How to Make a Paper Flip Chart

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How to Make a Paper Flip Chart
Presenters can record everyone's ideas using a flip chart. (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

What exactly is a flip chart? If you are familiar with PowerPoint, think of each page of a flip chart as a blank slide in a PowerPoint presentation. Flip charts are often large paper pads presented on easels where instructors write notes and lessons during a presentation. It can be used to promote and increase participation. Instructors can draw figures or charts with marker pens, then flip over the pad and continue on a new page. It is a great way to add contributions from various group members during brainstorming sessions.

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Things you need

  • Large paper sheets
  • Heavy cardboard piece
  • Easel
  • Clamps
  • Coloured markers
  • Push pins

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  1. 1

    Stack a pile of 20 sheets on top of one another. Collate the pages using a stapler to bind them together at the top of the page.

  2. 2

    Secure the stack of pages to a heavy cardboard piece by inserting push pins into the top of the pages.

  3. 3

    Set the flip chart on an easel. Use clamps to bind the chart to the easel to keep it from falling.

  4. 4

    Add pictures and graphics to the flip chart with coloured markers during the presentation.

Tips and warnings

  • Design your charts on 8"x11" paper before drawing them on the actual flip chart.
  • Leave every other page blank to prevent ink from other sheets from bleeding through.
  • Do not use all capital letters. Instead, use a combination of upper case and lower case letters to make your chart more legible.

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