How to Make Paper from Plant Fibers

How to Make Paper from Plant Fibers. Make paper from scratch with this fun project. You will need Plant material Garden shears
A blender or food processor Water A basin or sink with a stopper A mold and deckle A
flat surface A damp cloth Two flat picture frames (optional) and a screen (optional). Step 1. Cut the plant material into postage stamp-sized
pieces using the garden shears. Step 2. Boil the plant material in water until it
decomposes. This can take several hours. Soaking most plants in warm water before boiling
them will reduce their decomposition time. Step 3. Rinse the plant fibers thoroughly. Then fill a blender or food processor with
water. Add the fibers and blend the mixture until
the plant fibers are evenly distributed in the water. Step 4. Pour the pulp into a large basin or stopped
sink. Continue blending and adding pulp until the
sink or basin is half full. Step 5. Place the deckle on top of the paper mold. Dip them together into the pulp at a 45-degree
angle, drawing them toward you. If you cannot find a mold and deckle at a
crafts store, construct your own from flat picture frames with a screen attached to one
of them. Step 6. Raise the mold and deckle to the surface in
one continuous motion. Then remove them from the pulp and allow the
water to drain. Step 7. Remove the deckle and transfer the layer of
pulp to a flat surface covered by a damp cloth by placing the mold upside down on the surface
and then raising it up. Let the paper dry. Did you know Did you know? Paper wasps create nests of paper made by
mixing their saliva with fibers rasped from dead wood.

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