How to Make a Poster on Cardboard

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How to Make a Poster on Cardboard
Use stiff cardboard to create a sturdy poster. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Reinforce a flimsy paper poster by using a cardboard backing. A sturdy cardboard will keep your poster intact to relay the necessary information to your audience. Posters made only with paper will not last as long or have the durability of a cardboard poster. Create a simple stand out of scrap cardboard to make your poster stand on its own. Get crafty with paper, glue and scissors to create an artistic poster that communicates a message to your viewers.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Notepad
  • Pencil
  • Cardboard
  • Ruler
  • Cutting mat
  • Craft knife
  • Spray adhesive
  • Poster board
  • Markers, coloured pencils or paint
  • White glue

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Plan out the design of your poster. Think about the message you wish to relate, the colour scheme and who your intended audience is. Jot down ideas on a notepad for a headline or title for your poster and sketch simple graphics that will enhance the meaning of your title. Write down the information you want to include.

  2. 2

    Cut out a rectangle from a piece of stiff cardboard to use as the back for your poster. Use a pencil and a ruler to measure the size you want your poster to be. Place the board on a cutting mat and score the pencil lines with a craft knife. After the initial cut, go back over the lines cutting all the way through the cardboard.

  3. 3

    Coat one side of the cardboard poster with spray adhesive. Lay a sheet of white or coloured poster board larger than the size of your cardboard piece over the sprayed area. Press the poster board to the cardboard with your fingers to secure. Allow it to dry for 30 minutes.

  4. 4

    Flip the poster over, so the poster board side faces down. Use the craft knife to trim around the edges of the cardboard.

  5. 5

    Turn the poster right side up. Use a pencil and ruler to lightly sketch the areas where each piece of text and graphic will go on your poster. Write the headline of you poster in bold colours using markers, pencils or paint.

  6. 6

    Dab small amounts of white glue on the back of your graphics and use the sketched guidelines to help you position the images in the right place on your poster. Allow glue and paint to dry completely on the poster before moving.

Tips and warnings

  • Spray adhesive will help prevent the poster board from bubbling and curling as it dries.
  • Use large text to help your viewers easily identify your message.
  • Keep your colour selection to two or three different hues. Too many colours make it difficult to understand the information given on the poster.
  • Cut out shapes from scrap pieces of cardboard and glue your images on them to make your poster look three-dimensional.
  • Work in a well-ventilated area to avoid inhaling harmful chemicals from sprays.

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