Homemade Paper

Making homemade paper is a fun activity for you and your child. You can talk about the importance of recycling while you work on your sheets of homemade paper. This activity can be a bit messy, so lay out plenty of newspapers in the work area, or even better, do this outside.

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You’ll Need

* paper like old newspapers
* Sponge
* Window Screening
* Wood Frame
* Plastic Tub (Large enough to totally immerse frame)
* Blender or Food Processor
* White Felt or Flannel Fabric
* Staples or Tacks
* Liquid starch

Directions:

Tear the paper into small pieces and add them to the blender until it is about half full. Fill the blender with warm water and slowly pulse it to combine the paper and water. Once they start to combine, you can crank the blender up to a higher speed and continue blending until you have a fine pulp.

To make the mold, stretch a piece of window screen over a wooden frame and staple it. Stretch it as tight as possible for best results.

Fill plastic tub about half way with water. Add 3 blender loads of pulp. Stir the mixture until well combined.

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.

Slowly lift the mold up and allow most of the water to drip out.

If the paper seems too thick, remove some of the pulp from the tub and start over. If your paper looks too thin, add more pulp to the mixture.

Once most of the water has dripped out of the mold, gently place one edge on the side of the fabric and ease the mold down flat. Use a sponge to press out as much water as possible. Wring the excess water from the sponge back into the large plastic tub.

Slowly lift the edge of the mold. The wet sheet of paper should remain on the fabric.

Cover the sheet of paper with another sheet of fabric and repeat the process until you end up with a stack of homemade paper sandwiched inbetween pieces of fabric.

Spread the pieces of paper out on some newspapers – each of them still lying on their sheet of fabric. Once they are completely dry, peel the paper from the fabric.

Your homemade paper is now ready to be used.

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