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Video:How to Make Paper

with Lisa Jo Rudy

Looking for a fun project to do with your kids? Try making decorative paper at home with flower petals and bits of recyclable paper.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Paper

Hi, I'm Lisa Jo Rudy for About.com Parenting. Today, my daughter, Sarah, and I are going to show you how to make paper.

Supplies Needed to Make Paper

You'll need:
  • 2 identical wooden frames, the cheapest you can find
  • a piece of screening
  • duct tape
  • scissors
  • sponge
  • bucket or tub
  • blender
  • any kind of paper to recycle
  • flower petals or other add-ins
  • several pieces of felt
  • newspaper to soak up excess water

Make a Mold

To make paper, you'll need a mold and a deckle. One of the frames is your deckle. The other frame will become your mold.

To make your mold, cut a piece of screening to fit your frame, stretch it tightly across the frame, and attach it with duct tape.

Blend the Pieces of Paper

Next, rip the paper you've chosen into small pieces, and put the pieces into a blender. You can use any kind of paper, including toilet tissue, construction paper, and even newspaper.

Add warm water to the blender. Your blender should be about 2/3 full of the paper and water mixture.

Turn the blender on "high," being sure to hold the lid on tight. Blend until the paper is completely broken down into watery pulp.

Stir the Mixture

Pour the pulp into your tub or bucket. The mixture should be about 4inches deep, and there should be plenty of room to dip your mold and deckle. Pour in your mixture, and stir it around.

Dip the Deckle and Mold Into the Pulp

Place your deckle (the empty frame) on top of your mold (the frame with the screen on it). Hold them together as you dip them into the pulp.

Allow the pulp to settle on the screen, and give the water a chance to drip through the screen and back into the tub. Remove the deckle from the mold.

Remove the Excess Water From the Paper

In one quick move, turn the mold upside down onto a piece of felt that you've placed on a pad of newspaper.

Press a sponge onto the back of the mold, and squeeze it out several times to remove excess water.

Lift your mold off your paper. Start in one corner and lift quickly.

Separate the Paper From the Felt

Leave your paper on the felt to dry. It may take a few hours for your paper to dry out, but when it does, it will be easy to separate from the felt.

Here are few pieces of paper we made before. The ones with the uneven edges were made without a deckle. The different colors came from different types of construction paper and add-ins. Try your own experiments!

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