You could run right down to the store and grab a pack of paper for convenience, but how fun it is to make your own paper from scratch. From start to finish the process is a fun way to create your own homemade paper. Kids will love being involved in the process and it makes for a great sensory play experience.
These instructions on How to Make Homemade Paper require no special supplies at all and no need to build a screen frame. All you need are some items that are already laying around your house. White is preferable for writing, but you can add a small piece of any color shredded paper and lightly tint your homemade paper. We also added dried lavender and a few drops of lavender essential oil to add a pretty touch to our paper and extend the sensory experience.
How to Make Homemade Paper
- 4 cups shredded or torn paper
- 4 cups water
- fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth
- cookie sheet
- optional: dried flowers, essential oil
- Spread newspaper out onto cookie sheet. You will want to use 3 or 5 layers to absorb your water.
- Place shredded paper and water in a blender and pulse until the paper has been turned into a fine pulp.
- Run pulp and water through a fine mesh strainer. I used a lingerie bag to remove the majority of the water. You want it to remain pretty wet so that it sticks together and is easy to spread around the tray.
- Pour the drained pulp mixture onto newspaper lined cookie sheet. Add oil and dried flowers at this time if you desire.
- Spread mixture over tray until it is relatively smooth and even. Note the little hands, I had a little helper who enjoyed spreading and playing in the mixture immensely.
- Place tray in a warm, dry spot and allow to dry completely. Mine took a full 24 hours to be completely dried through.
- Once dry, gently lift newspaper and peel homemade paper away from it. Cut in half for a more manageable paper size.
I have several cookie sheets that I picked up at Dollar Tree on hand. You can make 2 or 3 batches to divide up among your trays to create even more paper. I think we are going to try our hand at watercolor on these homemade paper sheets.