About: Mending a torn page is a quick, easy, but important repair. There are two methods for repairing torn page: Japanese paper and Filmoplast tape. The Japanese paper method is preferred, due to easy reversibility. However, the Filmoplast tape method is good for small tears.

Things You Will Need: Japanese Paper Method

  • Japanese paper
  • Wheat paste glue (click here for instructions)
  • Paintbrush
  • Microspatula
  • Waxed paper
  • Scrap paper

Step 1: Preparation

Cut a piece of Japanese paper to the approximate size of the tear. It is OK if the piece of paper is a little bit bigger than the tear. Place the Japanese paper on a sheet of scrap paper. Using a paintbrush, paint wheat paste over the Japanese paper. Try to saturate the paper, but leave a small spot at either end glue-free so that you can pick it up. Place a sheet of waxed paper underneath the ripped page.


A book with a torn page.


Step 2: Application of Japanese Paper

Using the microspatula, pick up the Japanese paper, being careful not to rip it. Place the Japanese paper glue side down over the tear. Using the microspatula or your finger, smooth the Japanese paper into place, making sure there are no bumps. The paper should become transparent and almost blend in completely with the torn page.

Place a piece of waxed paper over the repaired tear, close the book, and allow to dry. For particularly large tears, you can repeat this whole process on the other side of the tear.


Smooth the Japanese paper with the bone folder.



Things You Will Need: Filmoplast Paper Method

  • Filmoplast tape
  • Scissors
  • Bone folder


Cut a strip of Filmoplast paper to the size of the tear. Peel off the backing and carefully place it on top of the torn area. Smooth into place with the bone folder.

Tip: It can be difficult to remove the backing from the Filmoplast tape. Using a microspatula or cutting off a corner of the tape with an Exacto knife can make this process easier.


Filmoplast Tape.