Aren't you tired of seeing people with e-readers and tablets? Do you think that paper books are just too modern? Do parchment and vellum not seem authentic enough? Well this is the Instructable for you! Using this tutorial, you will learn how to take the Papyrus plant and turn it into good ol' Egyptian-style papyrus paper!


  • Papyrus plant (Cyperus papyrus)
  • Plastic bucket
  • Water


  • Hand planer
  • Paper towels
  • Old dish cloth
  • 2 Wooden boards
  • Clamps
  • Bench Vice
  • Rolling Pin


This tutorial uses sharp tools. Use extreme caution. I am not responsible for any injuries you sustain.

Step 1: Harvesting and Preperation

First off, you need to get yourself a genuine Papyrus plant. Luckily, the Lowes hardware store near my house recently started to sell papyrus. You can also get it from the internet if you can't find it in your area.

Before you harvest the stalks, I recommend giving the plant a nice soak about 60 minutes prior. This will make sure that the stalks are firm and won't crumple. Try to cut as close to the base as possible. How much you harvest is up to you and how big of a piece of paper you want to make. Since I was thinking of making a small sheet, i figured the 4 biggest stalks would be enough. Cut off the tops.

Well done. If you take a cooking mandolin, it's sharper. Less pressure to slice, tho greater risk of slicing you. Taking a wooden mallet and lightly pounding the strips before pressing gives you a more pliable finished product. That way you can roll/scroll it.
Too cool. Now I'll have to buy some plants. Thank you.

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