Making homemade paper is a wonderful craft to do with kids of any age. It is also a great way to recycle waste paper into exciting new items. And, it's a lot of fun! Here are the instructions for how to make homemade paper with kids.
Supplies for Making Homemade Paper
To make your homemade paper, you will need some scrap paper. See what's lying around your house or in your recycling bin. You can try using unprinted computer paper, newspaper, magazines, egg cartons, old cards, napkins, construction paper, or anything else you can find.
You will also need:
How to Make Homemade Paper
To make your homemade paper, first choose the paper you want to recycle. If you can't decide, you can even mix the types of paper you use. We found some scraps of pretty colored paper that we had left over from another project.
Rip up the paper and put it in the blender until it is about half full. Fill the blender the rest of the way with warm water. Start the blender. Start slowly at first, then gradually increase the speed. Blend until the paper pulp looks smooth and well blended. This will take about thirty to forty seconds. If any pieces or flakes of paper are still visible, blend it a while longer.
Alternatively, you can always add the paper to a bottle with water and shake it up. This will take much longer and usually warrants a good bit of complaining.
Fill the sink halfway with water. Add three blender loads of pulp and stir the mixture.
If you're going to be writing on your paper, stir in 2 teaspoons of liquid starch.
Lower the screen into the pulp. Add the pulp onto the screen and level it until the pulp looks even.
Lift the mold until it is above the water. Let the water drain from the pulp on top of the screen.
When it stops dripping, use a sponge or paper towel to gently press out as much water as possible.
Lay a paper towel on top of the screen and flip the screen over. Stack your paper squares on a cookie sheet.
When you have all your squares on the cookie sheet, cover with another paper towel. Use the second cookie sheet to put on top of the pile and squeeze out the remaining water.
After all the water is squeezed out, separate the sheets. Dry them by letting them lie out on sheets of newspaper. When they're dry, peel off the paper towel and newspaper, and you have your new, homemade paper.
You can write on this paper (if you used starch) or you can cut it out into fun shapes and use it for other creations. We made notebooks with ours.
When you're making paper, the important thing to remember is to have fun. Experiment with different kinds of paper. You can even add other items after your paper is blended, such as scraps of yarn, pieces of tin foil and seeds. If it doesn't turn out, just try again. See what you can create!
This project works great with an Ancient Egypt study.