How to Make Paper in a Blender in 12 Easy Steps

How to make paper in your kitchen with simple equipment. Paper making is fun and easy. We will also give you some paper making tips that will show you just how easy it is to change the look of your  homemade paper once you have learned how to make a basic paper making recipe.

The first piece of paper making equipment is a frame and a deckle. The frame is wooden and has a piece of screening attached on which you place your paper pulp. This is your mold. The deckle is a frame that is placed on top of the mold to define the edge of your paper.

A Homemade Paper Making Mold Using a Picture Frame

To make your own paper mold take a picture frame that is made of flat wood, the inner size will be the finished size of the paper you want to make. Remove the backing and the glass until you are just left with the frame. Now take some fly-screen and glue or staple the screen onto the wooden picture frame. Voila! You have made a cheap and simple paper making mold!

Now make the paper-making deckle. Buy a second, flat, wooden picture frame the same size as the first that you have converted as a mold. Remove the backing and the glass. Do not attach a screen to the deckle.

A deckle is optional, as you will see from the following step-by-step photos on how to make paper.

12 Steps on How to Make Paper with Images

Step 1 How to Make Paper: Paper Making Equipment

paper making equipment
Paper Making Equipment to get your Started

Get together your equipment for your homemade paper. You will need the following for making paper at home:

1x electric blender
1x wooden paper mold with screen
1x deckle (optional)
paper
water
large flat-based container
sponge
newspapers
paper towels or kitchen chucks

The picture above shows a screen made very cheaply, this time using two lots of screening. The first is fly-screen and the second is square-mesh to strengthen the first screen. Both screens are laminated together using duck tape. The edge of the duck tape can be used to get the neat edge of your homemade paper, and if not, you can always trim it straight afterwards.

Step 2 How to Make Paper: Fill up your Blender


papermaking instructions using a blender
              Paper Making using a Blender

Next for making paper, you need to fill up the blender with water up to 2/3 of the space. This allows you to place the correct ratio of paper to the blender to get the right consistency needed for successful paper making.

You can experiment. Some paper makers like to fill up the blender to 3/4 with just 1/4 left for paper.

Step 3 How to Make Paper: Cut up your Paper


Paper Making Instructions Tearing Paper
Paper Making Tearing the Paper
You will need to tear up your paper into small pieces. The ideal size is about 1 inch square. These can be pre-soaked in water for an hour before use. This gives a better end product. Any paper can be used; office paper, newspaper, brown paper bags etc.

Step 4 How to Make Paper: Make your Homemade Paper Pulp

Paper Making Instructions the Pulp
Using the Blender to Pulp the Paper

Process the paper, small bits at a time until you have a smooth pulp. 4 cups of pulp will give you enough material to make 20 sheets of homemade paper 5 x 7 inches, (12.5 x 17.5 cm).

Step 5 How to Make Paper: Pour Pulp into Container


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                                    Pouring the Pulp in the Mold

Making sure that your pulp is fairly thick, but still pourable, place 2 cups of the pulp in a large, flat-bottomed container that has eight cups (2 liters) of water. Here a plastic tub has been used. The container needs to be flat-bottomed so that when you place the screen into the container you can easily scoop the pulp up.

The reason for adding the pulp to more water means that you will get a finer paper. You can also pour the pulp directly into the tub without using any extra water for your paper making, however, the final homemade paper will be thicker and more coarse.

Step 6 How to Make Paper: Check Pulp Consistency


Paper Making Consistency
Checking the Consistency of the Pulp is Important

This is the consistency you get when you pour all the pulp directly into the container without watering it down. Some people want a more heavy-duty paper, and so therefore this is fine for this type of homemade paper.

Step 7 How to Make Paper: Using your Paper Making Screen


Paper Making Screen
Dipping the Screen into the Pulp

Agitate the water with either your hand or a whisk before dipping your screen into the pulp. Shake the pulp around the screen while under water to try and get an even distribution of pulp for your homemade paper.

The thicker the paper, the more pulp you will have on your screen. If you want to make thin paper make sure that when you lift the screen there are no gaps in the pulp where cover hasn't been even.

If you are using a wooden paper making mold, use the mold and deckle together with the mold screen side up so that the pulp sits neatly into the mold.

Lift out of the container and allow the water to drain off. Remove the deckle from the mold so that it doesn't drip water onto the newly homemade paper.

Step 8 How to Make Paper: Removing your Paper Making Screen

Paper Making Instructions Taking Mould Out
Removing the Screen from the Pulp

Making sure that you have some newspaper or paper towels ready covered with kitchen cloth. The kitchen wipes that usually come in blue with the small holes is ideal. This process of making paper is called "couching". That is putting a buffer of two layers down before putting your homemade paper pulp out and covering it again with a sandwich layer of another blue kitchen cloth, followed by another layer of newspaper.

Step 9 How to Make Paper: Sponge Off Excess Water

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Sponging off the excess Water from the Pulp

Before you cover your paper pulp take a sponge try and sponge the back of the frame trying to get as much excess water off.

How to Make Paper Step 10: Releasing Pulp from Screen

Paper Making Instructions
Removing the Pulp from the Screen

Lift the corner of the frame as shown to get the paper pulp off. If you are using a paper mold hold the mold in an upright position and rest the frame edge on the couching material nearest to you.  Now roll the sheet from the edge near you onto the couching material in one smooth rolling action. If the paper sticks, try blotting with a wet sponge and try prising the corner off to see if it will loosen.

As you will see from the example above, the edges are very rough without the use of a deckle. However, these can soon  be tidied up with a trimmer. However, it does mean that you will end up with a lot of wastage this way.

How to Make Paper Stage 11:

Homemade Paper
Leaving Pulp to Dry

Once removed you will need to get more excess water out from your paper. Cover with the blue kitchen cloth followed by a layer of water. Place another layer of newspaper down, followed by another kitchen cloth getting ready for your next piece of homemade paper. Repeat this process until you have finished your pulp. Once you have finished with your stack of sheets  you now have a "post".

Step 12 How to Make Paper: Pressing your Posts

You will need to take your post and place some weights on it to help get out the rest of the water. An easy way of doing this is placing two bricks a small space apart. Place a sheet of wood over the top of the bricks with the post on the top. Cover with another sheet of wood and place bricks on the surface in two layers. This will help dry out the paper. You can also speed up the process by placing a fan in front of the paper.

Different Paper Drying Styles

homemade paper drying styles
Different Drying Styles give Different Results

Using the method just described for paper making, you can see how to make paper is fairly easy, but also, through different drying techniques, you will get different variations of how your paper will look, whether it has been dried between glass, between cloth, or just air-dried with no couching involved at all.

Paper Making Tips:

  • If you are going to use newspaper, soak the newsprint in water for 20 minutes and then pour off the grey water to get rid of the black ink. Repeat once more to get a good result.
  • You can use the paper from old telephone books. Again pre-soak for 20 minutes and drain water off and soak again to get rid of the black ink.
  • Experiment with food colorings to dye your paper.
  • Add used tea leaves or coffee grounds to your pulp as a dye. Or add to your pulp for an interesting finished effect.
  • Add dried herbs and onion skins for an interesting finished effect
 

Pictures courtesy of bzedan



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