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How to Make Your Own Recycled Paper

Do you get a newspaper every week? everyday? well dont throw them away, recycle them! and if you want to have a bit of fun why dont you try recycling them yourself!

You are going to need:

  • a food processor or an old blender
  • an electric iron
  • an old wire hanger
  • an old pair of panty hose
  • newspaper or other paper, torn into 2-inch squares
  • white glue
  • water
  • an insect screen or strainer (optional)
  • food coloring (optional)
  • a big sink or tub filled with 4 inches of water

Now this can sometimes can become messy so make sure you have a lot of space and nothing that staines easly.

Step One:
Make a frame out of the coat hanger. You'll need a frame for each piece of paper you make. Stretch the hanger and bend it into a rectangle/square shape. Take one leg of the panty hose and stretch it carefully over the hanger frame. Make sure it is tight and flat.

Step Two:
Put a handful of the torn up paper and some water into the food processor or blender. Blend the mixture on high until it becomes mushy. Keep adding paper and water until you have a big gray blob. You may have to add a little more water to keep things moving smoothly. Keep the food processor on until all the paper has disappeared. Then leave it on for 2 minutes.

Tip: For some color, add a handful of brown or red onion skin (not the onion itself, just the papery outer skin).

Step Three:
Put 2 tablespoons of white glue in the sink water and add all of the paper pulp you just made. Mix it really well. Use your hands.

Step Four:
Scoop the frame to the bottom of the sink, then lift it slowly. (Count to 20 slowly while you are lifting.) Let the water drain out for about a minute.

Step Five:
Hang the frames on a clothesline or put them out in the sun. Wait until they are completely dry with no dampness at all. You can then gently peel off the paper.

Step Six:
Use the iron, set on the hottest setting, to steam out your paper. You can keep making paper until the pulp is all strained out of the sink. Mix up the sink every time you make a new piece.

Try other things like using in insect screen over a wood frame, or a strainer instead of the pantyhose and hanger. Try adding lots of food coloring, for colored paper, or try adding lint or leaves to the food processor. Your paper will have an interesting texture.

Making your own paper can be really fun! Although dont try and put this paper into your printer as it might cause complications. Fantastic to use for home made cards though.

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Comment by Iftekar Ahmed on March 7, 2010 at 7:12pm
Hannah is this your own recipe? Thanks for sharing it regardless - will give it a shot in the morning, and of course update on how it turned out.
Comment by Mladenka Prvulovic on March 7, 2010 at 8:18pm
I have to try this :O
Comment by Hugo Oliveira on March 7, 2010 at 9:10pm
Great way to be practical. Thanks for everything. Keep it up!
Comment by Ken Walling on March 8, 2010 at 1:20am
I have always wanted to make my own paper.
Comment by Hannah Kohn on March 9, 2010 at 9:48pm
I LOVE THIS! I cant wait to do this myself.
Comment by John D. Boyden on March 9, 2010 at 10:16pm
+1 knowledge share. Cool stuff!
Comment by Martin Dyer on March 10, 2010 at 8:58pm
Nicely done, again! ;)
Comment by Kevin DiVico on March 11, 2010 at 1:06am
Hannah well done!

the only thing I would add here is to try to rig the blender or food processor to run off a solar cell to further reduce the energy footprint.

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