I have always wanted to make homemade paper. There are so many things you can make with paper, and what a wonderful way to reduce garbage from going into the landfill. In my case, the past couple of years I took about 10 bags of used Christmas
wrapping paper to use just for this purpose. My whole intention is to make a butt load of paper. I found some great sources to guide me along in my journey of becoming a paper-maker. But instead of going there, follow my easy instructions with photos here!
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Step 1: Collect paper.
Step 2. Get rid of tape. I’m not sure if taking off the tape does anything but common senses makes me think that it’s a slippery surface and if left intact the final paper product may not stay together.
Step 3: Cut into small pieces. Easier to stuff in a blender.
Step 4: Fill the blender about 1/2 to 2/3 water and start adding paper. I add a handful at a time because if you add too much it could make the pulp too dry, and cause your blender to stall. If it get’s too dry, just add more water.
Tip: Collect brightly colored paper that can’t be recycled (at least in our city) and add to your blender to add color. By adding a teal envelope to my pulp I ended up getting light blue finished product.
Step 5: Prop the screen over a surface that’s okay to get wet. I put mine over the ledge of the tub. I have a handy hand sprayer to help me clean up the mess. Over a sink would do just fine. I found an old window screen on the boulevard during spring clean up. No purchase necessary. I used some tulle because I though the holes on the screen would be too big.
Tip: You can buy wood frames made for making a canvas at a craft store, then buy screen and staple around the frame. I have had trouble finding screen in my town so I used a window screen that I had on hand.
Step 6: Dump pulp over the screen.
Step 7: Lay a towel on top of the pulp. In my case I used an old Tshirt that was destined for the garbage anyways. (this blog is about being green, reducing waste :))
Step 8: Roll out the excess water with the roller, this also flattens it.
Step 9: Gently lift screen off sink, holding the towel/t-shirt steady to release from screen. Once dry enough, lift paper off towel/old T-shirt.
Step 10: Place on rack to dry quicker. Once dry, place under heavy books to flatten.
Some things you can make with this paper. Stationary, gift tags, cards, use in scrap-booking and ornaments. I intend on blogging about what I make with my homemade paper once I accrue enough. So please come back! See you soon!