What’s your favourite hobby? Mine surprisingly isn’t crafting. It’s actually, reading. There is nothing in the world, I would rather do then cuddle up with a nice book. And spend hours exploring the magical world it creates. At the moment, I’m reading Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett for the fourth time! It’s fantastic writing & a hilarious read. However, I’ve read the book a few times. So, I’m not particular about reading it at a stretch and stop,mark the spot & continue later, many times. That’s where my bookmark collection becomes very useful.
I’m one of those people, who always have a bookmark handy. Because I’m not very good at remembering the page I was on (If you fold pages, we need to have a talk about book etiquette!). Recently, I started dabbling with handmade paper. And although, I’m not the most proficient at it, I’ve happy with our bookmarks. Let me know what you think of them!
Time: 45 minutes
- Scraps of paper (roughly torn stationery, computer paper, cards, envelopes, quilling strips)
- Ribbon (we used these velvet ones)
- Sieve / foam meat tray
- Large shallow bowl
- Wooden slate/ book/ anything very heavy
- Single Punch
Steps for making handmade paper bookmarks:
- Fill the bowl with water and place a sieve over it, making sure it is fitting well.
- Make sure the scraps of paper are mixed properly. And there are no pieces of newspapers, paper towels or tissues in the mix. If you would like to give a light scent to the paper, you should add half a teaspoon of the powder to the mix. I added coffee, to give the paper a subtle aroma.
- Fill the blender 3/4 with water and turn it on, with a low setting. Slowly add in a handful of scraps. Continue adding water and paper, till you get a pulp-like mash. You want to add more water and less paper, or the blender will get ruined.
- Pour the pulp mix over the sieve, making sure it’s spread out evenly. If it’s getting too thin, you should add more layers of pulp over the base layer.
- Carefully lift the sieve and make sure the excess water has drained out. Let it try for 15-20 minutes.
6. Gently flip the sieve over a damp towel. Pat the back of the sieve with a sponge or tap it, to push the contents onto the towel. Lift the sieve and spread the pulp, so that there are no gaps in it.
7. Fold the towel over the top of the pulp and place it on the floor or on a sidewalk.
8. Place a heavy book or a wooden board on top of it. Stand over it to squeeze out the excess water.
9. Peel back the towel and very very carefully pick up the full sheet of paper. Place it on a windowsill and let it dry overnight.
10. After checking if the paper is completely dry, cut out long strips of the paper without tearing the paper.
11. Punch a hole and insert the ribbon to complete the bookmark.
Things to remember:
- Keep the blender at a low setting and slowly add the paper in. Or the blender can get spoilt.
- When placing the pulp on the damp towel, make sure it is spread evenly. Press down any lumps and spread out over any gaps.
- Try to drain out as much water as possible from the sieve.
- Be very careful while peeling the paper out of the towel, so that it doesn’t break.
- You can add a lot of elements to give the paper a light scent. Such as lavender seeds, coffee, orange or lemon rind, apple juice etc.
- This gets super messy!
How do you like our Handmade Paper Bookmarks? Let me know in the comments. Also, I’m looking for books to read, so let me know your suggestions!