How to Make Paper from Dryer Lint

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How to Make Paper With Dryer Lint
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If you use a clothes dryer, then you have dryer lint. Rather than letting it build up in your dryer lint screen, use it to make interesting paper to use in craft projects like scrapbooks and art pieces.

Dryer Lint Paper Making Supply List

  • blender
  • warm water
  • dryer lint
  • scraps of old paper torn into small pieces to add body to mixture
  • plain wooden picture frame
  • window screen material large enough to staple around frame
  • staple gun or waterproof glue
  • two large plastic dish pans or baby bathtubs
  • clean rags
  • old newspapers
  • rolling pin

Make your paper drying frame by stapling window screen material around the picture frame and stapling it to the back of the wood. You may want to make several frames so that you can make more than one sheet of paper at a time.

Place water, lint and torn paper into a shallow pan a bit larger than your picture frame. Allow to soak about 30 minutes or until saturated and soft. This makes a paper pulp mixture called "slurry". Scoop out one cup of slurry, put into blender and add more water to fill blender. Blend for a few seconds until it's smooth and mushy. Pour paper mush into large tub. Repeat several times until there's about 5 inches of mushy water in the tub.

Be sure to remove any clumps that you see so your paper will be smooth. Remember, your paper will be the color you see in the slurry.

If you want to add color, now is the time.

Now, immerse your frame into the paste, with the screen on the bottom. While it’s covered with the pulp, make it as level as possible, and slowly move the frame back and forth until there is an even layer of pulp covering the top of the screen. Slowly pick up the frame.Smooth out any areas that are still chunky or lumped together.

Allow the screen to drip over the basin and them move to a safe place to begin drying. Repeat procedure with additional frames.

Once the paper seems to be dry, use a soft rag to press down and release any water still in the pulp. Spread out the rag and leave it on the pulp. Once the rag is dry, very gently, remove the fabric. The paper should stay attached to the fabric instead of the screen. Once the screen and the paper are separate, without removing the fabric, lay the paper on a flat surface to allow it to dry.

Do not remove the cloth until the paper is fully dry. Once it has reached full dryness, gently peel it away from the fabric. The paper is complete and ready for use.