Have you ever wondered what you can do with all that dryer lint that accumulates after you do your laundry?
In this Instructable I am going to show you how you can use lint to make paper.
Materials you will need:
Wood frames (you can use two wood picture frames) or cardboard
Scissors to cut the screening
Staple gun or hammer and nails
Step 1: First Soak the Lint
The first step is to soak the lint in warm water for at least 30 minutes. This helps the lint to break down so that it's easier to blend during the next step. You should soak the lint in warm water until it becomes saturated and soft, the longer the better. If you have the time then soak the lint over night. You can also add other ingredients to be soaked in the water like shredded paper or leaves. Both paper and leaves will give the lint paper more body in the end.
Step 2: Make the Deckle and the Mold
While the lint is soaking you can make the deckle and the mold, integral parts of paper making. The mold is a frame with screening (like window screening) in the center that is used to catch the lint. The deckle is a frame without any screening. It is placed on top of the mold and gives the paper smooth edges.
Both should be the same size.
The deckle and the mold are used together: the mold on the bottom (screen facing up) and the deckle on top.
You can choose to make the frames with old wood pictures frames, or even cardboard covered in duct tape (so that it is water proof.)
Make sure the screening is pulled tightly across the frame.
To add the screening to the mold, use a staple gun or nails.