How to Make Paper With a Group of Kids


Making paper from recycled paper is a great craft and lesson on reusing our natural resources. This method works great with a group of kids such as boy scouts. It uses the "dip" method of homemade paper making.

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You won't need more than three of these for a large group.Remove the back and glass from the picture frame and discard.

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The side facing up is the backside. Turn it over so that the frame is covered with the screen from the top down and underneath. This is the right side.

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This is called the pulp.

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Repeat #3 two more times. Stir the water in the tub with your hand so that the pulp is evenly distributed throughout the water.

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Lower it until the screen is sitting underwater on the bottom. You’ll have to hold it down with one hand.

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If you are using a wooden screen, it will float naturally to the top, just keep it level.

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You want as much water out at this stage as possible.

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Do this quickly.

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It should lift away easily. If it sticks, you probably removed too much of the water with the towel or chamois, just dump the screen back in the tub and start the dip over.

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A wooden clothes drying rack works well for this. When the paper is dry enough so that the edges start lifting from the flannel About an hour if outside on a warm day 80° on a drying rack or 2-3 hours inside at about 70 °. You can let it dry completely but it is a little harder to remove from the flannel.

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For best results, place it between sheets of newspaper and place something heavy on it for a day or two while it is still damp. For groups that need to take it home, just roll it up in a piece of newspaper and tell the parent to unroll it when they get home. It works better if they place some heavy books on it and let it dry.