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I am a crafting and paper-craft nut but when I sit down to create, I end up with paper everywhere. Short of having the garbage can underfoot constantly, I came up with a better idea. I cut a large circle out of a coffee can (leaving the rim of the plastic top intact) then put a doggie poop bag inside the can and put the top back on the can. Now I can have a smaller garbage can close at all times and when the can gets full, I just remove the bag, tie it up and toss it in the garbage can. I then replace with another doggie bag and I am ready for more creating!
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Is there a way to or some product you can apply to construction paper to make it stiffen up a bit, like you'd apply starch to make fabric stiff?
Have you tried Mog Podge? Its a sealer, glue and finish all in one and does make whatever you put it on stiffer.
You can also use diluted white glue to varnish and stiffen paper. You'll have to experiment to get the right dilution formula for your particular application, I usually go with one third water to two thirds glue in a recycled jar, and paint it on with a craft paint brush.
You and your children will love making these cute little paper love bugs. This is a page about construction paper love bugs kids' craft.