Things to Make Out of Oak Tag Paper
By Kathryn Rateliff Barr
, last updated March 13, 2012
Oak tag paper, also known as manilla tag and granite tag, offers a sturdy construction material for file folders. An alternative to poster board, the bright paper comes in multiple weights, colors, textures and sizes, so you can choose the appropriate paper for your project. You can find many uses for this quality paper.
In the Classroom
Heavy- to medium-weight oak tag makes durable flashcards, classroom signs, reusable worksheets and bulletin board displays. The paper might jam in some computer printers, but it works well in a commercial copy machine. Run off copies of four-up flash cards, cut them apart on an industrial paper cutter and pass out sets to students or place them in learning centers. You can laminate math flash cards or worksheets in any subject area to enable students to write answers on the card or page with dry erase or water-soluble markers and then wipe off the answer. Also consider printing letters and numbers on various colors of oak tag and cutting them out to create bulletin board content. If your school or teacher supply store has die-cut machines, save time by punching the letters, numbers or shapes out of the oak tag instead of printing and cutting them.
In the Craft Room
Print colorful oak tag gift tags for Christmas and other gift giving occasions. Oak tag also makes sturdy origami boxes for gift giving. If you are in the holiday spirit, draw or print snowflakes, Easter eggs, pumpkins or other holiday designs on the paper and cut them out to make sturdy seasonal ornaments. Color, paint, or glitter the design for added creativity and then laminate the finished product to preserve it for future years. Alternatively, use individual sheets of oak tag or long segments off a roll of oak tag to create art projects such as paintings, murals, collages and displays.
In the Sewing Room
The garment industry uses oak tag to make multi-use patterns. If you volunteered to make uniforms for a large group, transfer one complete pattern in each size and reuse the pattern as needed. You can also use the pattern paper to make purses, belts, or any other item cut from cloth or hide. Weight the pattern down on top of the fabric or hide and trace the pattern using chalk to avoid poking holes in the pattern pieces.
In the Print Shop
Oak tag offers a durable paper for making postcards, raffle tickets, signs, banners and fliers. Print report covers on the oak tag and use it to bind your annual reports or training materials. Create covers for self-published books and stitch them together with comb binding or brads. Almost any print job requiring 80-pound or heavier paper works well on medium oak tag. Posters work best on heavy oak tag paper.