July 25, 2011

Trash to Treasure Papermaking by Arnold Grummer

Trash to Treasure Papermaking by Arnold Grummer will guide you on how to make your very own recycled paper. It really isn’t that hard to do and with common items you can recycle your own paper in no time!

Book Description
“Transform junk mail, newspapers, comic books, wrapping paper, labels from cans and bottles, old phone books, and more into beautiful handmade paper in just minutes! Trash-to-Treasure Papermaking shows you how to create unique sheets in a variety of shapes, colors, textures, and sizes, using just a blender and some water. The book also features dozens of fabulous projects you can make with the newly created paper—such as cards, invitations, little bound books, paper bowls, wreaths, and ornaments. This fun, easy craft is suitable for everyone in the family, even preschoolers!” – Trash to Treasure Papermaking

My Thoughts
Trash to Treasure Papermaking is all about making your own custom made recycled paper. This book teaches you which kind of paper is best to use, how to make the pulp and then turn it into paper that you can reuse.

It might seem like it would be an intimidating thing to try for yourself, but it really isn’t that hard. I do suggest using an old or very cheap blender for the pulp though because you really don’t want to use it for your food or smoothies after making paper pulp in it.

The different ideas for what you can do with the paper like using napkins for patterns and also tissue is a fun idea. I personally really liked making the paper and putting in leaves and dried flowers in it – so pretty!

Overall, I found this book to be a really fantastic guide for making paper out of “trash.” I highly recommend it for everyone who wants to try this project too.

* Thank you to the publisher of Trash to Treasure Papermaking, Storey Publishing, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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