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Make your own recycled paper
   
 

You may need to get an adult or a college going person to help you a the first few times. Some of the ingredients might be slightly tough to handle and its better to learn and be careful rather than get hurt.
So find an adult – and get started.

 
 

Ingredients :

Used paper – newspaper, junk mail, etc.
Screen on a frame – you can use the same screen that’s used on door and windows and have it fixed on a frame. The frame can be any size you feel comfortable with and have the space for. Have an adult make one for you.
Tub or bucket
Blender or mixer – operate it with an adult
Magnifying glass
Water
Old newspapers

(OPTIONAL) – Rolling pin, cloth, dried and pressed flowers and leaves, bleach, liquid starch, glitter, (turmeric) haldi powder

 
  Method :
Tear the old paper into tiny squares. They have to be as tiny as you can possibly make them. Put them in the tub or bucket with water. Leave them overnight if not one whole day.
Scoop out small amounts of the soaked paper and put them into the mixer/blender with a bit of the water they were soaked in.
Blend them into a pulp.
Taking small lots, blend the whole amount into pulp.
Look at the pulp with the magnifying glass – what do you see? How do those fibres help make paper?
Pour the pulp on the screen and let the water drain out, its best to do this in a bathroom or the corner of your garden.
Put a layer of old newspapers on the pulp and press out the extra water.
Cover a table or the floor and turn the screen and pulp and newspaper over. So that the newspaper is at the bottom and the screen can be lifted off carefully.
Put another layer of old newspapers and press out more extra water.
Turn it over again
Remove the 1st layer of old newspapers
Repeat this a few times to remove all excess water.
Then take off the damp pulp which by now is flattened like a thick sheet of wet paper and let it dry overnight. This can either dry open or between two clean cloths.
 
  Optional Items :
You can add a bit of bleach after making the pulp to remove ink and colour from the pulp.
A small spoon of liquid starch added to the pulp give the paper a smooth finish.
Press in the dry flowers and leaves when you pour the pulp onto the screen.
You can use haldi powder to make your paper a lovely yellow, you will need to add this to the pulp and mix it well before putting it onto the screen. You can also try to get a marbled effect by not mixing the haldi powder fully
Glitter can also be used to make the paper more glamorous and should be mixed into the pulp before its put on the screen.
Ideas – once your paper is dry and ready to use you can cut it, stick it and colour it to make anything you want, name tags, artificial flowers and leaves, paper jewellery, coasters, mats, even small boxes you can use to put gifts in! If your screen is large enough you could even make yourself a photo album or drawing book!

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