How to Make Your Own Printable Certificate

Four Methods:Printable Gift CertificatesUsing Online TemplatesUsing Built In Word TemplatesMaking Your Own Template

Printable gift certificates can make good gifts for friends and family. This article highlights some of the options of how to make your own individual printable gift certificates, making use of the internet and some basic computer equipment.

Printable Gift Certificates

Gift Certificate Templates

Method 1
Using Online Templates

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    Find some free online templates. Word Templates Online has an extensive collection, as does the official Microsoft Office site at http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/CT010104321.aspx.
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    Choose a gift certificate. Once you have found the desired gift certificate, roll your mouse over it and click "Download."
    • If you're using the Microsoft Office site and you're using a browser other than internet explorer, click download again on the next page.
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    Locate the template in your downloads folder. If you downloaded from Word Templates Online, it will show up as a ZIP file entitled something along the lines of "Free Gift Certificate Templates". Double click it, and a word document with the same name should show up. If you downloaded from the Microsoft Office site, it will be a word document labeled with a bunch of numbers and letters.
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    Double click the file to open it. Fill in the desired portions and print the certificates.

Method 2
Using Built In Word Templates

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    Open Microsoft Word.
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    Select "Certificates" from the Startup menu. You'll find this in the left hand bar.
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    Pick a desired template. Then, click "Choose."
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    Fill in the desired information. Then, print the certificate.

Method 3
Making Your Own Template

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    Choose an image. This can be from clip art, or one of your own images.
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    Copy and paste the image into a Microsoft Word document. Alternatively, you can use Open Office or a similar program.
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    Arrange some text above or beneath the image, creating a collage.
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    Print your newly made certificate.
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    Roll the paper. Then, bind with ribbon.

Tips

  • For inspiration, you may use Google's Image Search. Start your research by typing in some of your first own ideas, get inspired by the image shown, refine your search by using ideas you find meeting your wishes as search terms.
  • As well as rolling your gift certificate and binding it with a ribbon, try putting it into a poster tube which comes in a regal color such as gold or silver. The recipient can keep the certificate safe in the poster tube for years if they wish. Another alternative is to not roll the certificate but to place it into a large enough envelope with a seal.
  • Make use of free stock photography sites, or royalty for example, fotolia.com.
  • You may also want use specialized websites offering free of cost and ready to use Gift Certificate Templates like http://www.savewordtemplates.net/free-gift-certificate-templates.html. Do an online search for more such sites.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer and printer
  • Paper and ink
  • Ribbon or envelope
  • 15 minutes of time

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