How to Make Recycled Paper
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
Plastic tub long & wide enough for the size paper you will be making
Dried flowers, essential oils, glitter, etc. (optional)
Old window screen
Scrap paper—junk mail, office paper, small amounts of colored tissue or construction paper
Plastic molds (optional)—these can be packaging materials such as holders for chocolates and protective bubbles; sand toys; gelatin molds
For faster drying, make your paper on a dry, sunny day.
WHAT TO DO:
1. Tear paper into small pieces and place in the tub. Cover with water and let soak until the paper is thoroughly wet
and limp—about 10 minutes. Be aware of colors. As with paint, if you mix colors, you will get a new color. White paper
with lots of black printing will come out gray. Add small amounts of tissue or construction paper for deeper, richer colors.
2. Pour a few inches of water from the tub into the blender. Add the wet paper to about half full. Add more water to about
3/4 full. (Note: the more water/less paper you use, the thinner the final results will be.)
3. Cover firmly & blend on high until the paper turns into a thick pulp. You can experiment with the amount of time you
blend. Less blending will result in larger pieces of paper. The amount you blend depends on the effect you want to achieve.
4. Stir in dried flowers, fragrance, glitter etc. if you want.
5. Place the window screen on top of the tub. Slowly pour the pulp over the screen in a back and forth motion, filling in
any gaps. It can be any shape you want. You can make a circle and leave a hole in the center for a wreath or a rectangle
with a hole for a frame, or hearts, stars, fish or flowers, for example. Or leave a space and add another color with the next batch. The possibilities are endless. If it doesn’t turn out right, just scoop up the pulp, put it back in the blender, cover it
with water and blend for a few seconds.
6. After all the pulp is on the screen, place a few layers of newspaper over it and gently press down with your hands to
squeeze out as much water as you can. (Don’t press too hard or the screen will tear.)
7. Pick up the screen with one hand, holding the paper in place with the other. Hold it near a flat surface, such as the
garage floor. Flip the screen and let the paper drop to the floor. If you mess it up, you can put the pulp back in the blender
and redo. (See step 5.) If you are letting it dry outside, put something heavy on the corners of the newspaper so it doesn’t
8. Let the paper dry thoroughly before cutting or painting.
IF YOU ARE USING MOLDS—Poke a few small holes in the bottom of the mold if possible. Squeeze as much water as possible out of the pulp with your hand, then pack the pulp firmly into the mold. Depending on the size of the mold, it may take several days for the paper to dry. You can remove it from the mold with a butter knife when it is firm but still damp to help it dry faster.
gelatin molds, etc.