Poster decorating ideas

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Poster decorating ideas
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There's a statement to be made with a well-decorated poster. It sends a message to its viewers that a great deal of preparation went into making this poster attractive. There are many ways to decorate a poster, and you can use any medium in your design that appeals to you and will stick to the posterboard. Utilise design and decorating ideas to make your poster an advertising masterpiece.

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Using bold paint colours to decorate a poster will make the posterboard a blank canvas for endless creativity. Paint a decorative border to accent and highlight the poster's contents. Coordinate the poster design by painting designs in and around the poster's contents with the same paints. The paint-based theme of the poster will stand out and be noticed.


If your poster's purpose is to display a message, use large, bold, typeface letters that are colour-coordinated to your poster's design. You can purchase pre-cut letters or make your own using a die cut machine. Center the message in the middle of the poster board, and position the title across the top. Add message highlights at a 45-degree angle at the top or bottom corners of the poster.

Add Sparkle

Highlight your poster's design with sparkle. Add glitter lines along the decorative features of the poster, and sparkly stars and shapes to highlight special features. These sparkling elements will make your poster design shine.

Vivid Photos and Computer Graphics

Frame photos with construction paper and incorporate them into your poster design. The photos will contrast the handmade elements of the poster with interesting, real-life shots. Add computer graphic design printouts to your poster as well.

Foam Art

Foam shapes are a fun way to add more colour and dimension to your poster design. Some foam shapes are self-sticking, allowing you to peel off a backing and stick them into place. Non-self-stick foam shapes are also easy to glue to a poster with standard school glue. You can superimpose several foam pieces together to create a dimensional design that accents the poster's features.

Add a Border

Adding a border to a decorated poster frames its features and highlights its message to create an eye-catching work of art. Pre-made borders have evenly scalloped edges and come in brilliant colours that can complement any poster design. These are available at craft and school supply stores. However, you can also be creative and make your own poster border. You can use any type of colourful or patterned paper that fits the design of your poster. Cut the edges to make a unique border design and affix it to the poster.

Borders do not have to be limited to paper. You can use fabric, lace, foil, leaves, twigs, pine cones, silk flowers or party favour toys to create a decorative border unique to your poster design.

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