How to Make My Own Display Board


If you're making a presentation, you know the importance of visuals. Display boards are a must for many presentations, especially ongoing presentations such as trade shows. Making your own display board gives you the opportunity to stand out by creating a board that does not have a standardized corporate look.

Things You'll Need

  • Foam core board
  • Duct tape
  • Fabric
  • Adhesive spray
  • Double-sided tape or glue
  • Colored paper
  • Buy three pieces of foam board at your local art supply store. Cut the foam board to the size that you want. With display boards, usually bigger is better. Cut only the two pieces of foam board that will be attached to the middle piece. Cut one-third off the outer edge of the side pieces to give your display board the right proportions. Measure carefully, draw a light line in pencil where you are going to cut, and use a sharp box cutter to make the cut in order to avoid ragged edges.

  • Cover the foam board with fabric. Choose a color that will go with the graphics you intend to display. Good choices are solid colors that blend with your materials. Avoid distracting patterns. Use spray adhesive to get the fabric to adhere to the board. Glue the fabric all the way around the board for a finished look.

  • Tape the display board together with duct tape that matches the fabric. Leave one-quarter inch of space between the pieces as you tape them together. This will enable you to fold the display board. Tape only the back of the display board.

  • Print out the graphics that you want to have on your display board. It is best to use a combination of words and graphics. You can find cardboard letters in various sizes and colors at an office-supply store or teaching-supply store. You may want to use these for your heading.

  • Lay out the information on your display board in a way that will provide the most clarity to the people viewing it. If your information is sequential, you may want to place colored arrows pointing from one graphic or text block to another. Remember that people read from left to right, and put information that you want people to see first on the left.

  • Make your graphics pop by using a background behind each one. Cut colored paper one half inch larger than your graphic on all sides and place it behind the graphic. For a fun look, place it at an angle. Use one or two colors for your backgrounds to avoid an overly cluttered look.

  • Attach your text and graphics to the display board with double-sided tape. Glue can also be used if you do not want to reuse the background of the display board.

Tips & Warnings

  • Laminating your graphics will give your display board a more polished look and will help it to last longer.
  • Use lighting in order to make your display board stand out and help potential customers see the material.

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