Promote your party by getting the word out in your community through a flyer. Flyers are single page pieces of paper and may offer photos, text, maps and details about your big event. Whether you're planning a big bash or a small neighbourhood block party, create get-together flyers on your computer for free. Take advantage of software programs you already have or download free trials and with a couple of quick clicks, you'll be ready to spread the word about your upcoming celebration.
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Things you need
- Microsoft Publisher
- Windows Paint
- Microsoft Word
Open Publisher or download a free trial and click the "Flyers" button in the middle of the "Available Templates" pane. Scroll through the Publisher flyer templates; any flyer may be completely customised with text and images. Double-click a flyer to open the document in the Publisher workspace.
Click your cursor into the main headline on the flyer; the headline becomes highlighted. Type your new headline directly over the top of it, such as "Mom and Dad's Anniversary Party!" Click into the other text boxes on the flyer and type information about the party, such as the event theme, location, date and how to respond.
Click once on a picture on the flyer and press the "Delete" key on the keyboard. Click the "Insert" tab at the top of the screen and click the "Clip Art" button. Type a description into the "Search for" box, such as "balloons," "gifts," "cake" or "party" and click "Go." Scroll through the results and double-click an image to add it to the flyer. Repeat to add more images.
Click the "Page Design" tab at the top of the screen. Click the "Background" button on the right of the toolbar and click a small coloured square to give your flyer a coloured background. Skip this step if you're printing the flyers on coloured paper.
Click the "File" tab, click "Save As," type a name for the flyer and save it to your computer.
Open Paint, click the Paint button in the top-left corner of the screen and click "Properties." Change the page dimensions to 8.5 in. by 11 in. and click "OK." Paint automatically resizes the workspace.
Click the "Text" tool, which looks like an "A" on the "Tools" section of the toolbar. Select a font and text size, click near the top of the page and type the party flyer headline, such as "Club Grand Opening Saturday Night."
Move your cursor to the bottom of the flyer, click and reduce the text size. Add additional details about the party, such as dress code, party time and date, directions and what will be served.
Click a coloured box on the "Colors" section. Click the "Brushes" button and select the "Marker" brush. Draw the outline of a party image, such as a martini glass, balloon or disco ball. Click the "Fill with colour" tool, which looks like a paint can on the "Tools" section, and click the inside of the drawing to fill it in solid.
Click the Paint button, click "Save As," give the flyer a name and save it to the computer.
Open Word or download a free trial, click the "File" menu and click "New." Click the "Flyers" folder on the "Available Templates" screen. Double-click the "Events" folder and view the different party flyer templates, such as holidays, luau and sports parties. Double-click any flyer and within a few moments, the flyer will open in a new Word window.
Highlight the flyer event placeholder title and type over it with your own, such as "Sammy's Sweet 16, You're Invited!" Repeat the typing over process with the other text boxes on the flyer, including placeholders for your contact information, party logistics and how to R.S.V.P.
Give your flyer a border by clicking the "Page Layout" tab and clicking the "Page Borders" tab in the centre of the toolbar at the top of the screen. Click the "Box" button and pull down the "Color" menu. Select a coloured box for the border colour, such as one that matches the holiday event or party theme. Pull down the "Width" menu to select the thickness for the border and click "OK" to add the border to the flyer.
Add a photo from your last event to the flyer to show potential attendees what to expect by clicking the "Insert" tab at the top of the screen and clicking the "Picture" button, which opens a navigation window. Browse to a digital photo and double-click the file name, which adds the photo to the flyer. Drag it into place with your cursor.
Click the "File" tab, click "Save As," type a name for the party flyer and select a destination to save it to on your computer.
Tips and warnings
- Windows Paint is included in every installation of the Windows operating system, so although it is a basic graphics program with no quick templates, you can make simple party flyers for free. Every version of the Microsoft Office Suite comes with Word, another option for making flyers. The Office Professional Suite also includes Publisher. If you don't have the Office Suite, experiment with making flyers for free by downloading a free Suite trial, where you can try out the different Office features and publicise your party without paying a dime for software.
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