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Try Something New Every Month – Paper Making (+Mini Tutorial)!

This year, I am participating in the Try Something New Every Month challenge hosted by Stephanie & Rebecca! You can read the details at Swoodson Says or Hugs Are Fun. The theme for February is Tactile Craft- I decided to try handmade paper! I’m not 100% sure this is tactile craft, but its close enough to paper mache!

Handmade Paper Heart Bunting

I looked up some tutorials- but I didn’t want to use a blender because the paper dulls the blades. Since I wasn’t sure if I’d do this more than once, I decided to do it inexpensively! The process was very simple, so I thought I’d do a mini-tutorial for how I did it! Here are the supplies needed (I bought them all from the dollar store!)

  • Red, pink, and white construction paper
  • White printer paper
  • A large jug with a tight cap (you will be shaking the watery mixture!)
  • A cookie sheet
  • A tea towel
  • A rolling pin (or Pam spray can!)

Handmade Paper

I started by cutting my paper into 1 in by 0.5 in strips. I then combined the strips in the jug and added enough water to cover. I let the mixture soak for 4-5 days, shaking the jug several times a day to help break up the paper.

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Once the mixture was nice and pulpy, I moved on to the next step!

Handmade Paper

I took handfuls of paper and squeezed most of the water out. I then placed it in a cookie tray from the dollar store and flattened it out as best as I could by hand.

Handmade Paper

Next, I covered the cookie tray with a tea towel and soaked up more of the water. I used a Pam spray can as a rolling pin and flattened it out with the towel over top.

Handmade Paper

 Once I was done, I just had to let it dry! Once it was dry, I drew heart shapes on the back of the paper. I then cut them out with regular scissors. Beware, the paper was a little weak- so be careful while you cut!

Handmade Paper Hearts

I then attached the hearts to the string approximately 2 inches apart. To be honest- I couldn’t find the glue so I just duct taped the string to the back! Haha!

Handmade Paper Heart Bunting

I ended up having enough for 2 strings, so I made one longer and one shorter. I hung them on the wall with tape and covered the ends with little hearts from Target!

I had a lot of fun trying paper making this month! It turned out much better than I expected and it wasn’t hard at all! I hope this post helps you if you’d like to make your own! Now to plot what to try for March!!

Thanks for reading!

Sig

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