It was fun and interesting to perform the process of making your very own paper product. You start by putting the white shreds of paper into the jar. Then you have to decide what colors of paper you will use along with the white. The Kiwico crate came with tissue paper and construction paper.
The crate comes with supplies for 3 sketchbooks. For the first sketchbook, we used a combination of yellow and aqua blue pieces of construction paper. This time we cut them even smaller and it turned out much better than the larger pieces.
The process is to place the white shreds of paper in with your pieces of colored paper and water. Then you shake it well until it is completely mixed and the white shreds of paper start to break down.
Next, you pour the mixture out onto a screen. You place another screen over the top of the mixture and press firmly until most of the water has been pressed out of the paper mixture.
Remove the top screen and flip your paper upside down onto a paper towel. Remove the other screen and press a few paper towels down firmly on top of the paper blotting all the water out of it. You can also use a roller or a cup and roll it over the paper to draw out even more water. This then needs to dry overnight before you can make the rest of your book.
The next day, the paper you made should be dried and ready to be assembled into a sketchbook.
There is a sticky-back cover that will stick to the back of the paper that you made. Take your scissors and cut the ragged edge of the homemade paper to be perfectly aligned with the sticky-back cover.
Next, you align the blank sheets of paper into your cover and secure them with the plastic clips and the sewing guide. Then you sew and bind the sketchbook all together.
We had to place our sketchbooks under some heavy books for a few days so that they would stay folded.
The second book we made was just the white paper and two different colors of blue tissue paper. The tissue paper breaks down quickly and ends up dying the white paper the color of the tissue paper.
The third sketchbook we made, we used cut up pieces of blue construction paper which were probably a little too big. The sketchbook stayed intact, but the pieces could've been a little smaller.
I hope you enjoyed this post. We really enjoy our Kiwico crates each month. At $20/crate you really can't beat it. It automatically comes to your door and reminds you to take pause and do something creative with your kids.