Tagboard Definition, Uses, and Craft Ideas

Tagboard is a wonderful cross between paper and cardboard.


Similar to poster board, tagboard is a lightweight cardboard suitable for making crafts, signs, and posters. It comes in a variety of sizes, colors, and styles. While many people believe that poster board and tag board are identical, tag board is generally thinner than poster board.

Uses for Tagboard

Tagboard is stiffer than paper but thinner than cardboard. This makes it an ideal weight for easy cutting, even by very young children.

Tagboard is also relatively inexpensive, so it can be used in quantity at home or at school. Because it can be bought in multi-colored packages, it can also be used for art and craft projects at a reasonable cost. Some typical tagboard projects include:

  • Signs: tagboard is stiff and tough enough to be used for signs at pep rallies or other events. It is often used for political signs, temporary way-finding signs, and yard sale signs. 
  • Classroom posters: many teachers encourage students to create posters to illustrate their understanding of a subject. Tagboard is an ideal backing for presentations that include glued-on pictures, timelines, and other informational elements.
  • Two-dimensional art projects: because it is easy to cut and work with, tagboard is often used for art projects -- particularly with younger children. 
  • Three-dimensional craft projects: although it is not as stiff as cardboard, tagboard can be used for a wide range of three-dimensional craft projects. The material is appropriate for use by all ages.

    Tagboard Project Examples

    Two-dimensional tagboard projects:

    • Cut-out shapes. These are often cut out letters or numbers, or shapes used to represent different types of weather (clouds, sun, rain) or holidays (hearts, snowflakes, turkeys, etc.)
    • Layered shapes that interact with one another.  A common example involves the cutting out tagboard clock hands which are attached with a paper fastener to a tagboard clock face so that children can "set their clocks" to a particular time.
    • Mosaics. Pieces of tagboard can be cut and fitted together on a larger piece of tagboard to create representational or abstract images.

    Three-dimensional tagboard projects:

    • Tagboard costume pieces. Tagboard is ideal for curving and stapling into various shapes. This makes it the perfect material for constructing crowns, playing card costumes, simple hats, daggers, and much more.
    • Tagboard creatures and structures. Tagboard can be cut and taped or stapled to make multi-layered stand-up items such as pop-up cards, three-dimensional animals, pyramids, etc.
    • Rolled tagboard projects. Tagboard is thin enough to be rolled into sturdy cylinders. Tagboard cylinders can be used to build "structures," or as part of projects such as marble mazes.
    • Tagboard on cardboard projects. Cardboard, being stronger and stiffer than tagboard, can form a base or frame, while tagboard can be used to make a covering. Examples of this type of craft project include construction of models, birdhouses, dollhouses, train sheds, or other structures with cardboard bases and tagboard coverings.