How to make a tri-fold poster board presentation

Updated February 21, 2017

Poster presentations are a means of presenting information in an easily understood format. Organization of the information is key to a successful presentation. Tri-fold poster products are cheap to make at home and require no special skills or tools.

Use a ruler and pencil to measure and mark the foam core board so it is divided vertically into three sections. Make the centre section wider then the two side sections, and the two side sections of equal width.

Score the poster board along the dividing lines with a box knife. Do not cut all the way through the board. Cut about halfway through the board thickness so it can be folded along the dividing lines. The side the cuts were made on will be considered the backside of the tri-fold poster.

Glue the presentation material onto the front side of the poster board using spray adhesive. Lay the material down on the board without glue first to select the best arrangement of the material.

Fold the two side portions of the board in towards the front side of the poster. The board will fold along the scored marks.

Display the tri-fold poster by standing it up on edge and folding the sides inward just enough to support the poster so it is free standing.


Don't glue any material over the folds of the board. The information will be obscured and the material may loosen and fall off.

Things You'll Need

  • Foam core poster board
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Box knife
  • Printed or drawn content
  • Spray adhesive
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