- 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
- 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.