D-I-Y Sessions: Handmade Paper Making

"The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which mean never losing your enthusiasm."
-Aldous Huxley

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Back when I was still a kid, I used to make "butingting" of all the things I own. My favorite hangout place would be the junk shop in front of our house at Quezon City (where I got the deepest scar on my right eye) or my dad's workplace - a cluttered offset printing press where I would gather different kinds of paper and make them into a note pad of my own. When Daddy (my great great uncle) was still alive, I used to be his personal assistant whenever he needs to finish a household project at Bulacan, which I really enjoyed by the way. These used to be my definition of fun,  I never knew I would take it with me until I grew up.

Inspired by "basurerang" sister, here's to share a D-I-Y activity you might want to try at home: 

I used Papemelroti's D-I-Y Handmade Paper Making Kit. This includes an instruction booklet with details on how you can make your very own handmade recycled paper. 

Other alternative to make this handmade paper making activity easier:
  1. Use a shredder instead of cutting the used paper into pieces, it's more efficient.
  2. If you don't have a blender or a mortar and pestle to grind your soaked paper, use a soup mixer.
  3. If your basin is too shallow and the mold and deckle won't fit, scoop out the pulp and pour it on the mold instead. Don't forget to shake the mold and deckle to evenly distribute the pulp.
Recycling is fun! 
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  1. those recycled papers are good as bookmarks or greeting cards, haven't tried paper recycling yet but will try one of these days...

    how long did you dry the recycled paper?

  2. Dried it for just 2 days under several piles of newspapers. :) It was worth the wait!

  3. I love making recycled papers for invitations and for thank you letters

  4. Those papers would be perfect for my sketches on the go... =)

  5. You aren't only making arts, but you're also helping our mother earth through recycle.
    God bless you.

  6. Awww..I admire your patience. I love to do the same unfortunately I'm only good at beginnings and never ever finished my artsy craftys :)

    Keep it up! :)

  7. iRepublic is looking neat and professional. I like user interface, colors, and overall design. But it seems to be not free. Is it like an i.ph alternative?

  8. Hi. Itin! iRepublic.ph is catered for small businesses. Who basically wants to create their own website. There's a demo on the website.

  9. am not really a DIY type of person... ung asawa ko un! hehe.. sya mahilig mag recycle! will show him this!

    good luck on your new website!!! :))

  10. I used to do this as a school project way way back. So interesting, maybe I'll give it a try again. Recycling is fun and good for our environment as well.

  11. oh this is a fun idea! the finished product looks great btw.

  12. It's a fun way to recycle used papers. We have tons here so I think I should buy that DIY sessions from papemelroti too. thanks for sharing.

  13. I enjoyed making handmade paper back in highschool and I am a big fan of papemelroti's products too.:)

  14. Believe it or not, I've purchased Papelmeroti's Paper Making kit. But I didn't get to produce any paper from it.. Must've done the process the wrong way..hehe

  15. ang galing! does it have to be white paper? pwede used white paper?

  16. That would really helped me save on some paper. I recall doing it ages ago and it made me reminisce because of your post. ^_^

  17. This is economical and useful DIY.
    You can also be creative.
    The idea of recycling is a must nowadays.

  18. Bookmarking this for future weekend project with my son. Gotta get rid of my paper trash at home. Thanks for this post.

  19. @totenggaleng do it for fun and be messy, use other materials like dried leaves and fibers. your son will surely love it. :)

  20. i tried it before without kit. hahaha. made a mess ;P and my paper kinda get stuck to the wire. i don't know why