There are several Instructables about making paper from recycled fibres. That is a fine activity, and one which kept me gainfully employed for four years.
When I worked in a papermill, even though we were an entirely machine-made mill, most of the questions we got from local schools were about how to make paper by hand, or how to make recycled paper.
This Instructable however, will cover the manufacture of paper from virgin fibres, that is, from plant to paper with no recycling, using a mixture of vaguely-traditional techniques from the European and Japanese papermaking styles. The final paper will probably be best classified as a "craft paper", suitable for scrapbooking or for card making.
The plant in question: the common stinging nettle (Urtica dioica
), so you have the added attraction of being able to use the left over leaves for brewing nettlebeer
, or making nettle tea
or nettle soup
You could also use similar processes to make paper from plants like flax, jute or hemp.