Recipe for Map Paper

For a new project that will be a wooden US flag wall hanging, I am making paper to serve as the stripes. But not just ordinary paper - homemade paper made from old military aviation maps. I will post photos of the wood portion in a few days, but here are the process pictures of making the paper.

 

Ingredients:

  • An old, hand-me-down, rugged and worn blender
  • Maps full of color and writing
  • Water
  • Window screen
  • A big storage bin

 

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 2 hours for 12 sheets

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1. Gather maps or any paper you like

2.  Rip into pieces and add to blender

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3.  Add water and mix it up.  I blend some thoroughly and others for a shorter period depending on how much of the maps I want to remain recognizable in the paper

4.  Pour into screen frame

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5.  Press between another screen and press again (and press again) to get as much water out as possible

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6.  Press some more with a wood block to ensure the paper bonds with each other.  Put in a paper press and let dry for several days

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detail of the paper showing the pieces of aviation maps

above is a detail of the paper showing the pieces of aviation maps

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Stay tuned for how I am going to incorporate this paper into my wooden 3D US flag.

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