Make Your Own Recycled Paper – very messy but great fun!
The commercial papermaking process is quite complicated. However, you can make paper in the classroom by following these steps.
Tissue (several sheets of Kleenex)
2 Cloth kitchen towels
Fine mesh (metal or nylon – could use a number of layers of tights)
Wood frame (an old picture frame will work)
Heavy item (a pile of books will do)
What to do:
1. Shred facial tissue into small penny-sized pieces
2. Place the pieces in a bowl and cover with hot water.
3. Stir to make sure all paper is wet and leave to stand overnight
4. The next day, tear the paper into pieces as small as possible and then stir with a fork for several minutes. (You have made pulp.)
Note: if you have blender handy, it will give you a better result.
5. Prepare a screen by stapling mesh tightly to a wooden frame.
6. Smooth out an even layer of pulp (approx. 1/8" thick) onto the screen by hand.
7. Allow the water drain off for one minute.
8. Flip your screen over so that your paper pops out onto a clean kitchen towel.
9. Cover the paper with another kitchen towel and use the rolling pin to flatten it out for one minute.
10. Lift your paper carefully and place between two boards, then cover the top board with something heavy.
11. After two days, uncover and inspect your own handmade recycled paper!