Some colleges and universities mail the diplomas home in a cardboard tube to protect the diploma from bending and getting damaged. You can frame your diploma after it’s been rolled up; just follow these easy steps to get a flattened diploma.
Steps on Flattening your Diploma
- Find a dry, clean hard surface like a table
- Carefully unroll your diploma face down on the hard surface then cover your diploma with a clean cloth, napkin or towel
- Place some weight on each corner of the diploma. If you happen to have paperweights, that would be perfect, but you can use household items as well (such as small books, coffee cups, salt and pepper shakers, etc.)
- Place the items on each corner. Remember the cloth, napkin or towel is on top of the diploma to protect the diploma from the weighted items
- If you have a large diploma over 11” x 14” then you will want to add weight to the center and possibly the middle of each side to help get it to lay flat
- Periodically, you can check on how the flattening process is going. It shouldn’t take more than 24 hours to flatten your diploma
- When you remove the weights and pick up your diploma, you will know it is done flattening because it doesn’t roll. (If the corners roll a bit, that is okay!)
Do not iron your diploma
. It is not
recommended using an iron to flatten your diploma, especially since many of the diplomas are made of sensitive materials such as sheepskin or parchment paper
. Your diploma could potentially be damaged from ironing it (due to the heat).
These steps can be used to flatten a document or certificate.
Need a frame?
Your diploma will stay flat once it is inserted in a diploma frame. Search for your college or university
to view the different frames options available. Don’t see your school? That’s okay. You can design your own frame
. Framing your diploma will preserve and protect it for a lifetime.
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