Handmade Paper – How to Make Your Own Homemade Paper From Recycled Paper

Handmade paper has such a beautiful feel to it. You can use it for papercrafts, cards, and more. But did you know that you can make your own homemade using the paper in your recycling bin?

Any paper that doesn’t have a shiny coating will work. In fact, newspaper works the best, so raid that paper recycling bin and let’s get started!

You’ll need:

- Recyclable paper

- Small Screens. Any flat screening will work, so you can use an old window screen or simply nylon hosiery stretched over a frame. You’ll probably want two screens, so you can work in batches.

-  A pan or tub, which your screen will need to fit into. (A rubber dish tub is ideal.)

- Water

- Blender

-White Glue

-Towels

-Iron

How to Make Your Handmade Paper

1. Tear the paper into strips. (You’ll want to tear the strips – instead of cutting – because you want to expose more surface area.

2. Place the paper strips into your rubber tub. You’ll want it about 2/3 full of strips.

3. Pour water over the strips until they are just submerged.

4. Stir the water-paper mixture with your hands.

5. Soak the paper strips. If you used cold water, you’ll need to soak for several hours. If you used hot water, they’ll be ready for step 6 in about 30 minutes. Different water temperatures and soaking times will achieve different results.

6. When the paper is soft and pulpy, mix it thoroughly with your hands again.

7. Blend the pulp and water mixture in a blender. Do it in batches if necessary, but do not put the blended pulp back into the tub.

8. When all the paper pulp is blended, pour a few inches of water into the dish tub. Stir in a tablespoon of white glue.

9. Set the screen down into the water in the tub.

10. Pour about 1 cup of the blended pulp onto the submerged screen. Using your hands, spread it thoroughly over the screen, making sure to incorporate the water and glue.

11. Lift the screen from the water, and set it where it can drain well.

12. Invert the screen onto a towel. Lift the screen off; there should be damp pulp sitting on the towel.

13. Lay another towel over the pulp.

14. Once the pulp is between the two towels, run a hot clothes iron over the top towel to steam out the moisture and smooth the paper.

15. Leave your pulp to dry for about 24 hours.

16. Cut into sheets and cards.

Enjoy your new handmade paper!