Does anyone have any simple recipes for paper making? I am looking for ones that children ages 5-8 can do with some help from an adult?
By McCollonough from TN
Well the easiest and fastest way to make home made paper is to make them from junk mail
Before you start making home made paper you will need:
Junk or used Paper.
Blender Dedicated to craft.
A screen to pour the pulp on. (I use window screen. Got the person at the hardware store to make me the size of the screen that i wanted for my desired size of paper. )
some food coloring.
and texture material.
1. Collect all the junk mail in a container
2. Tear up the papers into small pieces ( 2-3"sqs are fine )
3. Using a blender dedicated to craft place some warm water, and the paper pcs and blend them, until you see a paper turn to pulp.
Add color if you desire.
4.) Pour the pulp on top of the screen. and smoothly even out the pulp.
5.) With a dry sponge try and sponge off excess water, and turn over the paper on to a towel and let it dry.
It's actually incredibly easy, but really messy You need
* about a bazillion old towels
* shredded up or torn newspaper
* a handful of dryer lint
* A food Processor
* As many metal clothes hangers as you have kids (more if you're energetic)
* Old pantyhose (runs are fine)
Start by making your mold: Straighten out the metal hangers and form it into an approximation of a square. Cut the panty hose off at mid thigh--and put the metal frame into the leg, then tie or rubberband it so that it doesn't come off the frame. Essentially you have created a screen.
Now stick everything into your food processor or blender and whir it until it's a pulp. Pour it into a dish tub, push your frame in under the pulp and scoop up the pulp, making sure it covers a good amount of your frame. Now set this to the side somewhere it can drip. Keep it as flat as possible.
You can add dye, small leaves, dried flower petals, etc. to make it a tad bit more interesting. It will take a few days to truly dry, and it's sometimes a little uneven, but it makes very pretty bookmarks, when cut into strips with a ribbon and beads, or lovely notecard fronts. Don't do without the lint. It keeps it from being too brittle.
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I am looking for homemade paper recipes. Can anyone point me in the right direction or share what you know?
Erica from New Braunfels, TX
There are a lot of sites out there offering information on how to make paper. If this one doesn't answer all your questions, look at HGTV.com and DIYnetwork.com, they have endless projects.
Hope this helps,
Here are a site I found:
Ancient Egyptians invented the first substance like the paper we know today called papyrus. Papyrus scrolls were made by taking slices of the inner part of the papyrus stem, flattening then pounded into a hard, thin sheet. The word "paper" comes from the word "papyrus". The paper that we know today was invented by Ts'ai Lun in A.D. 105. It is believed that he mixed hemp, mulberry bark, and rags with water, mashed it into a pulp, pressed out the liquid and hung it to dry in the sun. Paper was born and this humble mixture would set off one of mankind's greatest communication revolutions.
Today there is a revival in homemade papermaking crafts. Not only is it a fun experience for you and the kids, but it's a good way to recycle waste into wonderful possibilities.
Below you will find a simple papermaking recipe to get you started. If this is the first time you are making paper, don't be afraid to experiment with different fibers, you don't have to stick with paper related products. Add whole flower heads to the pulp mixture after it has been through the blender. You can add scraps of yarn, tin foil, even seeds. It all comes down to what you want. Experiment with different textures and colors, after all Ts'ai Lun did! Remember, some of your ideas will turn out while others may not. Have fun with it, express your creativity.
Many types of paper that can be used include:
Supplies you'll need:
Here is another site with a few pictures:
Good luck. (02/12/2007)
PICO gave good instructions. I would add one small thing. You can pour the pulp into a mold of almost any shape and just let it dry for a day or two. Then turn it out on a nice, airy surface and let it finish drying. You can make pretty Christmas tree ornaments and scrapbook embellishments this way. They can be painted, or you can mix in some flower petals right before you put it in the mold. Calendulas are especially nice, but so are lots of others, or grass, or dried leaves. Just have fun! I once saw a lovely little personal journal with a homemade paper cover that was very thick, and thin homemade paper inside. You could write a favorite poem or bible verse inside. (02/13/2007)
I would suggest buying a paper-making kit. It has all the tools you need (sieves, frames, etc.) and will give you instructions. (02/19/2007)
Go to the library and read Arthur Grummer's book on basic papermaking. I do this with a group of folks over 80, I taught myself from the book, and my clients do beautiful work! (02/20/2007)
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