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
- A window screen
- A 4-inch deep pan
- An iron
Step 1 Soak the paper Tear the scrap paper into pieces and soak in a bucket of warm water for 30 to 45 minutes.
Do not use glossy, coated paper.
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.
Blend 1 cup of paper at a time to avoid overworking your blender.
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!
Did You Know:
A single piece of paper can be recycled five to seven times.