Paper recycling might seem like the sort of thing best left to the recycling experts, but did you know you can recycle your own paper at home without too much trouble? You’ll be able to eliminate some household waste — like junk mail, used printer paper, or old newspaper — and create something unique and handmade at the same time. Paper recycled by hand works well for making cards and gifts. Photo: Flickr/myhsu What You’ll Need Waste paper (almost anything will work — just avoid glossy paper like magazines) Water A blender or food processor An old picture frame or wood to make your own frame Mesh or screen (together with the frame, this will make your paper mold) Felt, cloth, or sponge A rectangular bin or pan to hold water (it needs to be bigger than your frame) Decorations like dried flowers, confetti, or seeds (optional) Plenty of instructions exist online for how to make your own paper. Make Something offers a video tutorial and Instructables has written instructions with photos. To give you a general sense of the process, we’ll summarize how it works. A mold made of a frame and screen helps form each sheet of […]

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