So, we thought it would be fun to make our own paper. We used the eco-friendly version making recycled paper. It is really a very simple process if you are only making one sheet.
Step One: Shred newspaper into tiny pieces
Step Two: Add warm water to the bucket covering the paper completely.
Let the paper soak over night in the warm water. Meanwhile if you don't have a screen available this is how we made one. I purchased some screen from the hardware store. I found it was cheaper to buy by the foot(for a project like this). We took an old picture frame, pulled the screen tightly around the frame and nailed in some staples. If you have a staple gun that would work better.
And you have a screen.
Step Three and Four pictures are mixed up:
Step Three: you strain the old water and add new warm water.
Step Four: Take a mixer and mix the paper/water mixture.
Step Five: Add mix into a blender and pulse until it forms a mush.
Step Six: I would suggest going outside. Pour a layer of the mush onto the screen, making sure you lay a towel underneath to absorb the liquid. Spread evenly. Silly guy found this to be gross.
Step Seven: Take a board(we used a cutting boad) and press firmly on top of the mush to press out all remaining liquid.
Step Eight: Flip the screen over on a dry cotton cloth for the paper to dry.