How to Create a Flyer Border in Microsoft Word

This one step can help draw attention to your important message

An old-school paper flyer can have a big impact if you put it in the right location and make it fun to look at. The fun part comes from different typefaces, images, and other visual elements, including a neat border. Microsoft Word makes it possible to add a border to bring your whole flyer together. Use it to apply a single- or multi-line border, a more decorative one, or one made from Clip Art.

Instructions in this article apply to Word for Office 365, Word 2019, Word 2016, and Word 2013.

Use Predefined Lines as a Page Border

Line borders are perfect when you want to give a flyer a professional appearance.

  1. Open the flyer in Word and, on the ribbon, select Design.

    Design tab in Word
  2. In the Page Background group, select Page Borders

    Page Borders button in Word
  3. In the Borders and Shading dialog box, select the Page Border tab.

    Borders and Shading window in Word with the Page Border tab highlighted
  4. In the Setting section, select Box if you want the border to surround the entire flyer. Or, select Custom to apply a border to some edges (such as the sides only).

    Borders and Shading box in Word with the Box and Custom options highlighted
  5. If you chose Box, move to the next step. If you chose Custom, in the Preview section select or clear the edges that will display a border.

    Borders and Shading box in Word with custom settings highlighted
  6. In the Style section, choose a line style.

    Borders and Shading box with the Style heading highlighted
  7. Select the Color drop-down arrow and choose a color.

    Borders and Shading box in Word with the Color heading highlighted
  8. Select the Width drop-down arrow and choose a line width.

    Borders and Shading window in Word with the Width menu highlighted
  9. Select the Apply To drop-down arrow and choose Whole document.

    If you have a multipage flyer and don't want to apply a border to the whole document, choose one of the other options: This section, This section - First page only, or This section - All except first page.

    Borders and Shading window in Word with the Apply To menu highlighted
  10. To apply the line border, select OK.

    Borders and Shading window in Word with the OK button highlighted
  11. The border appears according to your settings.

    MS Word flyer with borders applied to the sides

Use Clip Art as a Page Border

If you don't want a plain line for the border, explore the Word built-in art library. It contains fun images like candy corn, cupcakes, and hearts, as well as whimsical options like art deco styles, push pins, and scissors cutting a dotted line. The process is similar to the one for creating a simple line border.

  1. Open the flyer in Word. Then, on the ribbon, select Design.

    Design tab in Word
  2. In the Page Background group, select Page Borders

    Page Borders button in Word
  3. In the Borders and Shading dialog box, select the Page Border tab.

    Borders and Shading window in Word with the Page Border tab highlighted
  4. In the Setting section, select Box if you want the border to surround the entire flyer. Or, select Custom to apply a border to some edges (such as the sides only).

    Borders and Shading box in Word with the Box and Custom options highlighted
  5. If you chose Box, move to the next step. If you chose Custom, go to the Preview section and select or clear the edges that will display a border.

    Borders and Shading box in Word with custom settings highlighted
  6. Select the Art drop-down arrow and choose a style. If you choose a black and white border art style, you can change the color. To do so, select the Color drop-down arrow and choose a color.

    The Borders and Shading window in Word with the Art heading highlighted
  7. In the Width section, use the arrows to select a width for the border.

    Borders and Shading window in Word with the Width menu highlighted
  8. Select the Apply To drop-down arrow and choose Whole document.

    Borders and Shading window in Word with the Apply To menu highlighted
  9. To apply the line border, select OK.

    Borders and Shading window in Word with the OK button highlighted
  10. The border appears on the document according to your settings.

    MS Word flyer with borders on the sides