How to Design a Tudor Poster

The Tudors were the ruling family of England between 1485 and 1603. The most famous Tudor rulers were Henry VIII and Elizabeth I of England. The Tudor family symbol is the Tudor rose, incorporating both red and white roses to symbolise the founding of the dynasty that ended the War of the Roses. A Tudor window can create a unique basis for a poster design. Spaces created by windows and wall beams create a variety of shapes and areas for pictures of Tudor family members and symbols for a poster fulfilling a school assignment.

Identify images for the poster by using an Internet image search or visiting a Tudor history website. Many images of Tudor family members and their symbols are available in the public domain for personal or educational use. Download and resize the images to the desired size. Print the images on a colour printer. Use a craft knife or sharp scissors to cut out images.

Choose a horizontal window for a horizontal poster and a vertical window for a vertical poster. Using a yardstick or straightedge and pencil, sketch light lines on the poster board to represent the window frames and selected wall beams to the right and left of the window frames.

Place cut-out pictures on the poster board fitting your desired layout scheme. Outline the pictures in light pencil to indicate areas for placement.

Cut strips of brown construction paper in desired lengths to represent wood beams. Place the poster board and strips of paper in a well-ventilated area. Spray the back of a brown construction paper strip with spray adhesive and place on the poster board. Repeat until all wood beam lines are complete.

Keep the poster board in a well-ventilated area. Begin at the top of the poster and place images one at a time. Spray the back of each image you have selected with spray adhesive and adhere to each window segment based on the pencil outlines.

Print poster title and captions in a word processing program. Select a plain font for smaller titles. Select an old English font for the larger titles. Cut out title and captions with craft knife or scissors. Spray the back of the title and captions with spray adhesive and adhere to poster in desired areas.


Always use spray adhesive in a well-ventilated area, preferably outside.


Do not use spray adhesive in an enclosed area. Protect valuable items with a dust sheet or plastic covering. Use spray adhesive sparingly for best results.

Things You'll Need

  • Colour printer
  • White paper
  • Brown construction paper
  • Poster board
  • Yardstick
  • Straightedge
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Graphite pencils
  • Coloured pencils
  • Coloured pens
  • Spray adhesive
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Amy Sterling Casil is an award-winning writer with a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Chapman University in Orange, Calif. She is a professional author and college writing teacher, and has published 20 nonfiction books for schools and libraries.