Papermaking at Home

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Learners will follow a specific process to make their own paper using scrap paper, newspaper, or junk mail. The activity includes a time and age recommendation, a materials list, step-by-step set up instructions, tips for adults, learning and skills connections, and a note about doing STEAM with kids. This activity requires a blender. There is also an option to use an iron or a hair dryer.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - adult

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • About a cup of warm water
  • Used paper (such as newspaper, copy/print paper, magazine paper, junk mail, NOT construction paper)
  • Wire hanger
  • Nylon stocking
  • Blender
  • Rags or towels
  • Large colander or mixing bowl
  • Optional: shiny paper, glitter, rolling pin, hair dryer, iron, ironing board


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Nature and Environment


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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