Introduction: How to Make PAPER

Homemade paper Is fairly easy to make and is very rewarding.

Step 1: Make a Wood Frame

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I used a mitre saw to make a frame with mitred joints then just glue two blocks at ether side and put 4 screws in you could also use a handsaw and just overlap the corners or you could even use a picture frame.

Step 2: Adding the Mesh

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Some mesh is required to cover the frame I used fine plant netting but I would recommend using tulle and stretching it ,this stuff does not stretch and just tears but it worked.

Step 3: Prepare Everything

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fill up a container with water large and deep enough to submerge your frame.

you will need a blender I did not have one but I bought a mini food processor for cheap then as it was not made for liquids I just wrapped duck tape around the lid to stop it from spilling everywhere.

Step 4: Blending Everything Up

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Start by tipping you chopped up paper and sawdust into the blender then add water and blend it up !

Step 5: Pouring It Out

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lay the frame on the water it should float then pour the mixture out over the mesh.

Then making sure it is evenly covered lift the frame out

and carefully press out all of the water with a towel and a few fine clothes

Then leave it to dry in a warm room.

Step 6: Video

I have made a video of the process hope you enjoy.

my other attempts turned out a bit smoother as I used fine sawdust.

check out my youtube channel here


pfred2 (author)2014-09-13

Making paper is something I have given a bit of thought to trying out someday. I'm glad to see you've went ahead and did it yourself. I've bought a bit of paper at art stores. Some of the more exotic varieties of paper can have pretty hefty price tags attached to them in my experience. This makes doing it myself a more attractive alternative. Drawing, and painting on thick stock is nice though.

Watching your video I noticed that you did not cook your pulp. I've seen other paper making processes where the pulp is cooked in a vat of simmering water for a while. I think that further breaks down the wood. Then the slurry is dumped onto the surface of water and the screen is passed under the slick, and raised up.

I saw some folks making paper umbrellas on how it's made and they were making their own paper. They were pretty good at the whole making handmade paper thing. making paper is towards the end.

Kiteman (author)pfred22014-09-18

The pulp he used was recycled - it has already been through the chemical cooking process at least once.

pfred2 (author)Kiteman2014-09-19

I was just making an observation. They said they used paper, and saw dust. I am not so well versed in the paper recycling process to know if they cook it again, or not. But I would not be surprised to learn that they did.

Kiteman (author)pfred22014-09-19

For several years, I ran the labs in a recycled paper mill. The bales of recycled paper were just pulped, in a giant version of the blender Tom uses. It looks like it's cooking because the mixer blades draw in a lot of air.

The de-inking process also involves a lot of cooking-like bubbling, since the raw paper is mixed with detergent, air is pumped through it, and the bubbles lift off the ink.

Virgin pulp is either "mechanical", which is basically round-up wood, or "chemical", which is a cooking process, when the lignin (which makes older paper go yellow and brittle) is dissolved away by various caustic chemicals.

pfred2 (author)Kiteman2014-09-20

Apparently three different things are being talked about here. There is what is going on in this article, what I am talking about, and what you are saying. Unless you are saying that what you were doing was identical to what is going on here. If it is then you failed to mention the sawdust you were adding.

Kiteman (author)pfred22014-09-21

Sawdust = low-quality mechanical pulp = filler.

jobocoug (author)2014-09-22

I'm excited to try it! Great job!

clewis21 (author)2014-09-20

Do you have to use sawdust?

Tom Howbridge (author)clewis212014-09-20

no you can use paper ,card,grass , leaves , flowers

clewis21 (author)Tom Howbridge2014-09-21


danzabell (author)2014-09-20

If you soak the paper in a bucket of hot water first, then add some baking soda, it can partially bleach the paper.

Stick blenders are much easier to clean than stationary blenders or food processors. You'll likely be digging spitballs out from underneath the blade for months afterwards.

Also, if you flip a box fan upside down, rest it on the tops of two chairs so that it will be blowing downward at the floor. You can lay out cheesecloth or paper towels on the fan. The paper goes on top of that. Run the fan at full power. If the paper is ~1/2" (1-1.5 cm) thick, leave it there overnight.

Tom Howbridge (author)danzabell2014-09-20

good tip with the baking soda !

danzabell (author)Tom Howbridge2014-09-20

It just feels a little slippery/slimy if you've put too much in. If you've shred your junkmail to make the paper, the baking soda makes it come out less gray.

Tom Howbridge (author)danzabell2014-09-20

yes, but the paper is not grey when it dries

clewis21 (author)2014-09-20

Thanks for this great instructional and video.

Tom Howbridge (author)clewis212014-09-20

Thanks :)

nfarrow (author)2014-09-20

Looks great I have been doing this for years. Have you tried adding scents yet? Or 3d molds?

Tom Howbridge (author)nfarrow2014-09-20

no,but in an earlier failed attempt I put grass in it (failed for some other reason)

fixfireleo (author)2014-09-18

you forgot to say how much paper/sawdust you are using. in fact, i missed that line altogether the first time.

Tom Howbridge (author)fixfireleo2014-09-19

well you generally need half and half with with bit more water to mix it all up ,so really just experiment it's hard to say :)

MsSweetSatisfaction (author)2014-09-13

Ooo that looks really neat! Thanks for sharing!

Thanks :)

azaid3 (author)2014-09-13

it will work

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