make recycled paper

India – Varanasi paper bag maker

Recycle paper

To recycle paper you need:

  • used paper
  • hot water
  • a large bowl
  • an egg beater or fork
  • 2 teaspoons starch
  • a small piece of window screen
  • a rolling pin
  • extra newspapers


  1. Tear or cut the used paper into small pieces and place in the bowl.
  2. Fill the bowl with hot water and add 2 teaspoons of starch.
  3. Let the paper soak for an hour.
  4. Beat the paper until soft and mushy to make ‘pulp’.
  5. Dip the screen into the bowl and slide it under the pulp.
  6. Lift the screen up with the pulp on it and let the excess water drip off the screen.
  7. Carefully turn the screen upside down onto the newspaper.
  8. Slowly lift the screen from the pulp.
  9. Let the pulp dry until it stiffens but is still damp. Then roll the pulp with a rolling pin to flatten it. With a knife, carefully lift the slightly damp recycled paper from the newspaper.