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Get basic paper-making instructions at one of these links:
       Basic, easy description by E-How
       Easy and interesting, creative projects, really cool examples from Michelle Phillips
       Thorough description with technical detail from Briar Press

Banana Peel Paper (pictured in top left corner)


  • 40-60 banana peels (fresh or frozen)
  • water
  • 1 tablespoon soda ash*

*soda ash helps break down the fiber in the banana peel and may be purchased at art stores or pharmacies, or try it without the soda ash but be prepared to cook it longer and blend it more~


Put banana peels in a stainless steel or enamel pot. Cover with water so there are at least 4 to 5 inches of water above the bananas and add soda ash if you are using it. Bring to a boil then turn down to simmer. Stir occasionally.

Cook for at least 3-4 hours. The mixture will turn dark brown with stringy threads and sediment. When it has broken down to the point where there are very few thick chunks, it is done. Let it cool-down before handling further. Process in blender in small batches. Blend using short spurts and lots of water. Final mixture will be stringy and gritty. Pour into vat and make your paper as usual.

Tip: 100 % banana peel will make a mottled brown paper with some serious texture. For a more uniform sheet, add recycled paper pulp or other fiber.

Recycled Paper with Metallic Strands


         paper scraps (uncoated paper: junk mail, newspapers, egg cartons, paper from your recycled bin)

         February Paper Metallic Strands (cut into bits and pieces)


Follow directions for making paper using the beginner instructions listed above. When you have reached the point of pouring the pulp into the vat, add your metallic thread pieces. They'll float above the pulp but that's okay. Add a little or add a lot. Make your paper as usual. Yum! Very festive.


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Early Chinese papermaking moulds (frames) were made of bamboo and horse hair.