How to Harden Paper Crafts

Make your paper crafts last longer by hardening them. This can be done by using the decoupage technique. Decoupage is a form of glue that adheres to the paper and makes it hard and strong. Buy pre-made decoupage paste, or make your own at home by mixing equal parts of water with white glue.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper

  • Clear acrylic sealer

  • Decoupage medium such as Mod Podge Paper

  • White glue

  • Water

  • Sponge brush

  • Paintbrush

Step 1

Cover your work surface with newspaper to protect it from dripping decoupage solution.

Step 2

Spray your paper creation with an acrylic sealer spray before beginning the decoupage. Wait for the sealer to dry completely before continuing.

Step 3

Brush decoupage medium or a mixture of white glue and water onto the paper. Do one side at a time and allow each side to dry before flipping it over to do the other side. This can be done with a sponge brush or paintbrush. A sponge brush may work better for thinner paper.

Step 4

Allow the paper crafts to dry overnight.

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