Some tips for making your own membership certificates include designing or choosing a template, choosing supplies, such as foil seals and paper, and writing copy. Include membership account numbers and expiration dates if appropriate.
Most of the work in making your own membership certificates is in the design. If you want to design your own certificates, get ideas from studying other certificates and templates. For instance, Microsoft Office includes many free printable templates. In addition, many more are available online.
Once you choose a template, think about decorating it. Craft stores offer many kinds of embellishments such as foil seals, stamps and stickers as well as specialty papers. If you’re printing a large number of certificates, specialty papers and heavy paper stock are also available by the ream at office supply stores.
It’s also customary for membership certificates to display short proclamations welcoming members and briefly stating terms or responsibilities of membership. As you complete the design of the template, compose this text to fit the space you allot to it. Membership certificates should also display information such as the member’s name, position or office held and account numbers and expiration dates for the membership, especially if your organization collects dues or other fees.