Today I and cub had some time and also had my neice over, so we thought to make some handmade paper sheets from newspapers. Let’s see how we made it.
- Old news papers
- Half bucket full of water (to soak paper shreds)
- Paper masher or mixer grinder (to make paper pulp)
- Roller (to flatten the sheets)
- Old bed sheet or towel (to dry sheets on)
- Some extra newspapers (to keep the sheets in between to flatten them)
We started with shredding the newspapers into small pieces and then soaking them in water for three hours. Once the paper pieces were soft, we mashed them to pulp in the paper masher. You can use mixer grinder for the same purpose (I use paper masher as it doesn’t require electricity and hence, children can use them on their own without adult supervision).
After we pulped the paper, we made thin layer of this pulp on the deckle net and let the extra water drip out. We also decorated these sheets with flowers and leaves before pressing the sheets.
Once done, we put the sheets under the roller to squeez out excess water. Then these sheets were placed on old bath towel to dry them further. Once they were dry enough, we placed them between other newspaper sheets and put heavy books on top of it to flatten the sheets out.
What say guys, you like the end product?
These sheets can be used as greeting card or as keepsake or memorablia 🙂 Hope you enjoyed this tutorial 🙂