Adult Crafts

Handmade paper with hearts from scraps

I’ve been doing so many papery crafts of late I’ve accumulated a bag full of trimmings. This project is how to make beautiful handmade paper with hearts from scraps. Scrap card, scrap paper and bills! 💛

Papermaking handmade recycled paper with hearts

Not a scrap of paper goes to waste in my house and it doesn’t go to the recycling box either. I made this beautiful white paper out of some old bills – that were on white paper. Added in some bits of white paper and some trimmings or paper plates left from another tutorial.

handmade recycled paper making tutorial step by step

I’m not going to do a full tutorial here, if you want to see a paper making tutorial you can see one I did for another project.

You will need:

  • Papermaking mould
  • J cloths and a sponge
  • Somewhere for your sheets to dry
  • Scissors
  • Scraps of white paper and/or card
  • Scraps of coloured paper
  • A bowl to make the paper in
  • A blender
  • Tear up all the scraps of white paper and card and add them to the blender. You may need to do this in batches.
  • Fill the blender with water and whizz up the paper mix.
  • When you have enough or have used all your scraps cut the hearts.
  • I used a heart shaped paper punch for ease but you can use scissors if you don’t have one.
  • Put all the watery paper mulch into the bowl.
  • Hold the frame over the bowl and tilt the edge of it nearest to you into the water, then level it up.
  • Sprinkle some paper hearts over the top.
  • Using a mug / jug pour a little of the mulch over the hearts – this will bind them within the paper.
  • Follow the steps in this papermaking tutorial to form the sheet.
  • You can leave it to dry on a flat surface but I like to hang mine on an airer or clothes horse to dry in the sun.

You’ll end up with a stack of these beautiful sheets of handmade paper with hearts in. All from paper that you have rescued from landfill. I love the way the hearts sit within the paper. They are sometimes really bold and revealing and at other times they are a bit more shy.

What are you going to do with these sheets now? I spend a lot of time just looking at them, I never really want to touch them after they are made. It is really nice to use them for art and craft projects though and to add to journals. There is a great joy to be found in writing an actual letter to a friend or loved one on these special sheets. There is so much pleasure in receiving snail mail, but on handmade paper, nice touch!

I did use a batch of handmade paper once to make a paper garland – check out that tutorial 💜

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Papermaking handmade recycled paper with hearts
Papermaking handmade recycled paper with hearts
Papermaking handmade recycled paper with hearts

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