How to Make Graduated Folding Programs

Create a memorial keepsake with graduated folding program.

Graduated folding programs, typically provided at memorial services, leave vertical lines of printable space on the right-hand side of the program. The vertical spaces usually have text to accompany an image or information on the program’s front page. These easy-to-make programs offer four panels of space on a one-page program and eight panels on a two-page program.

Determine whether your program needs four or eight panels of space. Downloadable printable templates often come with suggested information for each panel.

Download a template. Simple templates without suggested information can be downloaded for free, or there are several sites that offer more complete color templates for purchase.

Compile the information you would like to include in the program. Programs can include a poem, obituary and service schedule.

Insert the information into the program template.

Print the template and fold it into a graduated folding program.

Elisabeth Johnson is a rhetoric and technical communications Ph.D. student with interests in social and humanitarian issues, ecocriticism and sustainability. She has been writing since 2005 and has published in the "Concho River Review" and the "San Angelo Standard Times." Johnson holds a B.A. and M.A. in English.