Remaking Paper

Americans use 85,000,000 tons of paper a year, which is around 680 pounds per person. Only 66.8 percent of those sheets of paper gets recycled. This is a DIY that reuses all the mail envelopes, homework sheets, or newspapers that you have in your house.

What you'll need:

  • Waste paper (almost anything will work, except try not to use glossy paper like magazines)

  • Water

  • A blender or food processor

  • An old picture frame

  • Mesh or screen (can be found at a craft store)

  • Felt, cloth or sponge

  • Plastic bin

Instructions:

  • Rip pieces of paper into small pieces

(The thicker the paper the smaller it has to be shred)

  • Soak in water

(The thicker the paper the longer it has to soak)

  • Put small handful of paper and 2 cups of water in a blender

  • Blend for 15-30 seconds

(Blend until the fibers are separated. If to thick at more water, but don't over pour or else you'll have thin paper)

  • Attach your screen to your frame using duck tape, staples or any other method that will keep the screen affixed to the frame’s edges

  • Pour the pulp into your bin or pan, then sink the mold into the water mixture. Pull the mold up, and pulp should cover the screen

  • Use a cloth or sponge to press out excess water

  • Let the paper dry

(Let it dry on the screen)