Introduction: How to Make Paper

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Make beautiful paper with easily found items and recycled paper!

Step 1: Watch the Video Tutorial Here!

Step 2: You'll Need

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Blender

2 flat frames (Ikea frames work well)

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

Step 3: Make Your Screen

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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

Step 4: Make the Pulp

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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

Step 5: Scoop and Sponge

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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 6: Dry

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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

Comments

Gizah (author)2014-11-05

Can I use the same blender I use for processing food? The acrylic should come off easily with a bit of alcohol, right?

Mark Montano (author)Gizah2014-11-06

If you're using the blender for food, I would just mix the pulp by itself and then add the paint once you put it in the bin. Just stir it up real good and you'll be fine.

Gizah (author)Mark Montano2014-11-06

Thanks for the response! I forgot to add: awesome ible. Also, I've been peeking through some other similar instructables and how-tos and in one of them they say you can use tea as a natural colorant, and I guess coffee should work too.

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)2014-11-03

Excellent ible! Love the rustic look on the papers!

Thanks for the comment Muhaiminah. Really glad you like the project.

ms match (author)2014-10-21

the last 4 or 5x I made paper I used all dryer lint and sometimes half lint half newspaper, I make mine outside as it's a messy process. I use an old double bowl sink as it can stop up drains very quickly. I also add bits of herbs, glitter, metallic string etc to the screen......I love to make papers

If it's hot enough to dry quickly, you can add wildflower seeds. You make a card and the recipient plants it. Card and flowers in one.

Mark Montano (author)ms match2014-10-21

Wow, dryer lint! Such a great idea. You've inspired me!

Suzanne in Orting (author)2014-10-24

I just saw a British Antiques Roadshow and a 19th century paper manufacturer shaped the wire mesh to make these amazing watermark pictures as a form of advertisement. Any place the wire was a little higher made the paper slightly thinner so that there was images, even with shading. Wish I had more details to give.

I've thought of trying to stitch through the mesh with thin, pliable wire to get designs, but I've wondered if it would catch the fibers. Maybe I'll try anyway.

Thanks for the inspiration!

robbadooz (author)2014-10-24

Thank you so much for writing an article on home-made paper. The instructions are easy and simple enough for me to get involved in such a project.

agis68 (author)2014-10-22

really thank you....i have about 120 kg of old newspapers just from my old reporting job....plenty of paper!!!! ( i ve done in the past paper molding with old newspaper but this is fantastic and simple too)

swaxman (author)2014-10-22

Would machine shredded document office paper work? I'd still have to blend it ?

Mark Montano (author)swaxman2014-10-22

Actually I find any paper works for this process. Someone even told me to add some dryer lint. Why not?!

swaxman (author)2014-10-22

I'm in melbourne dingo , and have a blender. Feel free to contact Hpg plumbing on Facebook.

Mark Montano (author)2014-10-21

I have a lovely cousin in Melbourne! I hope to visit one day soon.

lunarmagpie (author)2014-10-21

Really nice -- clear instructions, beautiful results!

Mark Montano (author)lunarmagpie2014-10-21

Thanks LunarMagpie!

Jude_Ezra (author)2014-10-21

Does it have to be Americana brand acrylics, or can it be any brand similar to Americana (I use Apple Barrel most of the time due to availability).

Mark Montano (author)Jude_Ezra2014-10-21

Hi Mara,
I use Americana because the pigment is just beautiful and very intense. I think it's the best paint for the money to be honest. That said, you can use other paints to color your pulp. Try adding glitter glue, too!

BetsyFartBlossom (author)2014-10-21

Instead of shredding my old mail, I can do this! I can hardly wait to try it, I love new stuff and all of the comments below have me all set to go. One thing I think I'll try is to use my drill and a paint mixer attachment to mix it up after letting it set for a day or so. Should work....or not;)

Yes, that will work for sure! Have fun!

SparkySolar (author)2014-10-18

This is true Art

Mark Montano (author)SparkySolar2014-10-18

Glad you like it!

SparkySolar (author)Mark Montano2014-10-18

I am a fan of home made
I made a solar beeswax honey melter/seperator from only things at my home( only the acrylic plastic for the glass. ( It was free from a scrap at a hardware store.) I had never more fun than making this little project. Big smile

it goes for 900$ at a store.

I believe in creating for the enjoyment of the process. a priceless work of Art
I feel, hopefully I am not wrong, you feel the same way.

ms match (author)SparkySolar2014-10-21

how did you make the separator?

Mark Montano (author)SparkySolar2014-10-18

I do feel the same.

Catley (author)2014-10-21

Your papers look beautiful! I've saved the instructions so I can try making some when I have more time. Thanks a lot.

Mark Montano (author)Catley2014-10-21

You're very welcome!

probablepossible (author)2014-10-21

Does the paint help your paper stay together? When I've done this, I have added a generous squirt of white glue to mine to help keep it sturdy.

Not sure about the paint keeping it together, but I haven't had a problem with the paper sticking together once it's made even without adding the glue. I think the glue is a good idea actually.

dragonferno8 (author)2014-10-19

Nice Work. Your Paper Mash's Looking Great In Different Colours.

Thanks dragonferno8........I've been going nuts with the ingredients lately. There are so many beautiful leaves in the yard now and I'm mashing them up like crazy.

SNEHALCHEVLI (author)2014-10-19

I like it .

It's remind me my childhood

thaks to get me flash back in our Golden aeg...!!! :-)

So many people have mentioned making this as a child! Glad I could bring back some memories.

bizzycrafter (author)2014-10-18

How do you persuade the flower petals / glitter to stick to the paper? I tried this, and in the morning the paper was dry, and there were petals all over the kitchen floor! DANG!! And the glitter looks so great, too!

The best thing to do is add it after you've made your pulp in the bin. Mix it in nicely and it will mix in with the fibers and stay in place.

eeVee (author)2014-10-18

Soooo many uses! Stationary, birthday cards, wrapping paper etc.
very trendy, can be personalized and is cost effective.
Great Job!

Mark Montano (author)eeVee2014-10-18

I have a hard time getting rid of mine. I want to keep it all. :)

טעטייה (author)2014-10-18

wowww so happy that I find that!!

You'll enjoy making paper. It's really fun!

MsSweetSatisfaction (author)2014-10-18

Sooo pretty! It would be so great to make special invitations for a party. I love the black glitter, perfect for any halloween parties coming up. Thanks for sharing!

I love the black glitter, too. There's something wicked and magical about it. :)

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