Handmade paper – tutorial

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.

Materials used:

  1. Old news papers
  2. Half bucket full of water (to soak paper shreds)
  3. Paper masher or mixer grinder (to make paper pulp)
  4. Deckel
  5. Roller (to flatten the sheets)
  6. Old bed sheet or towel (to dry sheets on)
  7. Some extra newspapers (to keep the sheets in between to flatten them)

Method:

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 🙂

Love,

Sakhi

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Pinhole scope/camera – Tutorial

Materials used to make my Pinhole scope / camera

Make a circle on the dark card paper with a pinhole in the center. This circle is to be slightly bigger than the small cylinder.

And paste it on one side as shown above.

Do the same with a butter paper and long cylinder.

Stick the butter paper as shown above and your pinhole scope/camera is ready!!

Put the long cylinder, butter paper side inside the short cylinder.

Decorate your cylinders as you like!

Adjust the length of the long cylinder by sliding it in the small cylinder and focus it on a bright, far object. You will be able to see the world upside down.

This was the first camera invented.

If time permits, i will also post the the model where you can capture these images on the film!

Happy viewing!! 🙂