How to Seal Paper Crafts With Acrylic Spray

Updated February 21, 2017

Preserve your paper-craft masterpieces with a clear, protective coating of acrylic. Whether you have created a mosaic, photo collage, painting, or you want to keep glitter and craft materials in place, acrylic craft spray hold your work together, add a shine to the surface and protect it from damage. Learn to apply the spray properly to best protect your creative projects.

Lay newspaper over a table or other flat surface.

Place the finished paper-craft project in the centre of the newspaper.

Shake the can of acrylic spray vigorously and remove the cap.

Hold the nozzle of the spray can about 10 inches away from the project and spray short, even strokes across the project, releasing pressure from the nozzle after each stroke. Work from the top to the bottom, creating a single, even coat.

Allow the acrylic to dry according to the label on the can. To speed the process, keep the air in the room circulating by turning a fan on to low speed. Be sure the fan is not aimed directly at the project, to avoid accidents.

Flip the project and spray the other side the same way, if you want to seal the back as well. If your project has multiple sides, repeat the process for each side that you spray.


Work in a well-ventilated area. Do not allow children to work with acrylic spray.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Acrylic spray
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About the Author

Ashley Kurz, a full-time professional writer since 2009, publishes on various informational websites. An expert in the craft field specializing in craft-related topics, Kurz has taught arts and crafts for group therapy sessions.