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.



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    28 Discussions

    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 =)


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

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

    Just to help...


    11 years ago on Introduction

    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...


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    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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!


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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. :)


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    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 :-)

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    10 years ago on Step 1

    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.


    10 years ago on Introduction

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

    Lost Moai

    11 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

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

    Lost Moaizootboy

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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.