparkle and shine to a poster. (pots of glitter image by Warren Millar from
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    Let your poster dry completely, then put masking-tape loops on the back of the poster to hang it up.

    How to Make Student-Council Election Posters
    Use tape to attach posters to the walls. (Roll of parcel tape image by Scott Latham from
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    How to Make Student-Council Election Posters
    (sticky tape image by apeschi from

Tips and warnings

  • Review your school's guidelines about what is and what is not allowed on posters, how many you can post and size limits.
  • Gather your supplies and get your friends together to help you make your posters. Having a poster-decorating party is a fun way to make numerous posters more quickly and to let your friends know what your campaign is all about.
  • Use a theme for your posters, such as a colour scheme that's carried through all of your campaign materials, to help students remember your campaign.
  • Take your time and be neat to show the student voters that you care about your campaign and the student council.
  • Profanity or inappropriate jokes on your posters could result in your being disqualified from the election, losing the election or getting into trouble at school.
  • You will lose credibility if you put down the other candidates on your posters. Show the school what makes you a great addition to the student council instead of belittling the others.

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