Make Your Own Paper

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What you will need:

●  Paper napkins, tissue paper, or other papers of your choice

●  Scissor

●  Any standard papermaking kit

●  Blender

●  Various stamps of your choice

●  Permanent fabric ink

●  Colored pencils, watercolors or markers

Take Note!

●  To lay in a design, cut out images from paper napkins, tissue paper or other lightweight material, and set aside.  Be sure all other noncolored layers of napkins are removed.

●  To lay in rubber-stamped images:  Using a permanent fabric ink, stamp or emboss image onto tissue paper.  Allow to dry.

What you will do:

  1. cut or tear the paper into a blender, add water and mix for 5 to 10 seconds.
  2. Using the kit, form your handmade paper.  Obtain more or less texture, as desired.  Pour into the kit mold.
  3. After removing the paper from the mold, immediately lay the napkin image or the stamped image onto the wet paper.  Smooth out, and dry as usual.  The paper will soak up the tissue paper, leaving only the napkin picture or stamped image.
  4. After paper has dried, color in stamped image with colored pencils watercolors, or markers.

Helpful Tips!

●  Don’t dry paper with an iron.  This will cause the paper to separate from the napkin.  If you have any edges that lift slightly after drying, simply glue down with clear-drying glue.

●  most materials can be found in art and craft stores nationwide. – Bato Balani




Flowers in Frames

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Flowers are precious mementos or souvenirs when dried.  You can make delicate and fancy designs by neatly mounting dried flowers in frames.


Pressed leaves and flowers of different sizes and shapes, sharp scissors, tweezers, mat board in pastel colors, thin cardboard, white glue, precut mats and frames, old PLDT directory, transparent plastic.


  1. Press the flowers and leaves separately in an old and thick telephone directory.  Be sure not to overlap the leaves and flowers.  Add weights to assure firm press.  Note:  Don’t use glossy paper since they don’t absorb moisture well.
  2. Make an outline of a ring, wreath,  heart on the mat board.  Use light traces of pencils for the outline.
  3. Carefully lift the pressed flowers and leaves with tweezers and place them on mat boards with pastel colors.  Match the mat board with the colors that will complement the pressed specimen.
  4. Apply white glue sparingly to the back of the pressed specimen.  Do not allow glue to smudge the pressed specimen on the mat board.
  5. Follow the outline and glue the pressed specimen according to your desired shape.  Mount your shaped pressed flowers to the thin cardboard.
  6. Wrap in trasparent plastic to protect the pressed flowers.  Stretch the plastic and fit to frames to finish.  A precut frame with glass plates will make your flower frames more attractive. – Bato Balani

Photo courtesy:  prettythingsdecor