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How to Stiffen Paper Crafts

Updated February 21, 2017

Paper crafts such as origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, allow you to create animals, people, flowers, trees and other designs by manipulating paper. One of the drawbacks of using paper is that while it is easy to manipulate, it is also fragile and can tear or become crushed. Stiffening paper allows your creations to withstand time and the elements.

Measure the piece of paper and write down the measurements. Cut a piece of card stock to the exact dimensions.

Spray the card stock with an acid-free paper adhesive. An acid-free adhesive will ensure the lighter paper item doesn't disintegrate against the card stock over time.

Press the paper item over the card stock and allow to dry for one to two hours. The card stock will stiffen and support the thinner piece of paper. This is effective for scrapbooking, particularly for magazine or newspaper clippings.

Pour acrylic glazing medium onto a paper plate. Add a few drops of acrylic paint and mix the two together with a wooden stirrer if you wish to tint the item.

Dip a 1-inch nylon brush in the substance. Coat the surface of the item with the glazing medium, covering it completely.

Allow the item to dry overnight.

Things You'll Need

  • Ruler
  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Acid free spray adhesive
  • Acrylic glazing medium
  • Paper plate
  • Acrylic paint
  • Wooden stirrer
  • 1-inch nylon brush
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About the Author

Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."