Make Achievement Certificates from Home or Office with Printable Awards

Certificate of Achievement and Recognition TheRoyalStorePersonalized achievement certificates make fantastic gifts for your students, colleagues, or loved ones who deserve a little recognition.  With just your printer and a design tool or program, you can create both elaborate and simple certificates that convey your appreciation for your honorees.   Why make your own certificates from home?  Doing so is cost-effective, fast, easy and above all a highly personal way of showing that you care!

All certificates of achievement and recognition start with printable certificate paper.  You can find certificates in many designs, colors, and sizes both in stores and on the web.  The advantage of buying in-store is that you can see and feel your certificates, which will help you determine the best method of going about your award design.  However, you will have a wider selection of printable certificates when shopping online.  Traditional certificates are made from parchment paper and usually display a filigree border design in a color like blue, red, green, gold, or silver.  Non-parchment certificates are available in a bigger range of designs, such as themed designs for kids and school.  The most common certificate size is standard 8.5”x11” letter size, but you may also come across smaller 2UP and 3UP certificates that feature two and three certificates per page.

Once you have chosen your printable certificates, you can begin your digital design.  You may be thinking that you’ll need specialized software to design your own certificates, but this is not mandatory.  Standard 8.5”x11” certificates can be designed quickly and simply using your word processing program of choice.  All you need to do is set your page orientation (traditionally, certificates are oriented Landscape) and adjust your margins so you will type within the borders of your printable certificates.  From there, you can write your award’s message in the desired fonts and sizes and also add any digital embellishments, such as clipart or a logo for your school or company, if applicable.

Templates and design software can be helpful tools if you want to make a detailed achievement certificate.  Templates come in many forms, but you can commonly download free templates online from retailers of certificate paper and other printable stationery.  Using a template will provide guidelines for designing and printing your certificates correctly, and they may also feature certificate wording.  Design software for certificates ranges greatly in both price and function, but often includes creative tools that you cannot apply easily to templates.  IClickn’Print Design Center, a web-based design program offered for free to TheRoyalStore customers, includes hundreds of adjustable pre-made templates and design options that you can use to make certificates of achievement and recognition in minutes.

Making customized achievement certificates for your peers will make both you and your award recipients feel proud.  DIY and save!

Types of Printable Certificates and How to Use Them

Printable Foil Certificates GeographicsMaking a certificate for an employee, volunteer, or student using printable certificates is an excellent gift idea because it is an inexpensive process that allows you to show your appreciation in a highly personal way!  Printable certificates are available in more forms than you may think, so it is important to be aware of your choices in order to pick the best type of certificate for your project.

In general, you’ll find printable certificates in the standard 8.5”x11” paper size.  Using an 8.5”x11” size certificate is convenient because all you have to do is stick it in your printer and print your design without worrying too much about your page format.  However, you can also find printable certificates available in smaller sizes such as 2UP and 3UP certificates which have two and three certificates per sheet respectively.  Smaller certificates serve particularly well when making awards for young students or making gift certificates for community or business events.  The only tricky part about using 2UP and 3UP awards is that you’ll need to adjust your design so it prints out correctly on each certificate; using a certificate template with the appropriate layout can help to facilitate the process of printing multiple certificates per page.

Naturally, you’ll see printable certificates in a vast selection of designs, especially when searching for them on the web.  If you’re interested in a classic look, parchment certificates are the type for you.  Certificates with parchment backgrounds look very professional and they also feature impressively detailed border designs in basic colors such as gold, blue, and green.  Non-parchment certificates are the most casual type of certificate designs, so you can also find them in the largest variety of colors and themed designs.  Foil certificates are pleasing to the eye because they add a bit of a flash to a traditional certificate design; they are sure to make your recipients feel proud!

Nothing makes a personalized certificate quite so special as your own embellishments, and with a little creativity, you can quickly and easily make your awards unique for all of your recipients.  For example, adding the logo for your company, organization, or school is one small step you can take to help your awards feel all the more authentic.  From there, making digital additions such as clip art or images can further enhance the celebratory mood of the occasion.  After you’ve printed your awards, adding items such as ribbons, seals, or stickers and using a document cover or frame will improve the overall presentation of your certificates.

Creating custom awards with printable certificates will leave a lasting impression on your award recipients.  Make DIY certificates to have fun and save money at the same time!