A papermaking screen (you can make one or purchase one)
A small bin
Sheets of felt (these need to be slightly larger than your screen, and you the amount of felt sheets you need will depend on how much paper you’re making. I also recommend the felt is at least twice as big as the screen. This is not necessary, but you’ll see why later)
A towel Sponges/rags
Scrap paper/junk mail Flowers/glitter/other decorations (optional)
MAKING THE PAPER
Step 1: Rip up the paper you’re using for this project. I recommend using similarly colored paper to get started, but feel free to play around with the textures, colors, and materials you use to make your paper. Put it in the blender as you go, but don’t put too much paper in the blender, just to be safe!
Step 2: Fill up the blender about halfway with water, and blend it until it is pulpy and there aren’t too many chunks of paper. If you find it is too watery or too thick of a consistency, feel free to add more paper or water and blend it more.
Step 3: Pour the pulp into your bin, and repeat step 1 & 2 if you think you need more pulp.
Step 4: Gently slide your screen under the pulp, making sure the screen is completely submerged. Make sure the screen is facing upwards.
Step 5: After you have completely submerged your screen in pulp, gently lift it out of the pulp and hold it over the side allowing it to drip away any excess water. We want the final product to have as little water as possible.
Step 6: Carefully place your screen face down on the towel. If your felt is twice as large as your paper, place the screen down face up, fold the felt over, and carefully flip over the entire thing. If you want any decorations, add them on before flipping the paper over.
Step 7: Using the rolling pin and sponge, try to get as much moisture out of the paper as possible.
Step 8: Make sure the screen is facing downwards, and begin to gently peel up the screen from the paper. If it’s sticking, repeat step 7. If there are any holes or tears, you can fill them in with extra paper pulp.
Step 9: Repeat step seven without the screen, again making sure to get as much moisture out of the paper as possible. Set this out to dry.
Step 10: It may take a while for your paper to dry, so you can speed up the drying process by going over it with a sponge, rolling pin, or even a hair dryer on a low setting. Once it is dry, you can leave it as it is or trim the edges. After this, you’re done! you’ve made your very own paper.