DIY handmade paper
This crafty project takes me back to kindergarten! Follow these steps to make some handmade paper and get in touch with your inner child, too.
What you'll need:
• scrap paper / cardboard
• an embroidery hoop
• fly screen material (available at Bunnings)
• warm water
• an old blender (try Cash Converters or your local op shop)
• a towel
Take your scrap paper and cut it into smaller pieces.
Now, fill the tray, covering the paper with warm water.
The paper needs to become soggy, so leave your tray of paper overnight (for best results).
While the paper is soaking you can get your screen ready!
Open the hoop, place the screen material over the inside piece and secure the larger hoop to the outside, ensuring that the screen is nice and tight.
Cut off the excess.
Once your paper has been soaking for a decent amount of time you can start blending!
Add a couple of handfuls of your paper to the blender and top it up with plenty of water.
Blend the paper until it turns into a pulp.
Now all you have to do is place a small amount of the paper pulp on the inside of your hoop like so:
Flip the hoop over, onto a towel, leaving the paper behind.
As you can see, a little goes a long way!
Play around with different sized hoops, or even use a square frame.
All you need to do now is let your paper dry. Leave it out in the sun and this process will be a lot quicker.