How to Make Handmade Paper

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by Bridget

Here’s a step-by-step guide that I put together. It shows exactly how to recycle old paper and make it your own! This is one of the cards that I recently made for the holidays. Once you can make your own paper, it can really be turned into anything- sketchbooks, journals, cards, stationery, gift tags, etc. Perhaps you’d like to make a homemade Valentine!

Take a look.

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Materials

  • Used paper, torn into chunks [roughly palm-sized]
  • An old picture frame
  • Screen, large enough to cover frame   [nylon, charcoal, fiberglass, or mixed]
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Small tub or sink, with a few inches of water in it
  • Blender
  • [optional] Liquid starch for clothing
  • [optional] Spices, like cinnamon, for scent
  • [optional] Grass, leaves, flowers, glitter, etc. for embellishment

Prepare the homemade deckle.

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Prepare the paper pulp.

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Form your sheet of paper.

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January 25, 2009 4:24 pm

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