How to Make Paper

Whether you're a back-to-basics type, a thrifty eco-warrior, or an elementary school teacher, this simple recipe for recycled paper will meet your needs.

You will need

  • Scrap paper
  • A bucket
  • A blender
  • Scissors
  • A window screen
  • A 4-inch deep pan
  • An iron
  • Dishtowels

Step 1 Soak the paper Tear the scrap paper into pieces and soak in a bucket of warm water for 30 to 45 minutes.

Step 2 Grind the paper Take the paper from the bucket and grind it in the blender until it takes on a mushy, porridge-like consistency.

Step 3 Cut and insert screen Cut the screen to fit the pan. Overlap the sides for easy removal later. Put the screen in the pan.

Step 4 Add water Add an inch of water to the pan.

Step 5 Add mush Spread the paper mush evenly over the screen in the pan, one-eighth inch deep.

Step 6 Drain water Lift the edges of the screen, pulling the mush out of the water. Allow the water to drain.

Step 7 Prepare to iron Place the screen on a dishtowel. Fold the towel over the mush mixture.

Step 8 Iron the mush Iron over the dish cloth with your iron on high. This presses the water from the mush and makes for faster dry time.

Step 9 Allow 24 hours to dry After 24 hours, your paper is ready!