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Make your own paper - PIOG

Posted by on Mar. 25, 2014 at 7:52 PM
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We're going to make this sometime this week.  For the 'frame' I purchased a cheap splatter screen at the grocery store.  It's dual purpose and less than $5.  :)

Make beautiful paper from recycled scraps of just about any paper project you can find. Learn how to add decorative items to your paper and prepare it for writing or stamping. This is a fun craft that teaches about recycling while making a useful handmade product.

Types of Paper You Can Recycle

You can use pretty much any type of paper product for this project, but steer clear of waxed cardboard. You can use:

  • construction paper
  • printer paper
  • magazines
  • toilet paper
  • paper towels
  • paper bags
  • newspapers (will produce a grayish paper)
  • cardstock
  • non-waxed cardboard
  • napkins

Decorations

There are many materials you can add in with the paper for a decorative effect. You may wish to add flower or vegetable seeds to the paper, which can be planted.
  • flower petals
  • seeds
  • fine leaves or grass
  • foil
  • string or yarn
  • dryer lint
  • foodcoloring (you can dye your paper if you like)
  • liquid starch (add this if you want to make your paper less-absorbant so that you can write on it with ink)

Build a Frame

While you can pulp your paper and make a rough product just by pouring it out and allowing it to dry, you can form your paper into a rectangular sheet if you use a frame. I made my frame by duct-taping an old piece of screen onto a small rectangular picture frame. Alternatively, I could have stapled the screening onto the frame to make the mold. Another option is to bend a wire coat hanger into a shape and slip an old pantyhose around it to act as a screeen.

Make Your Own Paper

You are going to pulp the old paper together with water, spread it out, and allow it to dry. It's that simple!
  1. Tear the paper (feel free to mix different types) into small bits and put it into a blender.

  2. Fill the blender about 2/3 full with warm water.

  3. Pulse the blender until the pulp is smooth. If you are going to write on the paper, blend in 2 teaspoons of liquid starch.

  4. Set your mold in a shallow basin or pan. I used a cookie sheet. You could use a sink. Pour the blended mixture into the mold. Sprinkle in your mix-ins (thread, flower petals, etc.). Shake the mold from side to side, keeping it in the liquid, to level out your paper pulp mixture.

  5. You have few different options here. You could remove the mold from the liquid, let the paper dry in the mold, and then peel it off. I flipped my paper out onto my countertop and used a sponge to wick away excess water. You could press a cookie sheet onto the paper to squeeze out the excess water.

by on Mar. 25, 2014 at 7:52 PM
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hwblyf
by Silver Member on Mar. 25, 2014 at 8:14 PM
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It's been on my to do list for a while.  Thanks for the splatter screen idea!

TidewaterClan
by on Mar. 25, 2014 at 9:37 PM
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You're welcome! I wasn't up for tackling a custom-made frame & figured there had to be some kind of substitute. :)

Quoting hwblyf:

It's been on my to do list for a while.  Thanks for the splatter screen idea!

ablackdolphin
by Bronze Member on Mar. 25, 2014 at 9:48 PM
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Wow, that is really cool!

kirbymom
by Sonja on Mar. 26, 2014 at 12:50 PM
We've done this before but now I wanna do it again. :~)


Quoting hwblyf:

It's been on my to do list for a while.  Thanks for the splatter screen idea!

ColtsFan1912
by Bekah on Mar. 26, 2014 at 12:51 PM
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I keep wanting to do that. We were doing to do that when we studied Ancient Egypt but I just put too much on my plate (I love ancient Egypt) so it got skipped over. Maybe this summer.

usmom3
by BJ on Mar. 26, 2014 at 12:55 PM
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This could be fun & cool!

KickButtMama
by Shannon on Mar. 27, 2014 at 6:00 PM
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We love making paper, though it's more as decoration for scrapbook ing. It's really difficult to make the paper thin without it breaking. My advice is to make sure it's super shredded. 

mem82
by Platinum Member on Mar. 27, 2014 at 7:33 PM
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Fun!

mem82
by Platinum Member on Mar. 27, 2014 at 7:33 PM
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We've done this before, too.

TidewaterClan
by on Mar. 27, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Thanks!  I thought it might be more for show, and not go.  We'll blend the heck out of it then for the best results.

Quoting KickButtMama:

We love making paper, though it's more as decoration for scrapbook ing. It's really difficult to make the paper thin without it breaking. My advice is to make sure it's super shredded. 


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