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Trash-to-Treasure Papermaking: Make Your Own Recycled Paper from Newspapers & Magazines, Can & Bottle Labels, Disgarded Gift Wrap, Old Phone Books, Junk Mail, Comic Books, and More

Transform junk mail, newspapers, comic books, wrapping paper, food can labels, and old phone books into beautiful hand-made paper in just minutes! “Trash-To-Treasure Papermaking”, the ultimate guide for crafty recyclers, is every family’s answer to the problem of too much paper waste. With just a blender, paper scraps, and water, people of all ages will discover the fun of whipping up sheets of unique handmade paper in a variety of shapes, colours, textures, and sizes. From cards, invitations, and little bound books to paper bowls, wreaths, and ornaments, this book features dozens of creative projects for using the newly made paper. Author and master papermaker Arnold Grummer has devoted his 30-year career to developing the simplest method for making recycled paper. It is accessible even for preschoolers but fun and inventive enough to challenge crafters of any age. “Trash-To-Treasure Papermaking” features Arnold’s innovative techniques, shown in step-by-step colour photographs. A simple mould can be made from tin cans, milk jugs, or juice cartons; built from wood scraps; or purchased inexpensively. Add an old blender and start exploring the infinite possibilities of recycled paper. Before and after photos shows the magical transformations of each type of waste paper into its own distinctive sheet of new paper.

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2 comments to Trash-to-Treasure Papermaking: Make Your Own Recycled Paper from Newspapers & Magazines, Can & Bottle Labels, Disgarded Gift Wrap, Old Phone Books, Junk Mail, Comic Books, and More

  • CuteEverythingcom

    Fun and comprehensive! In Storey’s classic style, Trash-to-Treasure Papermaking is very comprehensive in terms of it’s subject matter. It starts out telling about the nature and history of paper (defined as tiny fibers that are bonded together), as well as common terms associated with it. Mr. Grummer also says that “all and any paper can be recycled, it it can’t be recycled it isn’t paper”. Based on that thought, you can see how any paper product can be re-purposed into a new paper product, which will be more useful and to your liking. There were many possibilities listed of what you can recycle, some of which surprised me: fast food wrappers, junk mail, labels on cans, old phone books, gift wrap and more.The author goes over the basic supplies of what you need, including a blender and a screen or even just a tin can for the simplest method of paper making. Trash-to-Treasure Papermaking is filled with photos and how-to instructions for every step. In addition, there are many extras, like how to add borders, paint and glitter to embellish your handmade paper. With your newly made paper, there are seemingly endless ideas of how you can turn it into fun and useful items. Making bookmarks, cards, garlands, wreaths, labels and magnets are just a few of the suggestions detailed in Trash-to-Treasure Papermaking.I really enjoyed the information about paper casting to turn your recycled paper into items like bowls, baskets or masks. And you can use molds of all types to make really interesting paper projects for things like decorations and gifts. I loved that idea because I collect lots of fun cookie and candy making molds, and now I have a new way that I can use them!Trash-to-Treasure Papermaking is such an excellent resource for learning how to recycle and reuse paper. By the time I finished reading it, I felt like I had a good basic understanding of paper making. I am very grateful Mr. Grummer and his daughter took the time to coalesce his expert experience with paper making into this wonderful volume. I’m certain it will be a huge benefit to people looking to find ways to repurpose unusable paper into something that definitely will turn into a treasure, just as the title states.

  • Sheri Newton

    Handmade Paper from Trash? Oh Yes! 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!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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