How to Create a Birth Certificate for a Doll

By Dustin Pitan

Children love to act like their parents, and that certainly shows in their love and affection for their dolls. To them, their dolls are real people, and what could make them more real than a birth certificate? If you'd like to surprise your child with a copy of their favorite doll's birth papers, make them at home to your own specifications. A simple, easy way to do this is by using Microsoft Works.

Open Microsoft Works and select "Create a New Project" when prompted to do so.

Select the "Templates" option from the icons toward the top of the page. From there, choose the "Cards & Crafts" option from the selections toward the left. Finally, select "Certificates," when you see the option pop up.

Search through the templates located within Works to find one that you like. You can click on them to make them larger, so that you can view them easier. If there's words or phrases on the example template, don't worry, you can always change the text later—just get a template with the coloring and feel that you like, and download it to your computer (the color can also be changed, if you need to, later on). Once you've found one you like, select the button on the bottom that says "Use this Style." The chosen template will open for you in a new page.

Double-click the title words of the new project and type "Birth Certificate." This is where you can go to your font options toolbox in the main menu, and change the color, font or style of the words if you so desire.

Double-click on where there is text that says "Name" and change it to the name of the baby doll you are creating the document for. Again, change the font, style or color if you so desire.

Double-click on the box that has the words "Your Text Here" on it. Type in all the other relevant information you would like your certificate to say. Usually it consists of weight, height, birthdate, time of birth, and the parent's name (or the name of the child who owns the doll). As many or as few of these can be added to the template, depending on what you desire. Change the colors and fonts once again, and once you are happy with how the product looks, save the file.

Print the doll's birth certificate out on nice paper or cardstock, and present it to your child.

Tip

There are so many variations for homemade birth certificates that you should search thoroughly before choosing one. Experiment with different styles and different fonts—a more Script-like font may work better for you, or you may want a more legible type-face. the choice is yours. Have fun with it.

If you'd like a very simple birth certificate, without going through word, you can also visit: http://www.newbornnursery.com/certificate/certificate.pdf It offers no editing or manipulation of the document, but it is fast, and easy to do.

Warning

While you can search the Internet for more specific templates, there are websites out there (http://www.boxfreeconcepts.com/spserv/birtcert.html for example) that allow you to download these, but they also cost about 8 dollars. If that is what you want, search for it online first, as you may be able to find the same thing—or something very similary—for free elsewhere. If you want to buy the 8 dollar template though, that's up to you. Chances are. However,, Works will have exactly what you are going for in the first place.