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How to Flatten a Rolled Diploma

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Some colleges and universities mail diplomas home in cardboard tubes to protect the documents from bending and getting damaged while in transit. You can frame your diploma after it’s been rolled up; just follow these easy steps to flatten it.

Steps for Flattening Your Diploma

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  1. Find a dry, clean hard surface (like a table) and carefully unroll your diploma facedown.
  2. Place some weight on each corner of the diploma. If you don’t have paperweights, use household items like small books, coffee mugs, or salt and pepper shakers.
  3. Before putting a weighted item on each corner, place a cloth, napkin, or towel on top of the diploma to protect it from damage.
  4. If you have a large diploma that’s over 11” x 14”, also add weight to the center and the middle of each side to help the diploma lay flat.
  5. Check on the diploma’s progress every few hours and adjust the weights as necessary. It shouldn’t take more than 24 hours to flatten your diploma.
  6. Remove the weights and pick up your diploma. If it doesn’t roll up, it’s done flattening. (If the corners roll a bit, that’s okay!)

Important tip: Do not iron your diploma. Many diplomas are made of sensitive materials, such as sheepskin or parchment paper, and could be damaged by the heat.

Invest in a Frame!

Your diploma will stay flat once it is inserted into 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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