How to Decorate a Portfolio

Add color to a monochrome portfolio.
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A portfolio case is a valuable storage tool and can hold anything from artwork to important notes for a business meeting. Portfolios are made of materials ranging from cardboard to faux leather and come in a range of sizes and colors. Regardless of the type you have, decorating the exterior allows you to add your own personal flavor and style to the item.

Things You'll Need

  • Permanent Or Paint Markers
  • General Craft Supplies
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Craft Glue
  • Decoupage Glue
  • Stickers
  • Sealant

Arrange decorative stickers on the portfolio case. Use stickers to create a decorative border around the edge for an understated look or cover the entire case with a collage of stickers. Use stickers that depict anything from your favorite animals to ones that show support for a band or sports team you enjoy.

Paint the outside of the portfolio. Use a high-gloss acrylic paint to cover the case with a logo, picture, wording or patterns. Cover the design with a clear sealant to protect it from damage.

Add texture to the portfolio. Glue on items like glitter, sequins, plastic charms, buttons, yarn or any other object that won’t interfere with the use of the portfolio.

Decoupage pictures to your portfolio. Create an entire paper collage on the surface, simple patterns or attach a single photograph to the center. Glue the paper objects to the portfolio using decoupage glue. Allow time for the glue to dry. Apply a second layer of glue over the paper objects to seal and protect. Add more glue layers if necessary.

Draw on the surface of your portfolio with permanent markers if the base material is a light color. Use paint markers in colors like silver, white or gold for dark-colored portfolios.


  • Treat the portfolio as a blank canvas that you can transform by way of creative expression. Your decorating options are limitless.