How to Use Acetate Sheets

by Marlene Inglis; Updated September 26, 2017
Use acetate sheets on overhead projectors for projecting presentations on screen.

Acetates sheets, also called transparency sheets come in a variety of sizes, thicknesses and colors and its applications are varied from presentations in an educational environment to cake decorations in the baking and confectionery world. They are sold at craft and office supply stores and come in many brands to suit each individual's need.

Items you will need

  • Acetate sheets
  • Sharpie pens
  • Laser printer
  • Overhead projector
  • Scrapbook
  • Branches
  • Leaves
  • Mushrooms
  • Scissors
  • Decorative cords
  • Christmas theme shapes
Step 1

Use acetates instead of regular sheets of computer paper to print text and pictures for presentations in the classroom. When handling the acetate, hold at the edges since fingerprints leave marks on the sheets. Do not use acetate in a laser printer. Colored acetate sheets can be combined to teach students about color and light.

Step 2

Cover photos in a scrapbook with acetate for added protection.

Step 3

Stamp or trace a favorite pattern or shape on clear acetate and then cut out or emboss the shapes to create an overlay on homemade greeting cards.

Step 4

Create cutouts or custom shapes with liquid chocolate on acetate and leave to harden then remove and use for decorating cakes. Clear sheets of 19-inches-by-24-inches and .005 mm thickness are suitable for this purpose. Sheets are also used for lining dessert molds because of easy removal. Use only FDA-approved sheets for direct food applications.

Step 5

Scan messy items such branches, leaves, mushrooms for art pieces. Place an acetate sheet on the glass bed of the scanner and then another sheet over the items make these jobs pleasurable, fun and less messy.

Step 6

Custom design your own Christmas decorations by tracing popular Christmas shapes such as Santa Claus, a gingerbread man, candles or candy canes onto acetate, then color with a sharpie marker and cut out with scissors. Insert a hole through the top of acetate, thread decorative cord through the hole and hang on the Christmas tree.

About the Author

Marlene Inglis started writing in 1993. Her papers on creative writing and effective written communication were published in the school magazine "Portico" and her work also appeared in the "Belgian Nursery" magazine. Inglis holds a Bachelor of Science and Ontario Diploma in Horticulture from the University of Guelph.

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