Introduction: Homemade Paper

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When I was in 5th grade or so, Our art teacher taught us how to make our own paper, and I remember that process to this day! So without Further Due Here is the Instructable.

Have some old Junkmail you never got around to throwing away? Have old bills That you don't Need? Don't trash them! Make new paper!

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Step 1: What You'll Need

What you'll need for this step is some pretty common things you'll find in a kitchen:

A blender
some sort of mesh screen Strainer
and, of coarse, used PAPER!

Step 2: First Thing You'll Want to Do

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The first thing to do is Collect old papers / Magazines.

Step 3: Rip It Up

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Rip all the paper up like so.

Step 4: Put SOME in the Blender

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put some magazine in the blender, but not to much. about half is fine. don't compress it down at all.

Step 5: Add Water.

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Add Water until it is about half way up.

Step 6: Blend Like You Mean It!

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or until it looks like this....

Step 7: Now Go Outside With Strainer

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Go outside with the strainer and blender, poor Contents of blender into strainer and....


Just keep shaking until no more water will Drip. then Proceed to Step 8.

Step 8: Apply and Let Dry!

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Pour contents of Strainer onto Flat Surface. Then wait 24 hours then flip. then wait another 24 hours.

Step 9: Or If You Have Little Patience....

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if you have little Patience, like me, get the hair dryer out.

Step 10: Just Kidding.

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get The propane torch out. the paper should be dried within 30 minutes of slowly going over with it. Be sure not to hold it to close or you will set it on fire.

Step 11: And Done!

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Admire your work. Make a love card, Write a Business memo, or fold it into origami, You just made your own paper!


Sunnedaez (author)2011-10-23

I tried to blend magazines with newspaper and the resins in the paper from magazines puts a weird substance in the water. I would just use newspaper, then put the shredded paper into a large container and use clorox to bleach it white. From there once all the inks had come out of the paper, I would put the shredded paper( now white) into a blender. Once it was at the consistency I wished for it to be I would put it into a variety of different sized molds. They had screen bottoms and a hinged press on top to force the water out. After allowing it to dry you could do all sorts of types of applications to it. Paint it, draw on it, emboss it, like I said you can find all sorts of different types of applications for it.

June301 (author)Sunnedaez2016-09-25

yeah, papermaking doesnt work well with magazine paper because the texture makes it weird. also, DONT USE PLASTIC!

tjones29 (author)2012-07-16

I was curious, could you use the material to create a sculpture in the manner you would use clay?

porcupinemamma (author)2010-01-17

I've heard of people who add coloured dryer lint to the mixture and sparkles.

Sandisk1duo (author)2009-03-15

i did this in 3rd grade, but the paper cam out pink for some reason?

probably because we used pink construction paper

raimen (author)Sandisk1duo2009-06-28


hellstudios (author)Sandisk1duo2009-03-15


SuzyMac (author)2009-03-19

Magazines don't work that good in the initial blending, because the pages are coated and they don't break down in water as well as other paper. BUT you could shred then chop and then add them later for some spicey bits.

hellstudios (author)SuzyMac2009-03-20

Well my batch binded pretty well. I actually thought that too, but the "wax" coating breaks down when you add water and blend it. Thanks for the comment!

Kiteman (author)2009-03-15

This is more "How to make a cast of your drive in papiér maché" than how to make actual paper.

hellstudios (author)Kiteman2009-03-15


stinkymum (author)hellstudios2009-03-17

yes "drive" is English for driveway (in England!!)

Sandisk1duo (author)hellstudios2009-03-15

your drive way

hellstudios (author)Sandisk1duo2009-03-15

that is actually my porch, its just that the fire from the torch caused the paper to shrivel a bit. Still, what grade of results does this guy want? I'm not a machine! or am i?

Sandisk1duo (author)hellstudios2009-03-15

he meant it in joke form

hellstudios (author)Sandisk1duo2009-03-15

Righty-O then. I feel Like a dumbass.

Kiteman (author)hellstudios2009-03-16

Sorry, I get picky with paper - I used to run the labs in a paper mill.

stinkymum (author)2009-03-16

If you had a little frame made out of wire mesh and four bits of wood, to dry your pulp on, you can get the paper to be a more regular size - but the method is the same.

PKM (author)2009-03-16

Your paper looks like the fibre is quite fine, but it's still got more surface texture than I would want to use for writing on. If you can find a way to flatten out the surface (roll the paper with something heavy and smooth during or after making, etc) you will deserve 5*.

hellstudios (author)PKM2009-03-16

Perhaps You could use a sheet of paper to put down before you apply it, when it is dry it should just peel apart, VIOLA! smooth homemade paper!

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