Another fun use of recycled paper is paper mache. Paper mache is a great method of making three dimensional paper crafts, such as masks, ornaments, and figurines.
First, select your paper. Feel free to use any paper you’ve made for this project–or simply using any paper currently in your recycling bin. Newspaper is considered an optimal choice.
Tear (don’t cut) your paper into thin strips. One to three inches is a good measure, but you can vary the size however you like. Continue reading
Though making your own paper and using it for personal projects is a fun and rewarding activity, handmade paper is not just for this purpose. On the contrary, handmade paper is used in the finest crafts and arts all over the world. From India to the United States, homemade paper is a staple in many artisan projects.
For your next gift or special purchase, you might consider buying one of these unique creations made by fine, handmade paper. Continue reading
With so many ways to make paper out of recycled material out there, you may not have thought of making your own wood pulp paper. It can, however, be done.
All you need is the wood of your choice (the softer the better–scrap pine wood is a good choice), a wood plane, your paper frame, bleach, a pocket knife, a blender, a basin or sink, food coloring and water.
To keep it eco-friendly, you may wish to use fallen branches around your home. Continue reading