Last Updated 3 years by Emily Standley-Allard

Create a Printable for Free

Canva is my go to place for creating everything I need for my blog. They have an unlimited menu of items you can make including; printables, social media graphics, pdf designs, book covers, reports, infographic designs and more, and best of all it’s FREE! They also have a paid pro version which has even more elements, but the free version offers an incredibly generous amount. This program is perfect if you don’t have any design skills and don’t have the time to learn a complicated program like Adobe. Anyone can use their drag and drop program and it’s also fun! Read on for a simple step-by-step guide to create an amazing FREE printable.


I’ve included a STEP by STEP Video by Sara Nguyen Here.


Head over to and sign up for a FREE account.

Click on the “Create a design” button in the top left corner.


canva DESIGN

Many template options will appear. If you have something in mind, go ahead a click on the template that works best for you. For our purposes, we are going to click “Use custom dimensions” in the upper right hand corner.

Follow the options for each choice:



If you want your entire document to have a background, click “BACKGROUND” and choose a solid color, pattern or photo of liking.

Anything that is marked ‘FREE’ obviously is free, but if you see a pattern with a $ that you absolutely must have and aren’t ready to purchase a subscription you can buy it a la carte which is really nice.


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Click the color/pattern/photo you want and drag it to your document. You can upload your own photos into CANVA as well.


There are many different LAYOUT options. Pick one depending upon the type of project you’re working on. If you don’t like it you can always change it. That’s what I love about Canva it’s so easy to change anything you need.

Each “box” in the layout can be filled with an image, a pattern, different text – it can be customized however way you like!


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If going with a layout option, replace each box in the layout with the design elements (shapes, lines, illustrations, icons, images, grids, etc..) that you would like to appear.


This is where the fun begins and you get to use your creativity. Located on the left side of your screen there lots of design element options. It’s fun experimenting with a few. You can always delete them and start over.

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You can add your favorite photos, grids, frames, shapes, lines, illustrations or charts. For each there are numerous free options as well as some options that you can purchase.


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-Click on whatever element you want to use and drag it to your document.

-Many elements can be rotated (swing the rotate icon) or resized (drag the corner of the box bigger or smaller).

-Add as many elements as you like. They can be next to each other or even layered on top of each other.

-Each text element can be adjusted. Choose from different font sizes, colors and layouts.

Use a predesigned element or create your own line of text.


-All fonts can be changed: size, color and style

-Don’t like a font? Upload your own, with a subscription


If you already have illustrations or images you want to use, just click the upload button


Another great feature is that hyperlinks can also be added to your Canva design to connect to web pages, blogs, social media pages, YouTube videos and other resources on the internet.

This gives it extra value and is particularly useful when using the Presentation mode or downloading the design as a PDF.

How to set up hyperlinks in Canva


Canva has plenty of awesome FREE stock photos available in their platform as well.

Check out more resources here:


BEST FREE Stock Photo Sites for Your Blog Or Website 




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