Thirteen Types of Paper to Use for Your Next Craft Project

Jun 28 2018
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OMG have you seen some of those craft rooms on Pinterest!? Just the rolls upon rolls of gorgeous paper alone are seriously DROOL WORTHY even for me and I don’t even craft lol My “craft room” is actually my workshop and looks like the tool aisle at Home Depot (though everything is grungy and not new at all) still though, all of those craft rooms give me major organization envy! The following is an article submitted to Grandma’s House DIY that I felt was really informative.

Many people know the pleasure that comes from paper crafting. Some are so dedicated to it that they have entire rooms in their house devoted to crafting, with islands, cabinets, drawers, and closets intended exclusively for their materials, and plenty of space to work.

One of the materials needed for successful crafting is paper. You may be surprised at how many types of paper there are. Here are a few of them.

Crepe Paper

Many people know the pleasure that comes from papers crafting. So dedicated to it that they have entire rooms in their house devoted to it and paper!

This is a type of stretchy tissue paper with a thin coat. It is crinkled to make it “crepey.” Crepe paper comes in a variety of patterns and colors and can be bought in sheets or rolls. Because it already resembles the petals of flowers such as poppies, crepe paper is often used to make flowers.

Mulberry Paper

Many people know the pleasure that comes from papers crafting. So dedicated to it that they have entire rooms in their house devoted to it and paper!

Originally made in China, this paper is made from mulberry tree fibers. The paper is light, tough and has a pleasingly coarse texture. The fibers of the mulberry bark are often seen in the paper itself.

Newsprint

Many people know the pleasure that comes from papers crafting. So dedicated to it that they have entire rooms in their house devoted to it and paper!

Of course, this inexpensive paper is used to create newspapers and other periodicals. It is lightweight but thick and sturdy enough to hold print on both sides without the print bleeding through. It is often sold in large rolls and is popular for papier-mâché.

Cardstock

Many people know the pleasure that comes from papers crafting. So dedicated to it that they have entire rooms in their house devoted to it and paper!

Cardstock is the most popular kind of paper used for crafting. Its weight falls between newsprint and cardboard. It is stiff but easy to tear and is most commonly found in greeting cards.

Cardstock comes in many patterns, colors, and textures and is sometimes acid-free. This makes it excellent for crafting, archiving, and scrapbooking.

Translucent Vellum

Many people know the pleasure that comes from papers crafting. So dedicated to it that they have entire rooms in their house devoted to it and paper!

Translucent vellum sheets are traditionally made from the skin of a newborn calf. Because it is translucent, or allows light to pass through it, vellum is often used for tracing. It can be used in different ways, such as when you place it over a photo for a faded effect or layer it to tone down other parts of your project, adding dimensions and an ombré effect.

Parchment

Many people know the pleasure that comes from papers crafting. So dedicated to it that they have entire rooms in their house devoted to it and paper!

Like vellum, parchment paper is also used to be made from animal skin. It is not as fine as vellum and is made from the skin of an older calf, sheep, or goat. Both types of paper have been used for thousands of years.

Construction Paper

Many people know the pleasure that comes from papers crafting. So dedicated to it that they have entire rooms in their house devoted to it and paper!

Construction paper is a favorite of children because it can be cut easily with dull scissors and comes in many bright colors. It is tough, has a rough texture, and is hard to fold. The colors of construction paper tend to fade fairly quickly.

Corrugated Cardboard

Many people know the pleasure that comes from papers crafting. So dedicated to it that they have entire rooms in their house devoted to it and paper!

This type of paper is so tough and durable that it’s famously used for boxes. It’s made out of two layers of paper and has a corrugated sheet between them. Its toughness makes it hard to cut, but with a craft knife, it can be made into all manner of items, including quite useable furniture.

Rice Paper

Many people know the pleasure that comes from papers crafting. So dedicated to it that they have entire rooms in their house devoted to it and paper!

This paper is indeed traditionally made from rice, but it’s also made from other plant materials. Some people think of mulberry paper as a type of rice paper. There are even types of rice paper that can be eaten. It is excellent for origami and decoupage. 

Kraft Paper

Many people know the pleasure that comes from papers crafting. So dedicated to it that they have entire rooms in their house devoted to it and paper!

This is the brown paper shopping bags used to be made of. It is still used for paper lunch bags, for wrapping presents and packages, and for crafting. Kraft paper can be bleached and made into interesting paper flowers. Like newsprint, it can come in large rolls. 

Copy Paper

Many people know the pleasure that comes from papers crafting. So dedicated to it that they have entire rooms in their house devoted to it and paper!

This is what people think of as plain old paper. Inexpensive but versatile, this type of paper can be used for origami as well as crafts. That it can be printed on gives it an edge when it comes to some other types of craft paper.

Tissue Paper

Many people know the pleasure that comes from papers crafting. So dedicated to it that they have entire rooms in their house devoted to it and paper!

This is a delicate paper that is dyed a wide range of colors. Salespeople often wrap presents in white tissue paper, and colored tissue paper lines the insides of gift bags. It’s also used as party streamers and to make flowers and pom-poms for parties.

Washi Paper

Many people know the pleasure that comes from papers crafting. So dedicated to it that they have entire rooms in their house devoted to it and paper!

Washi literally means “Japanese paper.” It is made from the fibers of specific shrubs and trees native to Japan and is more robust than regular paper made from wood pulp. It can be used for crafting and to make a great number of useful things, including clothing, toys, wallpaper, and ritual items. Some examples of washi paper are amazingly beautiful.

Other Examples

Other types of craft paper include origami paper. This is not a specific type of paper but can be any paper that keeps a crisp fold. Scrapbook paper is also not one kind of paper but comes in books with uncountable designs. Scrapbook paper can be thin or thick, printed on one side or printed on both sides.

Decoupage papers are pictures that are cut out and glued on a surface. The pictures also come in books like scrapbook paper, or they can simply be snipped out of a magazine.

Whatever types of paper you use for your project, the goal is to have fun making it. Whether the paper ends up as paper flowers or pom-poms, sculptures, invitations, origami animals, or even food, your project should give you pleasure.

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Many people know the pleasure that comes from papers crafting. So dedicated to it that they have entire rooms in their house devoted to it and paper!

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2 Comments

  1. Liz Nix
    July 2, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    From your description they are two different products. Also, parchment paper is not made from animal skin.

    • July 3, 2018 at 8:15 am

      Hey Liz, I actually did some research before being willing to post those statements on Grandma’s House DIY. I changed the wording a bit because, of course, those two types of papers are NO LONGER made from animal skin. But as the one mentions, “traditionally” it used to be made from animal skin as many types of papers were. I thought it was interesting to get a history of the papers as well as their current functions (even if it does seem a bit creepy lol.) Thanks for coming by and commenting!

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