Looking for a beautiful handmade card for Mother’s Day? In this post we will teach you to make your own paper for a lovely personal touch to your DIY cards. Let’s see what materials you will need!
Before we begin, you will want to gather the following materials in order to make your paper.
- A blender
- Egg cartons or old newspapers
- An empty picture frame
- Food coloring, pressed flowers, glitter (optional, depending on how you want the paper to look and feel) Pressed flowers are beautiful and can be either made by pressing them in between wax paper and some heavy books for a day or two or you can purchase them already pressed and dried at the craft store.
- 2 window screens (you can use one from an old window or buy one at any hardware store)
- A sponge
- A spatula
- Pens for decorating the card once the paper is finished!
Note: For the blender, once you use it for paper-making it’s not a good idea to use it for making anything else. So if you use your blender a lot for cooking or juicing, consider purchasing another one at a thrift store or yard sale.
First you want to set up a work station. Then take your newspaper or egg cartons and begin ripping them up into small pieces, about a square inch or smaller. You can also use a shredder to get very small pieces of paper quickly. Once you have an ample amount of old paper, place the pieces into the blender. Fill the blender with twice as much water as there is paper. More water is better than less water.
You’ll want to use the “liquify” setting on the blender in order to get the mixture a thick soup consistency. Blend it until it looks smooth. At this point you can add food coloring or glitter to change the look. If you’re using dried pressed flowers, wait until you pour the mixture out and them strategically place the flowers to your liking.
Once you have blended the paper for long enough, you’ll prepare your screen. Place one screen over a sink or an area that can drain a lot of water. Place the empty picture frame under the screen, centered. You’ll then pour the blended paper over the screen but within the frame dimensions until the area is covered. Make sure your mixture isn’t too thick, but also not too thin. If you want to add pressed flowers, you can do so at this stage. Press the mixture down with the spatula and remove the frame, then press the second screen over the mixture. Now use the sponge to remove excess liquid and continue to press the paper down. Place the two screens with the recycled paper in between them outside in the sun to dry for approximately 3 hours.
Now you can decorate and fold the paper for a beautiful and unique Mother’s Day card!
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