Baptism certificates are not very difficult to make and they require few materials. Knowing basic information about the person being baptized and any denominational requirements for the certificate are all that is needed in order to make one. It is best to create a certificate that is gender and age-neutral so that it can be used whenever there is a baptism at your church or worship service.
Obtain the Paper Needed for the Baptismal Certificate
Get paper for the certificate at a store like Staples, Walmart or Office Depot. Any store which has a stationary section will probably have what you need.
Choose the appropriate paper. Depending on your taste, or the taste of the person you are making the certificate for, there are many options to choose from. Some possibilities include golden yellow resume paper, for an aged look, or beige paper with ivy printed along the edges, for a gender-neutral certificate.
Make certain that the paper is not too thick or too thin. If it is too thick, it may not easily move through your printer. If it is too thin, it may easily tear or the ink may bleed through the paper.
Go to a Christian supply store like Cokesbury or a website like Christian Book. The certificates here come with the picture and message on them. All that is needed are the various signatures and date of the baptism.
Creating Your Message
Ask your pastor, the head deacon or elder, or church secretary what should be on the certificate. If there are certain requirements or phrases that the denomination uses or thinks is appropriate, then use these. Many churches baptize using the phrase "In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit," so write that on the form. If your church uses a different phrase, or conducts its sermons in a different language, such as Spanish, then writing everything in English and Spanish may be a good idea.
Type out your message on the computer, keeping in mind the person being baptized. For instance, if the certificate is for a baby's baptism you will probably need to have a place on the document for the Godparents to sign. After you are satisfied with the certificate, go to "Print Preview." Make certain the certificate is oriented the way you wish, whether in landscape or portrait, and has all the necessary information. Make edits as needed.
Print off one or two copies of the certificate to make certain that it looks the way that you want it to. If you are using a special font or ink color, make certain that it looks good with the paper that you have chosen. Again make adjustments as needed. Also, save the certificate file on your computer in case there is a need to reprint it for additional member or visitor baptisms.
Alternative Ways to Make Baptismal Certificates
Consider other ways to make certificates. At FedEx Kinko's you can print off certificates on card stock paper if you want a document that is very durable; Simply create the certificate on the computer, save it to a memory stick or disk, and bring it into the store to be printed. To finish the certificate consider going to a framing shop or craft store like Hobby Lobby or Michaels to get a frame for it.
Create a baptismal certificate online at sites such as Free Printable Certificates, Baptism Celebration or Box Free Concepts. The decorations and message are provided. You simply cut to size, if you are using a frame, and write in the necessary information like date and names of the sponsors.
Use calligraphy. If you or someone you know is good at it, utilize this beautiful writing to create the message. This adds a special personal touch to the baptismal document.