Anna and Gretchen gave Sadie this cool papermaking kit for her birthday. I have been wanting to do this forever but the ‘adult’ kit that I have is much less user-friendly and I haven’t gotten past the planning phase. We dove right in with this and it’s great!!! Above are the kids tearing up local newspapers and advertisement pages.
Here is the torn paper put into the blender from the kit (not user-friendly and very easy to break) and my blender with water. The torn paper sits in the water for several hours until it can easily be blended into pulp. It blends into a grey color and we used some red food coloring in an attempt to make pink paper. Instead we ended up making purple as the red mixed with the grey.
We pour the pulp into the tray and eagerly read the directions to figure out the process.
Sadie assembles the shape tray and puts the sloppy pulp (look at that face!) into the shape she has chosen for her paper. We used every shape in the kit.
Then we remembered the chrysanthemums we pressed last year and dug out the flower press- in which they were still sitting- and mixed them into the pulp!
Once we had used every shape in the kit at least once, we realized we could use anything that would make a shape over the screen. We started using some cookie cutters until we had filled my giant cooling rack with sheets of paper that were left to dry for about 24 hours). Sadie has already given out all of the pieces of paper before I could get a picture of them laid out. We do still have a whole bunch of the pulp left and will definitely be making more! Thanks for this cool gift Anna and Gretchen!