How to Make A Free Award Certificate

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How to Make A Free Award Certificate
Awards certificates are a great way to celebrate achievement. (Blank award certificate form image by Stasys Eidiejus from

Certificate awards are a great way to reward people for their achievements. With desktop publishing software and their selections of awards certificate templates, along with the wide selection of blank awards certificate stock paper, you can create custom awards certificates commemorating any achievement. If you're a teacher, giving awards certificates to students at the end of a successful school year shows your students how proud of their achievements you are.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Desktop publishing software
  • Awards certificate paper stock

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    Purchase desktop publishing software or a word processor that includes a selection of awards certificate templates. If you own Microsoft Word or use OpenOffice you already have suitable software. If not, Serif Page Plus and Scribus are free desktop publishing programs with many awards certificate templates.

  2. 2

    Open your design software, go to the "File" menu and choose the "New" option. Select the templates option to browse the template categories. Locate the awards and certificates category and select the award certificate that most closely resembles the design you're looking for. Click the template you'd like to use to open it in your edit window.

  3. 3

    Edit the template to suit your purpose. There are a variety of awards certificate templates available, so you may find a template that simply requires you to delete generic text and enter your specific text, such as the name of the receiver of the award. If you find you need to make additional adjustments to the template, you can select any text, hit the delete key on your keyboard, and type in your own text. Make the text specific to the purpose of the award certificate.

  4. 4

    Select and delete images and borders in the template and replace them with your own. You can insert your own images and borders with the "Insert" menu and browsing to the location on your computer where the images exist you'd like to use. Click your custom image or border to insert it into your template.

  5. 5

    Save your document with a name you will easily recognise, then print it on award certificate paper you can purchase at any office supply store. Award certificate paper stock comes in a multitude of colours and designs to help you make your award certificate more personal. You can print your templates on standard paper if you don't want to purchase special paper for your certificates.

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