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How To Make Polyvinyl Acetate Projects

Polyvinyl acetate (PVA) is a rubbery synthetic polymer used in bookbinding and book arts for its flexibility and because it is one of the few non-acidic polymers. Discovered in Germany by Dr. Fritz Klatte in 1912, PVA has become the adhesive of choice for many. We love PVA for bookbinding, making books, papier-mache, making paper flowers, as well as for the great ideas below.

Methyl Cellulose is a great partner to PVA. Reversible and flexible, it can be added to PVA to extend the drying time and workability. Used alone it's ideal for collage projects, especially for papers with natural fibers such as our Japanese and Lokta papers.

Handmade Note Pad

PVA Glue
Methyl Cellulose Glue
Glue Brushes

Make a Note Pad
We love finding ways to use left over paper. How about a note pad for your home or office? Cut paper scraps to the same size and organize in the order in which you want them.

Wrap your stack of paper with a piece of bookboard then secure with binder clips to hold your pages firmly together (the bookboard will prevent the clips from indenting the paper). Brush PVA along one edge of the paper - the edge where you want your pages to be joined. Allow to dry for 2-3 hours, then remove the clips and bookboard.

Make a Book
Try your hand at book binding, we insist! There are few things more satisfying than making a book with your very own hands. Paper Source has many do-it-yourself bookbinding kits that take the mystery out of the bookbinding process. And if you want hands on help, come to our next bookbinding workshop at your local Paper Source store location.

Decoupage ideas: Flower planter

Decoupage a Container
PVA can be used as both an adhesive and as a varnish to seal paper, perfect for decoupage and collage projects. PVA dries clear and can be sanded smooth with sandpaper or steel wool to achieve a matte look. To decoupage a container, as with this Halloween treat basket (a metal flower planter), mark the container's shape onto your paper and trim it down to size (wrapping paper works well, but you can use all kinds of paper). Use a glue brush to apply PVA to the container, then attach your paper. Let dry for 2-3 hours. You can leave the paper as is or apply a layer of PVA onto the outside of the paper as a varnish.

See our How-to Video for more information on PVA & Methyl Cellulose.