Making very cool paper can be actually quite easy. This instructable shows a method I have found to work very well, even for young children or people who have never done anything like making paper.
If you happen to be on Kauai, come by Art Night in Hanapepe. Every Friday night I run a free community art project there, making paper out of all natural fibers collected from the area. You can learn more about that at http://radiantkauai.org
Since not everyone has a hau bush or banana plants in their backyard, we'll make our paper using a disposable paper coffee cup as source material.
You'll need the following:
Paper coffee cup
Two plastic tubs with relatively flush bottoms (dish tubs work well)
Chicken wire or metal mesh,
Window screen, the non-metal kind
Waterproof foil tape, or duct tape in a pinch
two pieces of felt, or a towel or sheet
Step 1: Fiberize Your Cup
Get a nice sized pot of water heating up. Tear your coffee cup into little bits--the littler the better, but don't use scissors, you want a nice rough edge to soak up the water. I used the cardboard ring and all, to add a little color to my paper.
Let that boil away until all the paper is good and juicy, at least half an hour or so. Alternatively, save energy and let the bits soak overnight instead of boiling.
While that's going, it's time to make our paper mold!