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How to make paper

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In many arts and craft shops you’ll find textured paper.  It’s wonderful to use for craft projects, such as homemade cards, collages or for simply sending a special message.
This kind of textured paper is often more expensive than regular paper, but instead of paying that extra money, use this simple how to make paper guide to create your very own unique paper and get rid of all that unwanted wrapping paper at the same time! This project works especially well after a birthday party, where all the wrapping paper can be recycled into thank you notes.

How to make paper

You will need:

•    Waste paper.
This can be white or coloured paper and you can use newspapers and magazines, however, high quality paper such as wrapping paper or brown paper are the most effective. 
•    Blender
•    Measuring-jug
•    Frame (you can use an old picture frame)
•    Nylon screen
•    Basin
•    Spoon (wooden is best)
•    Blotting paper, or domestic cleaning cloth
•    Sponge

You will also need a flat surface and some heavy objects such as books to flatten out the paper.

Method

1. Get your chosen paper and rip it into small pieces.  Make sure you remove any sticky tape that is on the wrapping paper!
2. Soak the ripped paper in some water so that it begins to soften into a pulp
3. Transfer your soaked paper into the blender and whilst adding small quantities of water, start to blend in short bursts so that you get a thick pulp.  Add the water slowly as you don’t want the mixture to be too watery.  Aim for a consistency of mashed banana.
4. Fill your basin with clean water and begin to add the pulp from the blender you want to thin the pulp out, but not too much.
5. Make a mold by stretching the nylon screen over the frame and stapling it tight – the tighter the better. 
6. Place your mold under the water and with a gentle scooping motion, lift it out of the water
7. Wait for the water to drain from the mold and then carefully place it onto the blotting paper.
8. Use the sponge to soak up any excess water and continue to do this until the pulp becomes dry enough to remove from the mold
9. Lift the paper off the mold and allow to dry thoroughly.  If you want it to be really flat, place the heavy objects on top of the paper whilst it’s drying

Simple! 

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