Hand Papermaking with Plants (Illustrated Infographic)

Hand Papermaking with Plants - Infographic & Process - Paperslurry.comIf you ask someone what paper is made of, most would immediately say trees. However, with the hand papermaking process, you can use other plant fibers to make an incredible range of handmade papers. Check out this handy infographic (not quite a tutorial, but you’ll get the general idea).

Some plants are grown specifically for the hand papermaking process, others can be sustainably harvested from the wild, and even more can be made from leftover fibers from the garden, kitchen, or even agricultural waste (check out Fresh Press). To make strong paper, choose plants with a high cellulose fiber content.

Since we’ve simplified the overall instructions, keep in mind that each plant fiber requires different treatment along the way, and the resulting paper will reflect the fiber’s unique characteristics. And, there’s an endless variety of techniques for cutting, scraping, cooking, retting, pulping, sheet formation, pressing, and drying that will all affect the resulting paper.

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11 thoughts on “Hand Papermaking with Plants (Illustrated Infographic)

  1. I am submitting a proposal to do a hands on hand papermaking demonstration at the Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire in October. Is it permissible to make posters of the Papermaking with Plants Infographic for my display?

  2. Hello from Cambodia! I am new to Paperslurry and new to papermaking. I have a Hollander Critter as part of my activity program for patients at a trauma hospital in Battambang, Cambodia. I hve successfully made paper from sugar cane husks and banana tree trunk and am currently experimenting with cocnut husks but this is proving more of a challenge! Does anyone have experience of making paper from cocunut husks? I am having difficulty working out the right amount of fiber to make the pulp move freely in the machine. Any recommendations as to pound/kilo amount of fiber to put into the machine would be welcome.

    • Hi Anne, your program and paper sound great.

      Unfortunately, I have never worked with coconut husk fiber before. But, sometimes it helps to add already processed pulp into the Critter Beater, to help with circulation around the tub. Also, I find that sometimes too much fiber weight slows down movement around the tub, so maybe try adding handful at a time.

      Maybe there’s someone out there who has worked with coconut husks before?

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  4. Hi I am from Taiwan I am interest in that Hollander beater do you know where can I buy it,

    and we are using that acrylic fiber instead of paper fiber can we use this beater

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  6. Hi! I’m wanting to make paper with my grade 4-5 class, but we don’t have a mold and deckle. Is there anyway to do this with plants but without that? Would love some tips.

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