In order to stiffen paper, coat both sides of the paper with a fabric stiffening product. Allow the product to dry overnight.
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.
- Flatten the paper
- Coat the paper with fabric stiffener
- Let the stiffener dry
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.
- Mix glue with water
- Brush glue onto the paper
- Shape the paper
- Layer the paper
- Let the glue dry
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.