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How to Make Paper at Home

When you make paper, you are able to not only recycle scrap paper, but also participate in an ancient activity. Homemade paper can be used for decoration, greeting cards, letters or artwork. While there are many nuances in the process of paper making, the basic principle is the same. You begin with a collection of fibrous scraps. From those scraps you create a pulp, which is then pressed and dried to form a sheet of paper. The steps below outline the method to make paper at home.


  1. Tear scrap paper into small pieces.Each piece should measure no larger than roughly 1 inch (2.54 cm).
  2. Soak the scrap paper bits in warm water.This soak should take at least 30 minutes. If you have the time to soak the paper scraps longer, overnight is ideal.
  3. Make a frame.This step can be done while your paper scraps are soaking.
    • Cut a hole in the bottom of a disposable brownie pan. An aluminum pan is best, as it can be cut using sharp scissors. The hole should be rectangular and 1 inch (2.54 cm) smaller on all sides than the bottom of the pan.
    • Place a piece of screen or wire mesh in the pan. To keep it from falling through the hole, simply cut it the size of the pan bottom.
  4. Make a slurry of paper pulp.
    • Fill a blender with warm water, halfway. Add some of the shredded and soaked paper--about a handful. At medium speed, blend the water and paper until it takes on a soupy consistency.
    • Pour the slurry into a large tub. Fill the tub with warm water. Mix the tub contents until they are evenly incorporated.
  5. Dip the pan frame into the tub and allow it to fill with paper fibers.Gently move it under the water to ensure even distribution.
  6. Holding the pan level, lift it out of the tub.Allow water to drain out of the pan frame. With your hand, press the fibers to the screen or wire mesh. This will force more water out of the fibers.
  7. Place the frame pan, paper-side down, onto a clean, dry towel.Lift the frame and screen or wire mesh away, leaving the paper on the towel.
  8. Put another towel over the paper.
  9. Press the towel on top of the paper using a rolling pin.
  10. Gently lift the top towel off of your homemade paper.
  11. Peel the paper off of the bottom towel.Set it aside to dry overnight.
  12. Write on it.
  13. Finished.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    Can you make paper out of soft plant leaves the same way?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, you can make paper from paper bark trees and leaves. They have to be torn, soaked, then rolled into a sheet and baked or dried out in the sun.
  • Question
    Can I use cloth instead of mesh?
    Community Answer
    You can. Just make sure the cloth is thin and fully wet before you use it to make paper. (Wet cloth will let water pass through it quicker than dry cloth.)
  • Question
    What can I use instead of a frame if I don't have one?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Many plastic containers can be used as frames to create this; though the wire mesh is mandatory.
  • Question
    What can I add to make the paper stronger?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    From what I've heard, you can add liquid cornstarch to make it stronger. It's recommended that you add about 2 teaspoons. You can also add more of the paper starch to make it thicker.
  • Question
    Can my children do this without any help?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    It depends on their age and maturity level, but adult supervision would probably best. No supervision might be okay for children 12+, on average.
  • Question
    How can I make paper out of leaves for a school project?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You would need to tear, soak, and then roll the leaves into a sheet to be baked or dried out in the sun. That would give you leaf paper!
  • Question
    Do I need a big frame for this project?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    No, you don't need a big frame unless you want a big piece of paper. If you have a big frame, you would need more of the slurry paper.
Unanswered Questions
  • We made a decile and mold for paper making and I tried to make paper today. Is the paper going to be as strong as printer paper or harder?
  • Are there possible alternatives for the wire mesh?
  • How much water do I need to put for my paper?
  • Can I use pencil waste to make a paper?
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  • To dry your paper more quickly, you can use a hair dryer.
  • Customize your homemade paper by adding items such dried herbs, dried flowers or glitter.
  • If you have a wired bowl, you don't need the brownie pan.
  • Using a shape cutter, you can shape the paper before dry.


  • Making paper can be a messy and wet process. Consider making paper outside or in an area of your home that is unlikely to suffer from exposure to water.

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