A number of crafts, such as doily streamers and��paper snowflakes, call for stiffened paper. Paper is fairly easy to stiffen using the following steps.
If the paper has folds in it, heat up an iron to a low setting so that it is warm and not hot. Use it to gently flatten the creases.
Use a fabric stiffening product, such as��spray starch or a roll-on stiffener,��to coat both sides of the paper.
Leave the paper to dry overnight.
Projects such as doily bowls��call for a harder surface than fabric stiffener can offer. Crafters can use glue to stiffen paper in these projects using the following steps.
Dilute white glue with water.
Use a paintbrush to brush the glue mixture onto both sides of the paper.
Shape the paper over a balloon to give it its shape.
Crafters using thin or delicate paper such as doilies should layer the paper by brushing more of the glue mixture onto the form, adding a layer of paper and then brushing over the paper.
Let the glue dry completely, then remove the form.