Making paper

Blogger / 10 September, 2023 / Nanny Anita

How to Make Paper

I have been looking into how to make  paper for quite a while, but everywhere I looked you had to either make really detailed frames to sieve the paper or you had to buy a paper making set. I honestly didn’t want to spend loads of money on a set.  Then low and behold over the summer I went into Tiger (if you haven’t been into a Tiger store then you are missing out) and found a paper-making frame for about £3!  I love Tiger; it has such amazing and cheap finds in there.

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You will need:

  • Used paper
  • A big bowl
  • Blender
  • Paper making frame (or a splatter guard for putting over a frying pan also works)
  • Towel
  • Dried herbs or petals (optional)

How to make Paper

How to make paper is a very simple and quick craft, if you don’t count waiting for it to dry.

First start by collecting some used pieces of paper. Unwanted bank statements and bills are great for this hehehe. We added a little bit of coloured paper into our mix.

Next tear them up into about inch-sized squares and put them in a big bowl of water.

how to make paper

Ideally they should be left for about an hour, but YC and I were far too impatient to wait that long. Instead we set out timer for 15 minutes.

how to make paper

After they have soaked add the paper and water to your blender then blitz it until it has become pulp like. YC and I both found this oddly satisfying to do.

Then place your paper frame/splatter guard (I wish I had thought of the splatter guard sooner, oh well) over a sink and pour the pulp onto it.

how to make paper

We used all of it up in one go, but if you spread it thinner you may get more pieces.

Once you have it to a thickness you like gently press out the extra moisture. We found that if you pressed too hard then the pulp stuck to our hands.

If you want to you could always sprinkle some dried herbs or petals onto the paper. YC choose to use rosemary. We may have sprinkled too much as it did stain the paper slightly brown.

We left ours in my bathroom, but after 24hrs and it still being slightly damp I moved it to the window ledge.

Place a towel under the frame and leave it to dry. Once it has dried slightly transfer the paper to the towel to finish drying and then reuse the frame.

If you want to speed up the drying process then you could use a hair dryer. Just note that it may not dry flat if you do.

YC asked if we could make more of our own paper. Maybe we could use it to make Christmas cards or letters to Father Christmas.

Pin for later:

how to make paper. It is a very simple and fun activity for children and teens. You don't need any fancy equipment to make it.

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