Ever wondered how many trees are cut up for making the paper we use daily? According to the statistics, World consumption of paper has grown 400 percent in the last 40 years and nearly 4 billion trees or 35 percent of the total trees cut around the world are used in paper industries on every continent!!
Do we even think about this while throwing the paper in trash? No, we don’t.. At the time when we all are trying our best to inculcate good habits in our kids, why not teach them how to recycle the used papers and not just trash them. Isn’t it a great idea? My toddler couldn’t help me in the process other than just messing up but I feel accomplished when he brings the used papers to me and says “Mom, let’s make a new paper”!!
I got this inspiration from one of the fellow mommies at my son’s school when she made a beautiful handmade paper at the “Best out of Waste” contest during Mother’s Day Celebration. I immediately knew this was going to be my vacation DIY project. Me and my father did a lot of research and after lots of trials and errors, we came up with a perfect DIY which I would like to share with you all.. The best part is you don’t need to buy anything at all. This handmade paper can be made easily with all the materials available in your home itself.
Materials Required :
- Used paper torn into pieces
- Sieve ( the one you use in kitchen for sieving flour)
- Parchment paper or butter paper used to line baking dishes
- Large tub
- Dry Towel
- Iron for faster drying
- Tear all the used papers in small pieces.
- Put them in a blender and cover with water. Blend this paper/water mixture few times to form a paper slurry with an oatmeal like consistency.
- Pour this mix in a tub and add water to fill up the tub. Stir the mixture well with your hands.
- Now put the sieve inside this mixture by tilting it and then submerge it in the paper slurry mix.
- Then slowly bring it up out of the mix, holding it at a level, until it is evenly covered. You might have to try it a couple of times before you get a nice, even coverage.
- Once it’s evenly covered, place a round shaped parchment or butter paper on it.
- Take a sponge and press it all over the paper to squeeze the excess water from the sieve.
- Then keep the sieve inverted on a dry towel. Slowly knock the underside of the sieve and let the handmade paper and the parchment paper fall on the towel slowly.
- Let it dry for half an hour. Then cover it with a towel folded halfway and iron over the towel. You can also iron directly on the backside of parchment paper for faster drying.
- Once it’s all dried up, you can easily peel off the parchment paper.
- TADA your handmade paper is ready!!
- My father also constructed A4 paper size mould from the left over wood and PVC sheets for making A4 size handmade papers.
I hope you guys like this tutorial and try it out with your kids. Looking forward for your handmade paper pictures on Instagram and make sure to tag me @tryingtobeasupermom. Have a great weekend!!