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handmade paper is a perfect after school project for your children…simple, a little messy & lots of fun….you can make paper out of almost anything….we made lavender & grass paper….and even cinnamon paper….here’s the 411 about making your own paper….use your imagination & enjoy….

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SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED:

 

  • Sponge
  • Window Screening (mold)
  • Wood Frame (old picture frame can be used too) (deckle)
  • Plastic Basin/Tub (Large enough to totally immerse frame)
  • Blender/Food Processor (For making paper pulp)
  • White Felt or Flannel Fabric
  • Staples or Tacks (For tacking screen on frame)
  • Liquid starch (optional) 
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    INSTRUCTIONS:

           

    1. Select the pieces of paper to be recycled. You can even mix different types to create your own unique paper.

    2. Rip the paper into small bits, and place into the blender. (about half full). Fill the blender with warm water. Run the blender slowly at first then increase the speed until the pulp looks smooth and well blended. ( 30 -40 seconds) Check that no flakes of paper remain. If there are, blend longer.

    3. The next step is to make a mold. The mold, in this case, is made simply by stretching fiberglass screen (plain old door and window screen) over a wooden frame and stapling it. It should be as tight as possible.

    4. Fill the basin about half way with water. Add 3 blender loads of pulp. (the more pulp you add the thicker the finished paper will be) Stir the mixture.

    5. Now is the time to add the liquid starch for sizing.(This is not necessary but if the paper is going to be used for writing on, you should add some, the starch helps to prevent inks from soaking into the paper fibers.) Stir 2 teaspoons of liquid starch into the pulp.

    Place the mold into the pulp and then level it out while it is submerged. Gently wiggle it side-to-side until the pulp on top of the screen looks even.

    6. Slowly lift the mold up until it is above the level of the water. Wait until most of the water has drained from the new paper sheet. If the paper is very thick, remove some pulp from the tub. If it is too thin, add more pulp and stir the mixture again.

    7. When the mold stops dripping, gently place one edge on the side of a fabric square (felt or flannel square). Gently ease the mold down flat, with the paper directly on the fabric. Use a sponge to press out as much water as possible. Wring the excess water from the sponge back into the large plastic tub.

    8. Now comes the tricky part. Hold the fabric square flat and slowly lift the edge of the mold. The wet sheet of paper should remain on the fabric. If it sticks to the mold, you may have pulled to fast or not pressed out enough water. It takes a little practice. You can gently press out any bubbles and loose edges at this point.

    9. Repeat the steps above, and stack the fabric squares on a cookie sheet. Save one fabric square to place on the top of the stack to cover the last piece of paper. Use another cookie sheet to press the remaining water out of the stack. (do this outside or in the bathtub, it can make a mess)

    10. After you press the stack, gently separate the sheets. They can be dried by hanging on a clothesline or laying them out on sheets of newspaper. When they have dried peel them off the fabric and voila! you have paper!

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    this is a great way to teach little ones about recycling & when your paper is dry you can draw or paint on it…handmade paper would make super sweet save the dates for a wedding or birthday party too!

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    XOXO

    a little more sweetness...

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    1. Sep 23-2009 , 07:35AM
      Lovely... I am SOOOOO doing this! Thanks for the great post and lovely photos.
    2. Sep 23-2009 , 08:01AM
      Ahhhh, I used to LOVE making homemade paper when I was a kid! These bring back good memories!
    3. Sep 23-2009 , 08:14AM
      I love your blog!! So breathtakingly beautiful!! I just thought you'd also like to know about the beautiful art that my husband and I create......amazing Fairy Treehouses and little enchanting fairy furniture. I thought perhaps you might like to superimpose some of the wedding couples in photos of our fairy house or little furniture! It would be so enchanting and so different! They also might like to have our magical and beautiful creations at their wedding as gifts or conversation pieces. Hope you'll visit my website......lots of pictures of everything we do!!
      Thanks so much and I know I'll keep visiting your blog! It's truely enchanting, too!!

      Debbie
    4. Sep 23-2009 , 08:30AM
      I did this in art class when I was in elementary school! Great idea to make it an at-home project for your kids!
    5. Sep 23-2009 , 04:20PM
      lllllooove it? I absolutely love lavender and I will do this!!!!! wish me luck
    6. Sep 23-2009 , 09:22PM
      I LOVE handmade paper...did it once...LOVE it, but a little messy ;O
    7. Sep 24-2009 , 01:14PM
      Wow! That's a fun art project! Thanks for sharing!
    8. Sep 24-2009 , 06:00PM
      omg...this is incredible. definitely a DIY i will try. thanks so much!

      P.S. your blog is amazing and has become a daily visit for me. :)
    9. Sep 24-2009 , 09:54PM
      Wow, that's so cool!
    10. Sep 27-2009 , 01:32PM
      I spent an entire summer making paper like this once when I was in high school. Letting it dry in the sun sometimes gives the paper a cool sunbleached look.

      Beautiful blog :)
    11. Sep 28-2009 , 10:24AM
      love it! a great idea....but mostly I am jealous of your food processor! I want it ;) xxx
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    14. Oct 24-2009 , 06:07AM
      Hi Elizabeth, I'm so glad to have found your blog through design aglow (i'm in the article right before yours) this is amazing, i have not made paper since I was a kid. i love how you capture the process, i can smell it through the computer!
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    16. Dec 04-2009 , 04:55PM
      this would be so great for holiday tags or cards. thanks so much for sharing! xo
    17. Dec 05-2009 , 04:06AM
      We made this at school! I could try making one :]
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    19. Mar 08-2011 , 11:40AM
      Beautiful! I can't wait to try :)
    20. Apr 20-2011 , 09:48AM
      i loved making paper as a girl and haven't had the chance to in forever, thanks for inspiring me to try it again! i hope you don't mind if i feature your lovely DIY on my little bloggity blog. your photos are just so lovely and easy to follow.

      http://finelittlehome.blogspot.com/2011/04/diy-earth-day.html

      off to make some pretty paper!
    21. Apr 30-2011 , 07:32AM
      omg...i LOVE this...handmade paper how to!!!! and your blog...i LOVE it here...so HAPPY to have discovered you and it...and this!!!
    22. May 18-2011 , 06:19AM
      This is amazing! I love paper so much!
      I will give it a try really soon! Thank you for sharing!

      Tatiana
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    26. Jun 25-2012 , 03:05PM
      Great ideas and stunning photos. I can't wait to make some beautiful papers for handmade cards. Thanks for the post.
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