The Art of Herbal Papermaking (How to Make Paper Out of Weeds, Herbs, or Other Plants)

What’s the first thing you do when you spot a cute little notebook? Buy it? Of course you buy it. If you are just like us, you definitely like all the fancy papers you can find. What about making your own paper?

There are so many DIY projects you should try. Homemade items are the best, and they make the perfect present. When it comes to handmade papers, you can use pretty much anything, including garden weeds, herbs and flowers.

You will need:

  • Mould and deckle
  • Thick kitchen sponge (clean)
  • Sheets of cotton or felt (cut down into smaller pieces)
  • Recycled paper
  • Dried herbs, flowers, or garden weeds
  • Water

Make sure you have a tub larger than the mould and deckle and plug in your blender.

How to make it?

Fill the tub halfway with lukewarm water.

Fill your blender halfway with recycled paper. Make sure you tear the paper into small pieces before you add it to the blender. Don’t pack the paper to avoid lumps.

You can use old newspapers, packing paper, or the paper from the paper shredder bin. Avoid papers with glossy coating and use matt pieces. Use old coloring sheets, tissue paper or construction paper to add color to the final product.

Add water until the paper is covered by 1-2 inches of liquid. Pulse for half a minute. There should be no lumps in the mixture

Add some of your herbs or flowers to the blender. Pulse. Always use dried leaves and petals.

Transfer the pulp into the tub, and mix with a spatula. Lower the mould and deckle into the tub, right below the surface of the water.

Hold both pieces tightly to keep them together the pulp will settle into the frame. Carefully lift the mould, and deckle out the excess liquid. Let it drip through the screen back into the tub.

Remove the top layer of the frame. You should be left with the screened piece. Place a sheet of cotton batting or felt over your sheet. Place a cookie sheet on top of that. Flip carefully.

You need the cookie sheet to hold everything together. The cotton sheet will touch the work surface. The new paper sheet will be on top of it, and the screened frame will be on top.

Absorb excess water using a kitchen sponge. Remove most of the moisture and lift the screened frame. You should be left with a new sheet of paper on the sheet of cotton batting.

Let the sheet dry. Remove the paper from the cotton batting after a few hours. Let it dry completely.

Papermaking is probably the best way to keep yourself busy throughout the day. You will be left with some gorgeous pieces. This may be your new hobby, and you will enjoy every bit of it.



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