It’s easy to make coloring pages for kids using clip art and Word; you can just edit the clips to make them black and white. Here’s how:

Here’s a good style for this project:



This style is unsuitable for this project:



Step 2:

Create a new Word document and insert the clips in it

Step 3:

Resize the clips to the size you want them to print them at, and place them as you want them to display when to print them. It’s important that you do this before editing the clip, because it will be much more complicated afterwards.

Tip: if you want to display only one image per page, insert a page break after each image (Insert > Page break)

Step 4:

Select the clip you want to edit and right-click it; click Edit picture

Step 5:

Select a part of the image; right-click and select Format Autoshape. Under Fill, select color and pick the white swatch. Under Line, select color and pick the black swatch. Repeat for each image part until everything is black and white.

Step 6:

if you want to put a caption under the images, you can easily do this with text boxes (Insert > Text box).

That’s it! You’re ready to print your own free, custom coloring book!


For additional ideas see also: Customize your Clip Art with Word 2007 -- Friday, June 19, 2009.