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Make handmade paper
Make your own paper using old newspaper and easy to find supplies.

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  • How to make paper. How To Make Paper - Step 1
    Step 1

    Here's a photo of what you'll need:
    Blender
    2 flat frames
    2 rubber bands
    Newspaper or any recycled paper
    Americana Acrylics (to color your pulp)
    Plastic screen (1 yard should be plenty)
    Large bin
    Staple gun

  • How to make paper. How To Make Paper - Step 2
    Step 2

    Remove the glass and cardboard from your frames, you only need the frame
    Cut two pieces of screen the exact size of your frame
    Staple one piece of screen to the flat side of one frame making sure it's taut
    Sandwich the stapled screen in between both frames with a rubber band
    *Flat sides together

  • How to make paper. How To Make Paper - Step 3
    Step 3

    Rip up about 2 sheets of newspaper or several sheets of copy paper
    Fill your blender 3/4 full with water
    Add Americana Acrylic Paint to the water
    Blend until the paper becomes pulp
    *It will look cloudy

  • How to make paper. How To Make Paper - Step 4
    Step 4

    Pour the contents into a bin and add more water if you want
    With the plain frame on top, scoop the pulp from the bin catching it on top of the stapled screen
    Carefully remove the top frame and place the extra piece of screen on top of the pulp
    Using a sponge, remove as much water as you can from the pulp
    Carefully peel the flat, wet pulp from the screen and place it between two sheets of newspaper

  • Step 5

    Watch the video tutorial here:

  • How to make paper. How To Make Paper - Step 6
    Step 6

    Place a pressing cloth on the newspaper and iron the flat pulp until it's dry and becomes a sheet of beautiful paper
    *You can also let your pieces dry naturally overnight

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Charyawn221
Charyawn221
LOVE IT!!!!
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Flo Di
Flo Di · 7 projects
This is so awesome and ingenious! I have to try this
Mark Montano
Mark Montano · 357 projects
Glad you like the project Flo!
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Katzilla
Katzilla · 14 projects
Mark, these are fantastic! I made some lovely teal paper with this method, thank you!
Mark Montano
Mark Montano · 357 projects
I made blue paper this weekend, too! Happy
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Syeyon K.
Syeyon K. · Kathmandu, Central Region, NP · 67 projects
These are great Mark!
Mark Montano
Mark Montano · 357 projects
Glad you like them Syeyon! I really like making paper. It relaxes me.
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