Construction paper

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An inexpensive, heavy paper produced in many colors and sizes. Construction paper is made from groundwood pulp and is not durable. Many of the colors are water-soluble and most are susceptible to fading. Construction paper is used primarily by children for posters, costumes, crafts, and school projects.

Synonyms and Related Terms

papier de bricolage (Fr.)


  • Most colors fade in sunlight

Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Most of the colors are water soluble.

Resources and Citations

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Boise Cascade Paper Group, The Paper Handbook, Boise Cascade, Portland OR, 1989
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998