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Transform boring sheets of paper into simple and fun craft projects.
You Will Need
- Plant material
- Garden shears
- A blender or food processor
- A basin or sink with a stopper
- A mold and deckle
- A flat surface
- A damp cloth
- Two flat picture frames (optional)
- A screen (optional)
Prepare the plant material
Cut the plant material into postage stamp-sized pieces using the garden shears.
Break down the plant fibers
Boil the plant material in water until it decomposes. This can take several hours.
Disperse the fibers in water
Rinse the plant fibers thoroughly. Then fill a blender or food processor with water. Add the fibers and blend the mixture until the plant fibers are evenly distributed in the water.
Add the pulp to a basin
Pour the pulp into a large basin or stopped sink. Continue blending and adding pulp until the sink or basin is half full.
Dip the mold and deckle in the basin
Place the deckle on top of the paper mold. Dip them together into the pulp at a 45-degree angle, drawing them toward you.
Remove the mold and deckle from the basin
Raise the mold and deckle to the surface in one continuous motion. Then remove them from the pulp and allow the water to drain.
Dry the paper
Remove the deckle and transfer the layer of pulp to a flat surface covered by a damp cloth by placing the mold upside down on the surface and then raising it up. Let the paper dry.