Homemade Paper


The kiddos have been looking at the importance of reusing and recycling this week, so yesterday we had a go at making our own paper. We’ve done this before a couple years ago, but as kiddos grow older they get something new out of it and Miss Baya was too little last time to remember much about it!

Kiddos always love hands-on, messy activities so this is a sure hit.

You’ll Need:

Old Newspaper
Cornflour {Cornstarch if you’re in the US}
Tights stretched across an old baking tray {we had a plastic mesh tray from an old paper making kit}

Tear the newspaper up into small pieces and place in a large bowl, cover with water and leave for 10 minutes. We used two full sheets of newspaper per child. Mix 1/4 cup water with 1/8 cup cornflour.

homemade paper

Take the newspaper, discarding the water and place in the blender. Add the cornflour/water mix and blend on high for two minutes. {we needed to scrape the sides down a couple times}

Tip the pulp onto your stretched tights and spread it out so it’s an flat, even layer. Cover with a sheet of wax paper.

handmade paper pulp

Use a large spoon to press out all the excess water from the pulp.

homemade paper squeezing

Gently peel off the wax paper, and transfer to a plastic tray. Leave for a couple of days to dry out.

finished homemade paper


  1. Blue Eyed Night Owl

    June 26, 2013 at 10:49

    What a lovely project:) I’ve always wanted to try that too. Do you think it might work with a little food coloring as well? I bet that’d be really cool too:D

  2. julie

    June 27, 2013 at 16:38

    I love papermaking! I can’t wait until my girlies are old enough to share this craft with them. I actually took a papermaking course in college and it was one of my favorite classes….of course ;) Thanks for sharing the tip about stretching old tights over a baking sheet as a substitute for a screen….nice idea.

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  3. Kelly

    July 3, 2013 at 02:13

    My 6-year-old would loooove this project. Thank you for the tutorial! :)

  4. pouch

    July 4, 2013 at 12:06

    I’ve always wanted to try making paper…this looks like lots of messy fun! I’ve heard you can make great paper out of old egg boxes too…

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