How to Decorate a Portfolio


A portfolio case is a valuable storage tool and can hold anything from artwork to important notes for a business meeting. Portfolios are made of materials ranging from cardboard to faux leather and come in a range of sizes and colors. Regardless of the type you have, decorating the exterior allows you to add your own personal flavor and style to the item.

Things You'll Need

  • Stickers
  • Acrylic paint
  • Sealant
  • General craft supplies
  • Craft glue
  • Decoupage glue
  • Permanent or paint markers
  • Arrange decorative stickers on the portfolio case. Use stickers to create a decorative border around the edge for an understated look or cover the entire case with a collage of stickers. Use stickers that depict anything from your favorite animals to ones that show support for a band or sports team you enjoy.

  • Paint the outside of the portfolio. Use a high-gloss acrylic paint to cover the case with a logo, picture, wording or patterns. Cover the design with a clear sealant to protect it from damage.

  • Add texture to the portfolio. Glue on items like glitter, sequins, plastic charms, buttons, yarn or any other object that won't interfere with the use of the portfolio.

  • Decoupage pictures to your portfolio. Create an entire paper collage on the surface, simple patterns or attach a single photograph to the center. Glue the paper objects to the portfolio using decoupage glue. Allow time for the glue to dry. Apply a second layer of glue over the paper objects to seal and protect. Add more glue layers if necessary.

  • Draw on the surface of your portfolio with permanent markers if the base material is a light color. Use paint markers in colors like silver, white or gold for dark-colored portfolios.

Tips & Warnings

  • Treat the portfolio as a blank canvas that you can transform by way of creative expression. Your decorating options are limitless.

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