We must have had an industrial strength blender at the school, because I had a hard time shredding my jeans. I didn't want to ruin another blender (my husband tends to get upset when I ruin appliances in the name of art), so I had to use my food processor that I designated only for crafts. I love that baby. She is a whiz at grating soap and crayons, so I had to see how she fared with jean material.
Let's say she didn't pass muster.
- an old pair of jeans, cut into small rectangles or squares
- napkins from restaurants- we happened to have a menagerie from Subway and McDonald's
- blender or food processor
- old window screen
- We shredded the jeans using a blender and scissors. I found I had a lot better results using the scissors. Let me know if you have a better method.
- We pureed the napkins into tiny particles.
- We mixed jeans and napkin materials together and added water. We let them sit for awhile.
- I poured out the mixture onto an old window screen. I wanted the fibers to stand out, but if you want a finer grade of paper you can whirl them again in the blender.
- I pressed out the excess water and let the paper mass dry. It took about 24 hours to set up.
- I removed the paper from the screen and let the children create bookmarks for their Mother's Day gifts. We cut out rectangles, added stickers, and string. They thought this was pretty fun when they realized we had "made" this paper the other day.
I am including a link to Dollar Store Crafts' post on making paper from dryer lint. She has some tips that I wish I would have paid closer attention to. I would probably add a little cornstarch or fabric starch to the jean paper to make it sturdier. You can find Melinda's post here for Dryer Lint Paper.