Create a Gold Seal in Microsoft Word

Design a seal for a certificate or other document

A paper scroll with red ribbon and golden seal.

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The newest versions of Microsoft Word support robust shaping tools. When you want to add a faux gold seal or seal-of-approval ribbon to your documents, select the appropriate shapes and create a seal with a ribbon that matches your document.

Instructions in this article apply to Word for Office 365, Word 2019, Word 2016, Word 2013, Word 2010, and Word for Mac.

How to Add a Gold Seal and Ribbons in Microsoft Word

Use the Word Shapes tool to create and modify different types of shapes. Select the shapes that match the look of your document.

  1. Select Insert.

    Word with the Insert heading highlighted
  2. In the Illustrations group, select the Shapes drop-down arrow.

    Shapes Menu in Word
  3. In the Stars and Banners section, choose a star (for example, a 16-pointed star) and draw it on the Word canvas. The shape appears with the default formatting, and the Shape Format menu opens when the star is selected.

    Insert Shapes menu in Word with the Stars and Banners section highlighted
  4. Select the shape, go to the Shape Format tab and, in the Shape Styles group, choose Shape Fill. Then, choose Gold as the fill color.

    Shape Fill option in Word
  5. Go to the Shape Format tab, select Shape Outline and choose No Outline.

    No Outline option under Shape Outline in Word
  6. If desired, select Shape Effects and choose an option in the Presets group to give the shape a three-dimensional appearance.

    Shape Effects option in Word
  7. Select the Insert tab again and select Shapes.

  8. Choose Arrow: Chevron under Block Arrows in the Shapes drop-down menu.

    Screenshot of Arrow: Chevron in Shapes
  9. Drag a long, narrow chevron onto the page. Change the size of the shape until it resembles one side of a ribbon.

    Screenshot of chevron on Word document
  10. Select the shape, go to the Shape Format tab and, in the Shape Styles group, choose Shape Fill. Then, choose Gold as the fill color.

    You can opt to use a different fill color for the "ribbons", such as red or blue if desired.

    Screenshot of Gold in Shape Fill
  11. Go to the Shape Format tab, select Shape Outline and choose No Outline.

    Screenshot of No Outline
  12. If desired, select Shape Effects and choose an option in the Presets group to give the shape a three-dimensional appearance.

    For best results, apply the same effect that you used for the seal to the ribbon.

    Screenshot of Shape Effects
  13. Press and hold the Ctrl key while selecting and dragging the chevron to make a duplicate.

    Screenshot of duplicate ribbon
  14. Drag each chevron to the gold seal to create the appearance of ribbons behind the seal. Use the Rotate Handle to turn the ribbons in the desired direction. You can resize them again, if necessary.

    Screenshot of rotated chevrons in Word
  15. Select each "ribbon" and then choose Send Backward > Send to Back in the Arrange group of the Shape Format tab.

    Screenshot of Send to Back in Word
  16. Press and hold the Ctrl key while selecting each of the three shapes. Select Group > Group on the Shape Format tab to create a single object from the three shapes.

    Screenshot of Group on Shape Format tab
  17. Double-click the star and type any desired text you want to insert text as an overlay.

    Screenshot of text on ribbon

Instead of shapes, you can also insert a clipart image of a seal.