Making paper by hand can be a pretty simple process. It’s also a fantastic way to use up your old newspapers, receipts, scrap papers, junk mail, and copy paper that you were about to throw in the recycling bin, and instead create a thing of glorious handmade beauty.
Have those recycled papers hanging around? With a few supplies and these basic instructions, you’re well on your way to making handmade paper and saving our environment!
This project can be customized to fit different aesthetics: Want to make something feminite? This can be done by putting glitter into the mix. Need to do something with your over abundance of herbs from your garden? Make some herb paper! These papers are magnificent! I just adore the unique and beautiful texture of homemade paper!
Paper, first invented in China around the 1st or 2nd century A.D., is now so universal that it has achieved near-invisibility in our modern world. The average American household receives more than 100 pounds of unwanted junk mail each year! However, creating a handmade sheet of paper can remind anyone of this everyday object’s noble origins.
Here’s a chance to recycle and repurpose your unwanted papers for stationery, collage, or anything else you can imagine. This is how you can rediscover this ancient and oh so easy art form.
Watch how Mark Montano, with Make Your Mark, does this in his step by step tutorial and get busy making some beautiful paper!