Introduction: How to Recycle Used Paper (homemade Letter Paper)

Easy recycled paper. It's just a little diy project for your kids/students.
You can add food colors or small flowers in order to make original paper for love letters, greetings, etc. (you can also store the remaining mixture for future paper-making).

Watch the video or follow that Instructable

Step 1: You'll Need...

- mortar+pestle
- water
- a frame
- tacks
- sieve (with holes of about 0.04")
- plastic sheets (cutted to the right side of the inner frame)
- a container (large enough to fit the frame)
- USED paper (newspaper in this case)

Step 2: Prepare the Celulose Fiber Suspension

with the mortar & pestle, crush a little bit of paper at a time (adding water), until you get an homogeneous paste. THEN put that mixture into the container (with more water) and let it "macerate" for 2-3 days.

Step 3: Prepare the Special Frame

Cut the sieve of the same size of the frame, then fix it using the tacks.

The "special frame" is ready :)

Step 4: Cellulose Fibers Suspension Into New Paper

- Dip the frame in the watery suspension (the sieve should be facing down)

- Slowly remove the frame from the suspension keeping it steadily horizontal

- Apply the plastic sheet...

- ..squeeze out the water (somebody uses to collect the water with a sponge, at this time)..

- turn the frame, keeping the plastic sheet in contact

- carefully remove the sheet.

Repeat the above steps in order to make more paper sheets :-)

Step 5: Let the Sheet(s) of Paper Dry

let the sheet(s) of paper dry.

(You can speed up the process using an hairdryer)

Step 6: Here's the Result: ..recycled Paper!

You can add food colors or small flowers in order to make original paper for love letters, greetings, etc. (you can also store the remaining mixture for future paper-making). Enjoy :-)

Thank You for Your Attention.


Weissensteinburg made it! (author)2007-09-22

Do you ever remove the plastic sheet?

BlindSight made it! (author)BlindSight2007-09-22

of course, when the sheet of paper is completely dried.
You'll notice that the side previously contacting to the plastic is extremely flat and shine =)

Computer__Geek made it! (author)Computer__Geek2014-04-03

It is shiny by the way

X_D_3_M_1 made it! (author)2007-11-03

typo in pics. the plastic sheet part. is cutted a word?

beehard44 made it! (author)beehard442009-12-11

Cutted is wrong grammar. Cut is cut even in past, future or present perfect, participle.........

Just to help...

MONSTER323 made it! (author)2008-08-11

does this paper feel like money....plz ppl i need an answer!!1?????

beehard44 made it! (author)beehard442009-12-11

counterfeiting, eh?

Kiteman made it! (author)2007-09-23

Three points:

1. You'll get a smoother sheet if you use a blender to disperse the fibres.
2. You'll get a much nicer sheet if you use something different to newsprint (commercially, old newsprint only ends up in roof insulation or cheap toilet roll). Try using the less-shiny junkmail you get.
3. As probably the only person here with a degree in Paper Science, I suppose I'd better get around to doing a proper Instructable about it...


beehard44 made it! (author)beehard442009-12-11

guess another way is rip it to small pieces
let it sit in hot water for 24 hours
beat it with an egg beater till it is finer than pulp
follow the rest here!
i did that, and man, it was SMOOTH!

static made it! (author)static2009-02-13

Not that I'm surprised there are degrees to be had in paper science, but this the first I heard of it. Your probably right, your are the only one here with such a degree, or one of few if there are others. When making like a bear in the woods recycling newsprint into toilet roll is not a very involved process. :)

Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2009-02-14

Haha, you're right. I believe there are more Paper Scientists in the US, but in the UK (20 years ago, when I did my degree), there were only 6 or 7 graduates a year.

Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2007-09-23

Sorry, I forgot to say - nice Instructable.

!Andrew_Modder! made it! (author)2007-09-22

well, its labor intesive, but good for the enviorment and actually works, altho i dont know what you would use that for, other than jotting down notes :-\ in all its cool :-)

static made it! (author)static2009-02-13

Love notes to your honey on paper you made especially or them. :)

Darkling made it! (author)2009-01-01

Finding a fine sieve like this can be difficult. An alternative is to stretch a womans stocking over the frame, tack it down, and cut away one side.

cawd47 made it! (author)2008-11-03

I use a blender for mixing and the oven at no more than 250 degrees for the drying

Lost Moai made it! (author)2008-02-09

A teaspoon or two added to your mixture will also help stiffen up the paper. I'd also like to say NOT to use fiberglass screen on your frame. It stretches too much. It's best to stick with the metal screening seen in this instructable.

dunnos made it! (author)dunnos2008-05-18

how the hell would you add 2 teaspoons lol :P

zootboy made it! (author)zootboy2008-07-18

You just have to grind them up into a 40 mesh or higher powder and stir it into the paper mix.

Lost Moai made it! (author)Lost Moai2008-07-22

I left out the words "liquid starch" somehow. A teaspoon or two of liquid starch added to your mixture.
Although metal spoons are pretty stiff.

zootboy made it! (author)zootboy2008-07-25

Not when they are ground into a powder.

Dalya made it! (author)2008-03-29

Thank You so much for posting this. I've always wanted to know how to do this. Heck you can even sell this stuff and make some extra moola :D I have PILES of schoolwork paper, junk mail, or stupid bills that are old and already paid for!

nf_x20 made it! (author)2008-03-01

i dont think you should use a hairdryer because you trying to do the environment a favour :P but otherwise well done

piper1234 made it! (author)2007-11-08

i like the text on pics it makes clearer the explanation : )

Chopsteeq made it! (author)2007-09-23

I don't particularly like using that plastic sheet, I've tried it myself and found that it is very easy to get bubbles forming between the pulp and the sieve. It also can ruin your mold quite easily since you have to press the plastic thing down on the net.

I use small pieces of fabric cut from blankets. It's a lot cheaper and works better in my opinion.

I made a very similar instructable not too long ago, if you are interested you can view it here.

TheCheese9921 made it! (author)2007-09-22

I did this in tech ed at school we used an old blender instead of a mortar and pestle.

Spectrace made it! (author)2007-09-22

i saw them do this in disney world (epcot). its surprisingly easy. nice structible

Spectrace made it! (author)Spectrace2007-09-22

they used a vacuum to suck out the water and they used a small oven to dry it though. like a toaster oven.