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Photo by Stephanie Staton
Use this beginner’s recipe for making homemade paper using materials readily available on the farm, such as recycled paper and your own unique, farm-grown crops.
Create a Mold
Find an old, empty, wooden picture frame or embroidery frame at home or at a flea market; the inside of the frame should be the size and shape of the paper you want to make. Cut a piece of window or door screen, stretch it over the frame as tight as possible and staple it to the frame. This is your paper mold.
Optional: When the paper is formed, but still wet, lay a pressed flower or leaf onto it and press to embed it into the paper.
Crops for Paper Additives
If you find success at creating homemade paper, craft it into value-added paper products you can sell on your farm.