Handwritten letters on beautiful stationery are one of my favorite things. And stationery stores are one of my favorite places to get lost for a few hours. The array of colors, textures, and designs of paper can be intoxicatingly beautiful.
The need to contribute a handmade gift to a Kwanzaa celebration many years ago, introduced me to the art of making paper. Not only is making your own stationery a great way to recycle all sorts of paper, but you end up with a functional piece of art that you yourself can use or you can bundle as a personal gift for a friend. My first batch of homemade paper came out slightly thick (a bit closer to cardboard than I intended.) But practice makes perfect. This is a great activity to do with kids, either indoors on a snow day or as a low-key way to spend a few hours outdoors on a sunny day. There is some prep necessary, though. So, read the directions below carefully, and give yourself a day or two to get ready for this craft.
1. Plenty of old paper (Used copy paper makes the best pulp. Shiny paper can be used as a decorative accent.)
2. Two 5×7 inch picture frames (Frames need to have flat edges. If you don’t want to use picture frames, you could use wood instead.)
3. A plastic or fiberglass screen
5. A blender
6. A staple gun (or tacks)
7. A sponge
8. Decorative items (dried flowers or herbs, spices, thread, dryer lint, potpourri, etc.)
9. Stacks of newspaper, for drying sheets of paper
10. Disposable dish towels