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Making Paper from Grass

Britt Gow from Hawkesdale P12 College

❶Yes, you can write on the paper. When I think of the Easter baskets my kids will be receiving they are usually full of plastic easter eggs with small treats inside, a simple fun item or toy that I know they will love, a chocolate Easter bunny and a few other random things.

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Place the moss onto a tray and leave it out in the sun for a few days to dry completely. Spray clear varnish to the moss to help preserve it and place it in your desired location.

If the moss is not at your preferred shade of green, paint it using green spray or liquid-based paint. Place the coconut into a bow. Add a few drops of green food coloring. Stir the coconut together with the food coloring using a spoon.

Apply glue to the surface where the fake grass will be applied. Place the green coconut onto the surface and allow it to dry completely. Step 1 Cut several sheets of green construction paper into longs strips or strands, each a few millimeters in width. Step 2 Collect the strands and scrunch them together to give the crinkled appearance of grass. Step 3 Paint the base of whatever your grass will be placed on green or brown and apply the crinkled paper to the surface using glue.

Step 1 Wash the moss under warm running water to get rid of any insects that may be present. Step 2 Mold and reshape the moss into your desired shape. Step 3 Spray clear varnish to the moss to help preserve it and place it in your desired location. Step 1 Pour shredded coconut into a bowl. Step 2 Place the coconut into a bow.

Step 3 Place the dyed coconut onto a plate and allow it to dry for about ten minutes. How to make paper. Types of fibers and harvesting. Not all plants make good pulp strong enough to hold together into a sheet of paper, and some plant fibers are usable but require many hours of beating by hand or with special machinery to break down the fibers.

A good guideline for usable material: If the plant stands over 2 feet tall on its own, it most likely contains enough cellulose to make paper. Be sure to harvest responsibly. Take only small amounts, allowing the plant to recover, and be aware of the effects you might cause by taking plant material disrupting insects, for example.

You can experiment with how your harvest affects the resulting paper. After harvesting, dry grass completely and then bundle to avoid mold. Usually, long leaves are the best source of fiber. Iris leaves and lily leaves make strong paper and are easy to process.

Thicker leaves, such as yucca and hemp, are more time-consuming or not practical to process by hand. Spring and summer harvest: Only cut individual outer leaves near the base of the plant to ensure continued growth. Dry leaves completely and then bundle to store them. To turn your harvested plant material into paper, you must first cook it — literally, in pots — and beat it by hand, with a blender, or with another machine to break down the fibers into pulp.

Keep in mind that these instructions are for grass fibers or leaf fibers. Washing soda is the most available alkali — you can find it in supermarkets. Add alkali to the water before it boils. Do not add boiling water to alkali or vice versa — it could splatter or explode and burn you. First, weigh your dry fiber before wetting it.

As you work, sort out twigs or other foreign material. Heat the pot of water and add the washing soda before it boils. As the washing soda dissolves, add the soaked fiber and stir. Bring to a boil, and then turn down the heat and simmer. Every half-hour while simmering, stir the fiber and test it for doneness.

Turn off the heat and remove the pot from the stove. Pour the cooked fiber through a strainer into a bucket not down the drain yet , and rinse the fiber until the water runs clear. Make sure you remove all the washing soda at this point. Papermakers often hand-beat fibers, which generally results in the strongest paper. Others use large equipment specifically for papermaking.

The easiest and quickest method at home is to use a nonfood blender. Put the lid on, and then beat at a medium or high speed. The length of blending time depends on the fiber. Try about 20 seconds at first and then increase in second increments.

See the next section to set up your papermaking studio. Follow the step-by-step instructions in the photos above to learn how to pull sheets of paper.

You probably already own most of the equipment you need, could improvise with what you have, or could find inexpensive items at a local thrift store.

Water will splash onto the floor and on surrounding surfaces, so setting up in a garage or outside is ideal. Many professional ones are made from hardwood which resists warping from water , but you can make your own out of cheaper wood, such as pine, or even staple a screen to an old picture frame.

Instructions for making a mould and deckle are easily found online. This is a tub larger than your mould and deckle. Use a large storage tub, dish tub, a freestanding plastic vat with a drain and plug on the bottom, or even an old secondhand sink. These must be cut approximately 2 inches wider than all sides of your paper or your mould and deckle. Plastic buckets with handles. These will hold pulp and help in draining vats. Papermaking uses a lot of water. A press or sponges and brayer.

You can use sponges to remove excess water from your pulled paper, or you can assemble a simple press to squeeze out much more water and reduce drying time. Search online for examples; people have found creative solutions. A brayer or similar rolling tool is helpful for smoothing paper and releasing more water.

You may want to experiment.

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Aug 19,  · How to Make Paper. Are you a hoarder with heaps of old newspapers? If you want a chunkier paper, or paper that visibly has more leaves, grass, bark etc., then feel free to add more. You may just have to take more time grinding and experiment with the amount of water added to your pulp. Paper making is very much a personal thing 86%(58).

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Year 8 students at Hawkesdale P12 College made paper from grass using physical and chemical reactions. Add fake grass to art projects, dioramas and other models to give the realistic appearance of a green landscape. Making fake grass may appear daunting at first, but is actually quite easy. You can make it using several different methods, which include green construction paper, dried moss and even.

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This quick tutorial will show you how to make your own paper Easter grass in no time! How to Make Grass Out of Construction Paper. Construction paper grass helps complete a number of children's craft projects -- from shoebox dioramas to wall art. With a little time and a pair of scissors, kids can make fake grass in a few different ways.