Papercrafts 101: Types of Papers Used for Crafting.

A List to Help You Decide What Type of Paper to Use for Your Craft Projects

Don't know what type of paper to use for a craft?Check out this handy list!

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    Card Stock

    card stock paper
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    Card stock is a medium weight paper. It is heavier than printer paper and thinner than cardboard. Card stock is often used for crafting greeting cards, scrapbooking, handmade boxes, and more.This paper comes in a variety of textures and colors. It can also be lignin and acid-free.

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    Construction Paper

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    Construction paper is popular for children's crafts because it is inexpensive and comes in a many colors. It has a rough texture and is hard to fold. Construction paper is not for projects that are meant to last a long time because the colors fade quickly.

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    Corrugated Card Board

    Corrugated paper cardboard
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    This type of cardboard usually has two thin outer layers of paper, with a fluted sheet of paper in the middle. Cardboard boxes are made out of corrugated cardboard because it is an incredibly robust and durable type of paper. Although corrugated cardboard is stiff, it can be difficult to cut.Use a sharp craft knife and ruler for the best cutting results.

    Cardboard boxes can be made into toy houses, cars, spaceships, and even furniture! You are only limited by your imagination! The fluted middle...MORE can be used in scrapbooking and card making.

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    Crepe Paper

    a roll of pink crepe paper
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    Crepe paper is a type of thinly coated tissue paper. It is gathered to produce a crinkled surface which stretches easily. It comes in many colors and is sold in rolls or sheets. Crepe paper is often used for paper flower making with stunning results. Crepe paper streamers are used as party decorations. Many kids crafts are also made out of crepe paper.Make sure to use a higher grade of crepe paper when making paper flowers.

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    Kraft Paper

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    Kraft paper is a coarse brown paper that is used for wrapping packages. Paper bags are madefrom kraft paper.It can be bleached to various lighter shades of brown to white.Kraft paper is available in sheets or paper rolls.

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    Mulberry Paper

    light brown mulberry paper
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    Mulberry paper is a handmade paper that originated in China. It is made from the fibers of the mulberry plant and produces an exceptionally lightweight but durable paper.It has texture and an organic look. It is often used for scrapbooking and collage work.

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    Newsprint

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    Newsprint is the paper used for printing newspapers. It is a cheap paper that is thick enough to be printed on both sides. Newsprint is often used for paper mache projects. It tears easily and holds paper mache paste well.

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    Origami Paper

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    Origami paper crafts can be made out of any paper that folds well.Craft stores sell prepackaged paper that is used specifically for origami. They usually have Washi paper designs on one side and a white background on the other. The paper is square and folds well, but often may be on the thin side.

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    Scrapbook Paper

    Halloween scrapbook paer
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    Scrapbook paper is available for sale at craft stores. This paper comes in thousands of patterns and designs.The choices can be overwhelming! Some papers are thicker than others, and some are printed on both sides. Standard scrapbook paper sizes are 12" x 12" or 8.5" x 11" .

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    Tissue Paper

    a stack of colored tissue paper
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    Tissue paper is a very thin paper that comes in a variety of colors. White tissue paper is used to wrap items in stores. Colored tissue paper is used for gift bags, paper flowers, collage work and even painting. Tissue paper also makes great pom-poms which are used for party decorations.

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    Vellum

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    Vellum paper is translucent and quite thin. It is used for card making, scrapbooking and tracing. Vellum is often used as a layer in wedding invitations or fancy greeting cards.

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    Decoupage Paper

    seashell decoupage paper
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    Decoupage is the art of gluing cut out pictures onto an object. Furniture, jewelry, glass plates, paper boxes, and light switches are just some of the objects that can be decorated with decoupage.

    Craft stores sell beautiful printed papers that are used specifically for decoupage, but any thin paper, such as glossy magazine cut outs or tissue paper will work.

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    pink flower washi paper
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    Washi paper was invented by the Japanese. It is exceptionally beautiful and can stand alone as art work. It is strong, translucent and used for a variety of crafts.

    Washi can be used for card making, scrapbooking, wall paper, book binding, screens, origami and many other  crafts.