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Creating your Own Paper and Make Origami Paper Crafts

Updated on June 23, 2010

Creating your own paper crafts have been around for many years. As kids we made paper Mache out of newspapers and made all sorts of animals by soaking the paper in water and using a blown up balloon and gluing layers of paper on top of each other until you had enough, and creating the required shape. Then it was allowed to dry and painted to represent the animal. These were often used for money boxes.

It didn’t stop there. People used their creativity and started to make their own patterned paper to create cards, invitations and many other beautiful things. Paper crafts are a great activity for the whole family to have fun making things together.

 

Origami Paper Crane

photo by pipays photostream on flickr

Create your own paper

You can use a variety of assorted papers to make you beautiful papers. Some of these are:

  • Newspapers for grey smoky colored paper
  • Toilet paper
  • Egg cartons
  • Typing paper
  • Old napkins
  • Paper bags

Things you need to make your papers

  • Plastic dish big enough to lay your frame in
  • 2 Pieces of felt for blotting your paper
  • Blender to pulp the paper up
  • Choice of different colored papers to tear up
  • A Piece of screen the size of your paper
  • 2 teaspoons starch (if want to use as writing paper)
  • Spare newspapers to soak up moisture
  • Bottle or rolling pin

Method for making paper

Tear the pieces of paper into small pieces, and half fill blender. Fill the blender with some warm water and run the blender slowly then increase speed as the pulp looks smooth. Make sure there are no lumps. If using starch add it now and stir.

Place the screen in the bottom of the flat dish and pour pulp in. Move it around to get the pulp evenly on the screen. Lift out the screen and keeping it level let it drain. Place the screen on a piece of felt and place other piece of felt on top, these will act as blotters. You could put extra newspapers under and on top of this to soak up moisture.

Now use rolling pin or similar to press out any excess water. Remove the newspapers Turn over the blotter and screen without moving the pulp.

Lay it carefully on a shelf to dry for twenty four hours. If you made too much pulp then make another sheet of paper adding different colors to make it look different.

Ideas for preschoolers

 Sun Prints are a very easy thing for any child to make

This is so simple.  You can use anything from combs, buttons, and scissors, anything that will block the light and create a shadow, which in actual fact fades the paper around the articles.

 

You will need

 

Colored pieces of paper

Assorted items like suggested above

 

I have used a doily, button, comb and a stencil.  Just lay out on the ground or on a table and leave in the sun for several hours.

 

This can be used as an experiment for the children to explain just how hot the sun is and why they need to put on their sunscreen.  When you have the desired effect, the kids could even color them in which will give them something else to keep them occupied and have fun too.

Making Origami

This is another craft that has been around for centuries. As paper disintegrates there is no guaranteed proof as to where it originated from. Although some believe it was the Japanese, Chinese and then others suggest that the Spanish folded paper before the twelfth century.

People have folded paper as gifts to their gods

Paper Planes

I think nearly every child at sometime would have made one of these at school. There are some simple plans for planes this or more involved ones this site shows how to fold the paper for some of these.

Birds

You can also make a variety of different birds like Eagles, Cranes, bird of Paradise, Flamingos and many others

Fish

You can encourage you children to even make some fish and hang them from their bedroom ceilings. Some of these are Angel, Kissy, Goldfish, and many other paper crafts.

If you love making things with paper then I hope you enjoy making some from this site which shows you how to fold heaps of different things. You name it and I think you will find it there.

Origami: the Art of Paper Folding Plans

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      Jean Bakula 4 years ago from New Jersey

      This looks like fun! My son takes karate and for every party the dojo has, they decorate with origami cranes. They have made some beautiful ones. Also, one of his friends made a dozen origami roses for his girlfriend once. I thought that was so romantic! Definitely on my list of new things to learn!

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      Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      The Pelton, wow that would be a real shame to waste real money as too hard to get, great idea with the shredder though.

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      ThePelton 6 years ago from Martinsburg, WV USA

      One thing I find that is nice to have when making paper is a shredder. I happened to inherit one, along with some other things, and I find that you can turn a bunch of paper into little pieces, and then toss them into your tub along with other fibers, and get a paper with little half-readable bits all over it. Just don't use shredded paper money for this, as it is too strong a paper, and will fall out of the sheet after it dries.

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      Liz Goltra 6 years ago

      Great ideas. Thank you for posting!

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      p.sangeetha 6 years ago

      Thank you

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      Tiffany C. Hill 7 years ago from kareeniebeanie.com

      Thanks!

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      theindianblues, thanks so much for that glad it helped you.

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      theindianblues 7 years ago from Some where on the Globe

      Nice work and useful information. I was always wondered how the people make all those with paper and this hub gave me clue about it. Thanks for publishing such a nice topic. I voted up and marked as useful.

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      Alissa 7 years ago from Wethersfield, CT

      Awesome, awesome hub. Very much appreciated!

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      koffeeklatch gals, Thanks for that, its amazing what you can do with paper, that's for sure.

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      What a wonderful hub. Great information about making paper. Interesting ideas about oragami projects

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      Leptirela 7 years ago from I don't know half the time

      so COOL :))) love it

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Blue Parrot, there is a problem Socks arent paper though, but you are right you can make things from socks for sure. Thanks for stopping by

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      blue parrot 7 years ago from Madrid, Spain

      And also sock puppets. I think those are the easiest to make. You start out trying to make a princess, but if the result is not royal enough, you call it a witch, and if you are a feminist, you may call it a wizzard. At any rate it will need some paint and some colourful cloth tied around its neck. Your thumb and middle finger will be its hands. And then comes the photo session to get material for a hub ...

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      creativelycc, Hope you enjoy it, Its amazing the things you can make too from it.

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 7 years ago from Maine

      This is so cool, I'm going to try this next weekend. Great hub!

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      bkcreative, yes it is fun and something you can do with the kids even simple things. Without any mess too. thanks for the lovely comments too. cheers

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I've been planning to make paper forever - you make it seem so easy. Ok, I'll bookmark this and use it for reference. I'm a big origami fan by the way.

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      support med, yes there are so many different types of craft too we just cannot do all of them but hey its fun trying.

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      nikki1 7 years ago

      Love this hub. Thank you. I love crafting.

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      ethel, yes kids love this type of thing. thank for stopping by

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      We used to do this years ago and have just decided to give our book on origami to our young relatives. Fun Hub Eileen

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      prasetio30, thanks yes can be fun for the kids. or creative things to do for the adults. others very hard to do from some of the origami ones that I have seen..

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Nice information. I think my student liked to make one. Origami is a good crafts and we need patience to make kind of origami. But nice to tried. Good work, my friend.

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      lamme, thanks, hope you have fun doing it.

      aleida_77, I never thought of it like that thanks, it keeps kids busy and doing something. thanks both for reading.

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      aleida_77 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      What a fun hub. This is somewhere between a science experiment and art. Love it!

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      Lamme 7 years ago

      Thumbs up! I'm bookmarking this hub, we're going to use it for one of our homeschooling projects. Thanks for the great information.

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Jill of all trades. thats awful losing it to the hungry little devils. Oh well maybe this will get your creativness started again. cheers thanks.

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      jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines

      I love this hub! I love doing things with paper. Would you believe I used to have a collection of gift wrappers and other papers until some enterprising termites digested them? Hahaha. Anyway, I still love working with paper but I stopped having a collection.

      Thanks for all the exciting ideas in this hub.

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      haaris_1, thanks for taking the time to read

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      haaris_1 7 years ago

      what a wonder ful hub Eileen... Thanks for sharing : )

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      sage williams, Glad you liked it, something for the kids to do as they love making a mess. And it is also easy to clean up too.

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      Sage Williams 7 years ago

      You did a great job on this hub. It was really interesting, I am a little familiar with this as my daughter one time used my blender for making paper.

      Great Job, enjoyed learning.

      Sage

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      heart4theword, thanks for stopping by and commenting

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      heart4theword 7 years ago from hub

      Have never tryed myself to make my own designer paper, thanks for the tips!

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Hypnodude, thanks so much for your helpand for reading it

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      Andrea 7 years ago from Italy

      Very interesting, and well written. Rated and stumbled.

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      licot, thanks for the comments, glad it will help you with the kids, thanks for stopping by

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      licot 7 years ago

      good...very nice hub... can share all this idea to my nephews, niece and cousins... thank q for all this ideas & tips.

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      jannyc, good on you , way to go. cheers

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      JannyC 7 years ago

      Excellent projects. I enjoy origami now I can learn it and show my son how cool his mom is. Lol

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      ripplemaker, that link at the bottom will help you out with patterns and ideas. thanks for reading.

      Specialk3749, paper making is fun you can use leaves and natural nature things to mix in with the papers too.

      lctodd1947, great to do with the grandy's for sure.

      daisyjae, Its brilliant as a family project, mum can do the harder ones and the kids easier ones. Good messy fun though

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      daisyjae 7 years ago from Canada

      This looks like a fun one to do with the kids, I'll have to bookmark this one.

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      lctodd1947 7 years ago from USA

      This is magnificant...Lady you are knowledgeable...thank you for sharing this information with us. Maybe I will have some grands one day!!!

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      Karen Metz 7 years ago from Michigan

      My kids love doing oragami, but we have never tried making our own paper. I think this would be a great idea and a good recycling project as well. Thanks for the information and ideas!

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Eileen, my nephew was just asking me to make a paper boat. :) Children do enjoy making paper crafts. Thanks!

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Glad to have you come by and comment. thanks

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      AARON99 7 years ago

      Excellent hub! This hub once again inspired me. Well done. Enjoy.