Create Your Own Stationery Paper
Hosted by: Women's Relief Initiative
Visit our Booth: Sunday, February 28, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Recommended Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
The Challenge: Create your own stationery paper
We chose the paper-making process because it was easily reproducible and utilized simple universally available tools, minimal electricity, and a recycling water system.
After this activity, students should be able to:
- Understand how paper is made.
- Learn how new paper can be made from old, used paper.
- Know the value of recycling.
Share your a video of your design and creation on Flipgrid.
- Cornhusks or Recycled Paper
- Gloves (optional)
- Kitchen scissors
- Large container
- Deckle or wire mesh screen
- Flat surface for drying (cloth/felt fabric/cutting board, etc.)
- Mix the corn husk fibers or recycled paper in the water before using the deckle
- Assess uniformity of fibers on the deckle and if not satisfactory, redo it
- Place layer onto a flat drying surface
- Press sponge gently over deckle to remove excess water and safely separate deckle from layer
- Typically takes 2-3 days to completely dry
Activity Video and Instructions
Check out the video above for a demonstration and instructions on how to make your own paper.
From Storm the Castle: This is a tutorial on how to make paper the easy way. We recycle old pieces of paper and you can use paper bags, junk mail and other things. It just takes a few materials. I show you step by step. From there the possibilities are endless. You end up with beautiful high quality hand-made paper for origami, tatebanko, writing, paper folding and even scrolls.
Women’s Relief Initiative (WRI) is a nonprofit organization, based in the United States, working to fight period poverty in under-resourced communities all around the globe. Our team is in the process of developing a fully biodegradable disposable pad made with non-commodity materials that will serve as the base of our long-term project for our communities. Focused on small batch production and ease of manufacturing adoption, these pads will be rolled out into our communities using a self-sustaining social enterprise model. This business structure will allow women in these communities to make their own pads and become entrepreneurs, creating jobs and supporting the community financially for years to come.