How to make paper, by recycling junk mail and magazines.
In today's society, we are all much more aware of the need to protect the environment, so there can be no better way to recycle and be creative at the same time, than to make your own paper. This article will show you a basic method to make paper for greetings cards, gift labels, collage or for scrapbooking.
What you'll need:
A selection of magazines, junk mail, paper napkins/towels, newpapers, used envelopes, etc
An old picture frame, with glass removed and gauze or muslin stapled tightly across the aperture
A basin, big enough to hold the picture frame
A jug of cold water
Spatula for spreading
Choose which papers you would like to use to make your paper and tear them into small 50p piece sized sections. Different papers will give different effects.
Add the torn paper to the liquidiser and add just enough water to cover the paper. Pop the lid on firmly and liquidise until you have a smooth paste. Use the spatula to scrape down any rogue pieces of paper which have excaped being blitzed and then liquidise again, if necessary.
Over a basin, turn your frame gauze side down and pour your paper mixture onto the gauze. Aim to spread the mixture evenly to about 1 cm thick - your finished paper will be a lot thinner, once the water has been squeezed out.
Use the J-cloth to squeeze out as much water as possible, then allow your paper to dry. This can take anything from a day to a couple of days, depending on the size of your paper and the temperature of the room.
Once dry, your homemade paper can be used to create greetings cards, gift tags, colage or for scrapbooking.
Add sequins, glitter, pieces of tinsel or thread to the paper mixture for added "bling".
The larger the frame, the more mixture will be required
Experiment with different papers to see which gives you the best result
Take care when using the liquidiser to ensure that the lid is on firmly and switch off at the wall when not in use
Try to avoid touching the liquidiser's blades - use the spatula to scrape out all of the mixture
Liquidisers should only be used by an adult